Senior editor William B. Cassidy covers trucking for The Journal of Commerce. He is based in Washington, D.C.

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The idle container ship fleet has fallen to its lowest level since the global financial crisis erupted in late 2008 , as port congestion on the U.S. West Coast and in Manila keeps vessels in work.

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