Oakland, Seattle-Tacoma hit by ILWU job slowdowns as deal remains elusive

Slowdown tactics employed by the ILWU last week reduced cargo handling productivity in Oakland and Seattle-Tacoma and come as the union and waterfront employers continue to negotiate for a new contract.

FMC’s Bentzel wants agency to harmonize container tracking

While US ports would operate their own data system through the FMC’s Marine Transportation Data Initiative, the agency would standardize what data needs to be shared and when.

MSC takes first step into air cargo market

Cementing access to controlled air freight capacity is behind MSC’s move to join peers CMA CGM and Maersk in launching an air cargo division.

JOC Rankings: Trans-Pacific NVOs struggle to maintain 2021 market share gains

A surge in shipper demand for NVO capacity in 2021 did little to open up long-term relationships opportunities with trans-Pacific intermediaries.

New Savannah tariff prods ocean carriers to pick up empties

The Georgia Ports Authority is lowering the number of empties carriers can store at its terminals and increasing fees for storing empties that exceed those allotments.

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While the security guard contract is separate from the coastwide longshore deal being negotiated, officials are working feverishly to avoid a strike, given the possibility that dockworkers would honor any picket lines, thus shutting down affected terminals.
The Port of Oakland says increasing a long-dwell container fee is needed to reduce congestion on the docks, but the port’s largest terminal worries that could attract unwanted pushback from the FMC.
This year will mark the peak of container shipping profitability, with carriers entering an unavoidable downturn in the markets, according to global bank HSBC.
The recently ample supply of equipment has cut the price of new 40-foot containers by about 20 percent since late last year, and the price could soften further into 2023, according to Drewry.
There is still no silver-bullet carbon-neutral fuel solution available to the shipping industry, but the cost implications of decarbonizing the global maritime industry are becoming clearer, says DNV.