Short-Sea Shipping

Coverage of barge and cargo shipping, as well as the coastal trade industry.


Through much of the 1990s and early 2000s, short-sea shipping was the next great thing for U.S. ports. Then it got forced into the shadows. Why the Marine Highway is stuck in reverse, and why we need to give it a better shot.

News & Analysis

28 Jan 2016
Shippers looking for another way to access central Norway can now tap a Samskip Multimodal short-sea service after the carrier added a call to Gjemnes.
18 Dec 2015
Channel tunnel operator Eurotunnel has said that it will be seeking permission from a France court to sell the freight ferry Nord-Pas-de-Calais following a British Supreme Court judgement confirming earlier decisions by the U.K. competition authorities barring it from operating out of the port of Dover.
27 Nov 2015
India and Bangladesh are moving closer to allowing introduction of coastal shipping services between the two countries with the goal of boosting bilateral trade.
23 Nov 2015
DFDS’s record quarterly profit has highlighted the rebound in northern Europe’s short sea shipping traffic and the positive impact of low fuel prices as ships face tougher environmental standards.
25 Sep 2015
India’s director general of shipping Deepak Shetty said that while the country is working to streamline its bureaucracy to facilitate maritime trade, the total removal of cabotage protections was out of the question.
24 Sep 2015
Crowley Maritime has signed a letter of intent to acquire SeaFreight Agencies, a Florida-based operator in the Caribbean and and South American trades in the latest example of consolidation in the region's container sector.
15 Sep 2015
The U.S. Congress would no longer require U.S.-flag vessels to move goods between the mainland and Puerto Rico under a five-year debt restructuring plan proposed Wednesday by Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla.
14 Sep 2015
New Delhi on Monday approved relaxing its cabotage law to allow foreign roll-on, roll-off ship operators to offer coastal services, another big step by the Narendra Modi-led government to reduce supply chain bottlenecks.
09 Sep 2015
The Indian government has announced it is considering the establishment of a number of small ports, private ports for coastal shipping, taking another step toward improving supply chain services that have taken a hit in recent years amid port infrastructure bottlenecks and growing cargo volumes.
14 Aug 2015
Shreyas Shipping and Logistics swung to a Rs. 16.52 crore (about $2.54 million) net profit in the first fiscal quarter, from a loss of Rs. 19.66 crore ($3 million) a year earlier, as India’s fast-growing short-sea ship operator acquired new ships and significantly expanded its service network.