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Generative AI likely to be impactful in logistics, just not in a public-facing way

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jun 30, 2023, 8:00 AM EDT

ChatGPT made so-called generative AI more accessible to the general public, including logistics professionals, and some software vendors believe it will change how humans interact with core transportation systems.
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Vessel schedule reliability to US West Coast hits two-year high: Sea-Intelligence

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 29, 2023, 4:24 PM EDT

Vessel on-time performance in the eastbound trans-Pacific is improving at West Coast ports, but slipping somewhat along the East Coast.
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Trudeau’s resolve in spotlight with Western Canadian ports on brink of strike

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Jun 29, 2023, 3:25 PM EDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is generally viewed within the Canadian shipping industry as having acted too slowly — and weakly — when containerized supply chains were significantly disrupted over the last three years, notes Journal of Commerce Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
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South Korean entities to develop Chicago, New Jersey transloading facilities

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jun 29, 2023, 9:00 AM EDT

The locations were chosen based on their proximity to key rail, airport and port facilities, the partners said.
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European hub ports invest in terminal automation, digitization

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jun 29, 2023, 8:00 AM EDT

Despite the subdued market environment, the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp-Bruges expect rising volumes to place significant demand on capacity and vessel traffic management, prompting investment in both areas.
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ILWU Canada plans to strike British Columbia ports on Saturday

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jun 28, 2023, 5:02 PM EDT

The union filed a 72-hour strike notice, which includes the Port of Vancouver, claiming maritime employers have refused to negotiate on the main issues of compensation and automation.
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Trans-Pac blank sailings ebb as carriers take in newer, larger ships

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jun 28, 2023, 1:26 PM EDT

The more aggressive approach to managing ship capacity seen in April and May has waned as new ships enter service and imports possibly see a nominal uptick.
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Zim forwarding arm Ship4wd targets small shippers with new finance tools

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jun 28, 2023, 10:05 AM EDT

Zim said the financial products are particularly needed amid a slowdown in freight demand as small and mid-sized businesses continue to battle significant financial friction.
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Nuvocargo rides Mexico-US freight surge to land fresh investment

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jun 27, 2023, 12:25 PM EDT

Nuvocargo will use the new funding to expand its service footprint to all major over-the-road border crossings between the US and Mexico.
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New HMM service covers strong Mediterranean, India markets

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jun 27, 2023, 10:32 AM EDT

Solid demand from both regions has encouraged the carrier to deploy its own vessels on the Asia-Med trade lane.
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Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jun 27, 2023, 10:01 AM EDT CEO Brian Glick’s initial vision for the company centered around the idea of making logistics system connectivity open to all vendors to allow shippers and logistics companies to better utilize their software.
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Small, mid-sized US shippers find falling trans-Pac spot rates hard to ignore

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 27, 2023, 9:26 AM EDT

With most new trans-Pacific service contracts in effect only since late May, container lines are already nudging shippers to meet their minimum quantity commitments instead of taking advantage of spot rates that have been cratering for approximately three weeks, sources say.
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Congressman adds ban of China shipping data platform to Defense budget

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jun 26, 2023, 11:29 AM EDT

Scrutiny of China’s access to US maritime data is rising, with a US congressman targeting China’s state-sponsored shipping platform in a Defense Department budget amendment.
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Maersk adds six ships to expanding methanol order book

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jun 26, 2023, 11:23 AM EDT

Methanol will play a leading role in enabling the carrier to meet both its interim and long-term emissions reduction goals as it charts a course for decarbonization.
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Net-zero shipping in IMO crosshairs as key London meetings begin

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jun 26, 2023, 10:53 AM EDT

The IMO’s working group on emissions has gathered ahead of MEPC 80 next week to discuss proposals on the level of ambition required to decarbonize shipping and the measures required to get there.
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SSA Marine looks to expand into new US ports with deal for Ceres

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jun 23, 2023, 3:16 PM EDT

Carrix, the parent company of terminal operator SSA Marine, said it has agreed to buy Ceres Terminals for its exposure to container business going to the US East and Gulf coasts.
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Demand pressure keeps India-US contract rates sliding despite GRI efforts

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent | Jun 23, 2023, 12:04 PM EDT

After two attempts to push through GRIs largely failed, forwarder sources in India believe it will be difficult for carriers to achieve success under current tight booking conditions, but liners have nonetheless lined up further rate hikes.
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Shipping path to net-zero rests on post-MEPC 80 regulatory progress: WSC

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jun 23, 2023, 11:01 AM EDT

While the London meeting of the IMO’s environment committee will revise its 2050 emissions targets, the next critical step is to quickly establish the global regulatory framework to underpin those ambitions.
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Soaring demand for lithium batteries puts focus on safety concerns: TT Club

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jun 22, 2023, 10:23 AM EDT

Lithium-ion batteries are already classified as dangerous goods, but observers say the category needs to be upgraded to reflect rapidly evolving technology that is raising growing safety concerns around their transport.
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NVO share of US imports from Asia growing in post-COVID ocean market

Peter Tirschwell | Jun 22, 2023, 9:32 AM EDT

Non-vessel-operating common carriers handle a growing percentage of US imports from Asia, but that hasn’t stopped traditional asset-owning companies from attempting to leverage core assets in a bid to differentiate themselves, writes Peter Tirschwell.
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Lackluster north-south demand, rates to rebound in Q3: forwarders

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Jun 22, 2023, 9:00 AM EDT

A combination of softer volumes and increased vessel capacity continues to drag on spot rates between Latin America and the US, but forwarders say they expect demand to begin to recover in September.
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Falling Asia container rates may be too much of a good thing for US exporters

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Jun 21, 2023, 11:09 AM EDT

There’s growing concern among some US exporters that outbound container spot rates are too low, recalling memories of when unprofitable cargo was left on the docks and service levels fell in parallel with the bottom lines of ocean carriers, writes Journal of Commerce Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
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US ag shippers look to diversify exports away from West Coast

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor, and Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jun 20, 2023, 5:05 PM EDT

Even though port congestion has cleared and a longshore labor deal has been reached, ag shippers say intractable problems still plague their ability to move goods easily through the West Coast.
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UPDATE: Doyle lands new post after resigning from top job at Maryland Port Administration

JOC Staff | Jun 20, 2023, 10:30 AM EDT

William Doyle’s departure after three years, announced to Maryland Port Administration employees Friday according to local news reports, came less than a week after he received three traffic citations.
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Green groups challenge claims of ‘massive’ LNG savings by lobby group

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jun 20, 2023, 9:35 AM EDT

A report claiming that the lifetime fuel costs of achieving net-zero emissions through LNG will be approximately half those of other fuels does not present the full picture, according to climate campaigners.
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Louisiana governor aims to restore funds for new Port NOLA terminal

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jun 16, 2023, 3:32 PM EDT

Louisiana’s state legislators made a surprise cut to funding the Port of New Orleans planned to use for the design and planning of a new $1.5 billion mega-terminal.
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ILWU scores 32% wage increase, $70 million bonus in tentative new contract

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 16, 2023, 1:47 PM EDT

In addition to a 32% increase in dockworker wages over the life of the six-year deal, the tentative US West Coast longshore labor agreement includes a one-time $70 million bonus for staying on the job during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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West India ports reopen to limited operations after cyclone

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent | Jun 16, 2023, 11:58 AM EDT

Some inland logistics services have resumed, but vessel movements at the ports of Pipavav and Mundra remain suspended due to disruption stemming from Cyclone Biparjoy.
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Tentative West Coast longshore deal triggers lengthy ratification process

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 15, 2023, 4:00 PM EDT

After 13 months of contentious negotiations that spawned numerous job actions by dockworkers, the ILWU and waterfront employers will engage in a ratification process expected to take several months.
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West Coast labor deal finally reached, but the damage is done

Peter Tirschwell | Jun 15, 2023, 2:12 PM EDT

Labor woes along the West Coast over the past year highlighted a stark difference: Shippers on the East and Gulf coasts are customers whose business is valued, while West Coast shippers are not customers in the traditional sense, but more like helpless bystanders, writes Peter Tirschwell.
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May US imports highest of 2023, but down 20% from year-ago: data

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jun 15, 2023, 1:45 PM EDT

Most big US ports are closing out the first half of 2023 with year-on-year double-digit volume declines as retail sales falter, but the West Coast labor deal may spark a seasonal uptick.
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Hungry domestic market driving US Southeast cold storage development

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jun 15, 2023, 9:00 AM EDT

Refrigerated warehousing construction is “exploding” in the US Southeast, as one port executive put it, thanks to a growing population and increased demand for imported produce and other food products.
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ILWU, US West Coast employers reach tentative deal on new six-year contract

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 14, 2023, 10:18 PM EDT

The deal, subject to ratification by both parties, ends 13 months of contentious negotiations marked by on-again, off-again job actions that disrupted port operations on the West Coast and diverted growing volumes of cargo to the East and Gulf coasts.
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USWC talks notch some progress, but random job actions continuing

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 14, 2023, 2:30 PM EDT

Minor progress in West Coast longshore talks came as ports operated without significant disruption on the first shift Wednesday, but were not completely spared some measure of labor action by workers.
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Indian container flow hit by port capacity strain, cyclone disruptions

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent | Jun 14, 2023, 10:13 AM EDT

More supply chain disruptions are imminent for Indian containerized trade as Cyclone Biparjoy, a storm that is expected to make landfall Thursday, has now forced major ports on the western coastline to shut.
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West Coast ports ‘stable’ after ILWU, PMA agree to cooling off period

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 13, 2023, 1:35 PM EDT

The two sides will attempt to use the apparent truce brokered by Labor Secretary nominee Julie Su to reach agreement on the highly contentious issue of wages, which triggered disruptive job actions by ILWU locals over the past week.
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Ocean carriers guarding their digital gates as visibility requests increase

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jun 13, 2023, 12:03 PM EDT

A proliferation of visibility vendors amid increased demand for container status events is putting pressure on the websites of carriers to support multiple requests for the same data.
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Container volumes getting back to trend after pandemic surge: analyst

Larry Gross, president and founder, Gross Transportation Consulting; and JOC analyst | Jun 13, 2023, 10:06 AM EDT

The container shipping market is well down the path toward normalcy, and if current conditions continue for another few months, the surge-related volume overhang will be worked off, writes analyst Larry Gross.
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UPDATE: ILWU Canada votes to strike if contract talks fail

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jun 12, 2023, 5:30 PM EDT

The vote to authorize a strike at Vancouver and Prince Rupert comes as negotiations between the ILWU and maritime employers on the US West Coast appeared to hit a new low over the weekend.
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West Coast ports hit with new round of cargo-handling disruptions

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 12, 2023, 3:34 PM EDT

Disruption flared at West Coast ports as the Biden administration’s nominee for Labor Secretary flew to San Francisco in a bid to break the impasse in contract negotiations that some fear are rapidly deteriorating.
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