Short-Sea Shipping

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

10 Sep 2019
On the back of a deal with Bangladesh, India looks to expand its coastal shipping links with other countries in the region.
12 Aug 2019
Ro-ro volumes from Mexico handled by US East Coast ports are on the rise as shippers are turning increasingly to waterborne options at the expense of truck and rail.
NY to launch Northeast container barge viability study
24 Jul 2019
A study of shipper interest in moving cargo by barge on different routes around the Northeast Coast is expected to be underway by the end of the year in the latest exploration by New York and other authorities of ways to shift cargo from trucks to barges, reducing pollution and congestion.
26 Apr 2019
Low water surcharges on the inland waterways from service providers work on a steeply increasing scale.
23 Apr 2019
The US Maritime Administration has awarded $6.79 million in federal marine highway grants to container-on-barge projects in Louisiana and Virginia and a waterborne service that will move farm products between Long Island and Connecticut.
08 Mar 2019
A new barge service in the Port of New York and New Jersey could be up and running by the year's end, with routes to Portland, Maine, and Wilmington, Delaware, under consideration.
20 Feb 2019
The $421 million acquisition of P&O Ferries builds on the Dubai-based terminal operator’s purchase of European shortsea and feeder specialist Unifeeder last August.
Mundra Port.
24 Jan 2019
India relaxed cobotage rules in May to allow any ocean carrier to transport goods.
Pecem port, Brazil.
23 Jan 2019
A new weekly container feeder service, launched by Aliança Navegação e Logistica in December, is attracting shippers in northern Brazil looking for a new connection to the port of Pecem’s international and coastal services.
Containers stacked at a port.
23 Jan 2019
The new rule is similar to 24-hour advanced manifest rule for US cargo and recent regulatory changes in China.
Bartolomeu Dias at Manaus.
14 Jan 2019
The lesson gleaned by shippers and transport movers from the 11-day strike is – don't put too many transport 'eggs' in one basket.
Short-sea shipping.
11 Jan 2019
Coastal shipping in India has gained considerable ground following the May 21 cabotage relaxation.
Maersk SeaLand.
27 Nov 2018
Resurrected by Maersk three years ago as a regional operator, SeaLand has gone global, and the result is SeaLand Americas, SeaLand Asia, and SeaLand Europe and Med. However, the rebrand does not change the three’s operational strategies.
27 Nov 2018
The low water in German rivers will not improve before Christmas, something that's likely to frustrate shippers trying to move containers in and out of northern Europe.
A short-sea container ship.
21 Nov 2018
The trial program applies to Bangladeshi goods transiting through the border checkpoint at Petrapole — known as a “land customs station (LCS)” — for transshipment via the ports of Kolkata and Nhava Sheva-JNPT.
Red Hook Terminal, New York, United States.
20 Nov 2018
Red Hook, the port’s smallest terminal, believes barges can help alleviate the expected pressure on the port’s four main, New Jersey-based terminals and also reduce the New York metropolitan area’s truck congestion.