Maritime

The Journal of Commerce is the industry’s source for maritime news and analysis about ocean container shipping, logistics, supply chains, global shipping ports, shipping technology solutions and end-to-end connectivity. Coverage tracks the movement of containerized cargo — from origin to destination — handled by marine terminals in the US and abroad, depots, container ports, container lines, drayage, consignees and shippers, forwarders, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and off-dock warehousing providers, as well as pricing, capacity, volume and reliability on the trans-Pacific, Asia-Europe, North America-Caribbean, Central and South American and intra-Asia trades.

The latest Maritime News & Analysis

Indian government caves to labor pressure, backs off port reform

JOC Staff |
The Indian federal government is retreating from a controversial “corporatization” plan to transform ‘major’, or public, port trusts into independent companies following stiff opposition from labor unions and some political groups, dealing a big blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reform efforts to stimulate trade and economic growth.
International portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Japan's aggressive approach on trade could open new markets

Alan M. Field, Contributing Editor |
In a historic policy shift, Japan’s Abe government hopes to leverage the potential of free trade agreements to revitalize its medium- and long-term economic productivity and global competitiveness.
Container lines

Major Inland Empire project draws local pushback

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The delicate balance that industrial real estate developers in Southern California’s Inland Empire hope to achieve between expansion of the warehouse and logistics sector and the desire of local communities to cap traffic congestion and pollution has come to a head with a proposed 2,600-acre project in Moreno Valley, California.
Drayage

Southern California ports launch update of Clean Air Action Plan

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
If other ports reduced harmful diesel emissions by as much as 90 percent since 2005 like Los Angeles and Long Beach have, many of them would say enough already and would be happy with their accomplishments. The Southern California ports, however, are planning ahead for even stricter emissions goals for 2023 and beyond.
North American ports

Hoegh ship leaves Mombasa after detention for undeclared UN guns

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
The ro-ro vessel Höegh Transporter has been released from detention in the Kenyan port of Mombasa where it was held for more than a week after authorities found undeclared weapons in a consignment of United Nations military vehicles from Mumbai.
Maritime

Eastbound trans-Pacific rates continue tumble despite strong volumes

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Freight rates in the eastbound Pacific trades lanes continued to decline this past week even though the trend in container volumes has been decidedly positive. With overcapacity a problem during this peak season, carriers are either unable to raise their rates, or choose not to do so because they fear they will lose business to competitors.
Container lines

HPH extends Barcelona concession, pledges full automation

Jem Newton, Special Correspondent |
The Port of Barcelona has announced a deal with Hutchison Port Holdings to extend the current 30-year concession HPH holds for operating Barcelona Europe South Terminal by 15 years in exchange for the operator investing $6.5 billion in automation to boost productivity, according to local newspapers.
Marine terminals

Chances of rate rally in Asia-Europe trades are slim

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
As if a huge surplus in capacity weren’t enough, container shipping in the troubled Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trades is moving into the slow third quarter with little chance of a rally in prices to ease the pain of weak freight rates.
Container lines

India is liberalizing shipping, but cabotage protections will stay

Ramadas Rao, Special Correspondent |
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.
Container linesTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

NY-NJ study narrows options for cross-harbor freight link

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
A study of ways to improve waterborne freight transport across New York harbor has narrowed preferred options to either an improved railcar barge “float” system or an underwater freight tunnel between New Jersey and Brooklyn.
North American ports

Santos engineers take on dredging vs. erosion issue

Rob Ward |
A university professor thinks he may have found a solution for saving a project to dredge the channel into the port of Santos to 17 meters, or 56 feet, and also the town’s prestigious beaches from erosion as a result of that dredging.
International ports

Oakland posts record revenue for fiscal year

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The Port of Oakland reported record operating revenue for the fiscal year that ended June 30, even though the volume of loaded containers passing through the port declined 6.5 percent due to work slowdowns and terminal congestion experienced during the year-long coastwide longshore contract negotiations.
North American ports

Reclamation work at Busan New Port inches forward

Xiaolin Zeng, Special Correspondent |
The long-stalled Phase 2-4 of the Busan New Port is getting back in motion with the submission of applications to begin reclamation works, South Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) announced Thursday.
International portsPort infrastructure

Danaos starts joint venture to buy secondhand ships

Greg Miller, Special Correspondent |
Danaos Corporation has launched a joint venture called Gemini Shipholdings to acquire secondhand container ships in a bid to capitalize on depressed prices.
Container lines

Maersk postpones Med-India hike, CMA CGM pushes Pipavav reefer GRI

JOC Staff |
Maersk Line announced it is postponing by a month the implementation of the general rate increase it planned to apply Oct. 1 on the Mediterranean-India trade lane.
Container lines

No end to spot rate decline as Asia-Europe weekly capacity stays ahead of demand

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
The Asia-Europe spot rate fell 31 percent over last week to its lowest level since mid-June, but the year-over-year comparisons are even more stunning and reflect a container trade being buried by excess capacity and flagging demand.
Container lines

West Coast ports claw back market share lost to diversions

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
West Coast ports rode a wave of Asian imports in August to take back market share they had lost to East Coast ports during the year-long labor issues associated with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union contract negotiations.
North American ports

NY to Rotterdam spot container rate slips

Dustin Braden, Assistant Web Editor |
The spot rate for shipping a container from New York to Rotterdam fell slightly for the week ending Sept. 25, but continued to hold relatively steady after a nearly 31 percent drop in late August, according to the World Container Index.
North American ports

Ebeling named CEO of American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier

JOC Staff |
Eric P. Ebeling will become president and CEO of American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier, whose principal business is providing U.S.-flag ro-ro service for the military and other customers.
Maritime

Cracks could delay opening of new Panama locks, official says

JOC Staff |
Cracks in a sill of one of the new Panama Canal locks is “likely” to risk a delay in the scheduled April 2016 opening of the new locks, a Panama Canal Authority executive told Reuters.
Container lines

Georgia unveils $142 million capital spending plan for fiscal 2016

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
The Georgia Ports Authority plans $142 million in capital spending on cranes, empty-container storage, a new terminal gate, and other infrastructure and equipment during its 2016 fiscal year.
North American ports

McDermott to retire as Philadelphia port director

JOC Staff |
James T. McDermott Jr., executive director of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority since 1994, said he will retire effective next April 15.
North American ports

Crowley Maritime to acquire regional Americas carrier

Greg Miller, Special Correspondent |
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.
Container lines

Severe weather shuts down Port Botany

Zoe Reynolds, Special Correspondent |
Shippers using Port Botany and reeling from the impacts of labor strife in August took another blow as the facility was shut down Wednesday due to wild weather.
International ports

China punishes port service providers for overcharging

Dexter Yan, Special Correspondent |
The government of China has begun to punish port service providers who overcharge for services, giving teeth to a previously announced measure prohibiting excessive port fees in a bid to boost slumping trade volumes.
Marine terminals

Brazil undergoes policy shift it hopes will spur port investment

Rob Ward |
As a concession to the owners of the established port terminals and to encourage them to invest more in their container terminals, Brazil’s Special Ports Ministry has been negotiating to extend the concession periods before the contracts require.
International portsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Jones Act taught Matson how to compete in the trans-Pacific

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Matson learned years ago in its mainland to Hawaii service the importance of on-time performance, and it’s a lesson that has served the carrier well in operating its weekly express service from China to Long Beach.
Container lines

Ocean carriers’ next big challenge: north-south routes

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent |
The cascading of ever-larger ships from east-west liner routes to the north-south trades is the biggest problem confronting container shipping, according to an industry analyst.
Container lines

Hapag-Lloyd adds Durban to Asia-Africa service

JOC Staff |
Hapag-Lloyd announced it is upgrading its West Africa Express, or WSX, service by adding a direct westbound call at Durban, South Africa starting Oct. 17 with the arrival of the Busan Trader at the South African port.
Container lines

Carriers oppose Vietnam plan to make freight tariffs public

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Foreign shipping lines have expressed concern about a proposed Vietnam government decree that will require shipping companies to publicize their freight tariffs to protect exporters and importers.
Container lines

Competition fierce as NVOs fix sights on Asia-US routes

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Deteriorating market conditions on the Asia to Europe and South America trade lanes have seen NVOCCs focusing their efforts on the better performing Asia-U.S. trade, leading to intense competition on the long-haul routes.
Container lines

LA-LB rail opening advances shipper, environmental interests

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The Port of Long Beach announcement last week that the $93 million Green Port Gateway rail project had been completed was yet another step forward in a multi-year effort by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to invest well over $1 billion to expand rail infrastructure at the largest U.S. port complex.
North American portsRail News

Carrier capacity battle moves to trans-Pacific

Dustin Braden, Assistant Web Editor |
The general rate increases and capacity cuts that have defined the Asia-Europe trade for most of 2015 seem to be making their way to the trans-Pacific as carriers try to cope with overcapacity.
Container lines

Tampa joins reefer pilot program

Reynolds Hutchins, Associate Editor |
Florida’s Port Tampa Bay joins the ranks of other U.S. Southeast ports that will soon be able to handle direct imports of select cold-treated produce from South America, bringing new business to the Sunshine State and cutting logistics costs for produce shippers.
North American portsCool Cargo News

Walsh agrees to resign as Port Canaveral CEO

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
John E. Walsh, who launched an ambitious expansion program but this month apologized for referring to local opponents of a rail line project as “Luddites," is being forced out as CEO of Port Canaveral. His last day will be Jan. 21.
North American ports

Container shipping future looks bright, Hapag-Lloyd CEO says

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent |
Rolf Habben Jansen, speaking to the JOC Container Trade Europe Conference in Hamburg, cites scrapping and the Panama Canal expansion among the reasons for long-term optimism for operators.
Container lines

Jawaharlal Nehru Port adds more trains to clear cargo backlog

JOC Staff |
India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, which has been hit hard by a series of labor and other disruptions in the past few months, is turning things around with more intermodal services and the introduction of other proactive steps.
International ports

Nicaragua Canal start delayed again

John Gallagher, Special Correspondent |
Construction on the $50 billion Nicaragua Canal, which has been wracked by delays, will not begin until the first quarter of 2016 due to new environmental mitigation measures, according to a high-ranking government official.
Container lines

China manufacturing activity plunges to lowest level since 2009

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
China’s factory output contracted further in September, falling to its lowest level in more than six years as weak external demand continues to put the brakes on the country’s exports.
Container lines

Insiders: 'respect' and 'communication' critical to ending drayage issues

Reynolds Hutchins, Associate Editor |
Drayage truck drivers are leaving the industry in droves and it’s not just terminal congestion and poor pay that’s driving them out, say industry experts.
North American portsTrucking News