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

A Unifeeder container ship.
02 Aug 2018
The new loop with calls at Antwerp, Dunkirk, Teesport, and Grangemouth will start with weekly sailings every Wednesday (Antwerp) and Thursday (Dunkirk) on Aug 15.
Feeder ships on the Kiel Canal, Germany.
11 May 2018
The synchronized, regional recovery that’s boosted global container shipping has also ramped-up short-sea container volumes to the benefit of Europe’s feeder ship sector. Still, the good times are hardly problem-free and there are hurdles ahead.
Chittagong Port.
22 Mar 2018
The total effective tax on ocean going vessel businesses was almost 27 percent — something that discouraged business executives from investing in the sector. According to officials, the effective high tax rate also discouraged many vessel owners from registering their vessels in Bangladesh.
28 Nov 2017
The new loop is well suited for the booming general consumer goods and garments industry in Bangladesh.
13 Nov 2017
“Log In faces fierce competition in Brazilian cabotage and east coast of South America container services.”
06 Nov 2017
That state aid scheme underscores the importance the Narendra Modi government places on coastal and short-sea shipping.
27 Oct 2017
Efforts to bolster coastal shipping to ease port congestion and lower logistics costs gain momentum.
02 Oct 2017
The government has helped fuel demand by stepping up maritime investments and reforms to push port connectivity.
27 Sep 2017
Renewed coastal service will feed containers into ships calling at new JNPT terminal.
05 Sep 2017
Terms of the 50-50 joint venture were not disclosed.
30 Aug 2017
Samskip has not revealed how much it is paying for Nor Lines.
29 Aug 2017
Milaha will be in a position to offer twice-weekly calls at Mundra.
22 Aug 2017
Coastal cooperation with domestic peers could be a major driver of that liner turnaround.
17 Aug 2017
Log-In Logistica is reeling following the loss of 47 containers into the sea and a decline in volumes in the second quarter.
17 Aug 2017
The increase in earnings was driven mainly by higher freight traffic on North Sea and Baltic Sea routes.