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US Gulf ports aim to sustain volume gains after banner 2022

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 6, 2023, 9:55 AM EST

Houston and Mobile are both in the middle of major expansion projects, including dredging to allow bigger ships to call, but those projects will not be complete until 2025 at the earliest.
Container shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American ports

Charleston’s growth drives private equity acquisition of drayage carrier

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 5, 2023, 4:41 PM EST

Population and economic growth in the US Southeast and the impact on growth at the Port of Charleston has prompted a private equity firm to buy a regional drayage and warehousing firm.
North American portsDrayage

Modest predictions for freight transportation as the winds of 2023 begin to blow

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor, and Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Jan 5, 2023, 12:09 PM EST

Some factors, such as the sharper attention both multinationals and smaller mom-and-pop sellers are paying to their supply chains, seem to be charting a new trajectory and are poised to help shape the freight sector this year.
Transport, trade and regulationLongshore laborContainer shippingSurfaceTruckingContainer linesNorth American portsTrans-PacificSupply Chain

FMC’s Bentzel eyes broad changes to ‘free time’ in ocean service contracts

Peter Tirschwell | Jan 5, 2023, 10:13 AM EST

An FMC commissioner is targeting free time granted within service contracts, terms that are privately negotiated between carriers and shippers, but which contributed to the lengthy dwelling of containers on US marine terminals over the past two years.
Container shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American ports

Falling imports mute capacity impact of California’s new clean-fleet drayage rule

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jan 4, 2023, 4:53 PM EST

Although truckers at California’s ports must comply with a new clean-fleet rule and enforcement of the AB5 worker classification law, declining cargo volumes should prevent a drayage capacity shortage.
North American portsDrayage

Slowing US growth expected to increase trans-Atlantic blanks

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jan 4, 2023, 12:20 PM EST

As port congestion eases on the US East Coast and in North Europe, capacity freed from the bottlenecks will add to the fast-growing vessel supply at a time when economic weakness is dragging down demand, with rates certain to follow.
Container shippingContainer linesNorth American portsInternational portsTrans-Atlantic

India-US string the latest to add Jeddah call as carriers scramble for cargo

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent | Jan 4, 2023, 9:38 AM EST

The Indamex 2 string, touted as the fastest connection between West India and the US East Coast, has become the latest routing to bet on a strategy around incremental transshipment cargo opportunities coming from Africa and the Middle East.
Container shippingContainer linesInternational ports

FMC upholds ruling against Evergreen in May 2020 detention case

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Dec 30, 2022, 1:39 PM EST

The FMC’s ruling seemingly strikes a blow to the “once in demurrage, always in demurrage” concept that had given ocean carriers a blank check to assess penalties when a container goes into detention or demurrage, no matter the circumstances.
Container linesNorth American ports

Record trans-Pacific freight growth to recede in 2023

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Dec 30, 2022, 10:30 AM EST

Inflation and high interest rates mean consumers have less buying power and will spend less, driving shipping profits down in the year to come.
Container shippingContainer linesNorth American portsTrans-Pacific

Vessel delays mount at Chinese ports amid bad weather, COVID-19 surge

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Dec 30, 2022, 9:37 AM EST

Congestion and vessel queues at Chinese ports could worsen in the run-up to the start of the Lunar New Year on Jan. 22 as COVID-19 infections continue to surge, affecting the number of dockers turning up for work.
Container shippingContainer linesInternational portsTrans-Pacific

Norfolk Southern to shut container spillover lot near Memphis

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Dec 29, 2022, 3:48 PM EST

Norfolk Southern Railway will shut one of two container spillover lots outside Memphis this week after a significant reduction in rail boxes coming into the inland hub from Savannah.
North American portsNorth-American rail

Hapag-Lloyd hit with FMC rail demurrage complaint

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Dec 29, 2022, 2:29 PM EST

The filing is just the latest in a barrage of complaints made against various container lines with the FMC in recent months, a flurry accelerated by major reform of US shipping law that went into effect in June.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingRailContainer linesNorth-American railDrayageIntermodal providers

Southeast US ports adding capacity to handle long-term volume growth

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Dec 29, 2022, 9:44 AM EST

Southeastern US ports are anticipating a volume slowdown in 2023, and hope to take the time to increase capacity ahead of the next surge in demand.
Container shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American ports

Sealand takes slots on restarted US-Venezuela service

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Dec 28, 2022, 12:56 PM EST

As the US eases sanctions that have helped cripple the Venezuelan economy, Maersk’s Sealand subsidiary is taking a small step to re-establish trade ties by offering a weekly service between the two countries.
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US West Coast ports start 2023 virtually congestion-free

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Dec 28, 2022, 9:30 AM EST

After a messy 2022, the West Coast is starting 2023 nearly congestion-free as worries rise about how much market share has been lost to the East and Gulf coasts.
Container shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American portsTrans-Pacific

Saudi Arabia aims to quadruple containerized trade by 2030

Peter Shaw-Smith, Middle East Contributor | Dec 23, 2022, 10:00 AM EST

With strong economic and population growth and freight related to so-called giga projects expected to boost demand, officials in Saudi Arabia are making big bets on maritime trade, including building a new 9 million TEU container port.
Container shippingInternational ports

Stakeholders say US cargo flow would be undermined by proposed FMC billing rule

Peter Tirschwell | Dec 23, 2022, 8:35 AM EST

At the core of the concerns expressed by carriers and terminal operators are what they say are the limits the FMC’s proposed rule on detention and demurrage would place on their ability to bill truckers and consignees.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American ports

ILA can sue carriers over Leatherman terminal calls: NLRB

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Dec 22, 2022, 4:24 PM EST

The International Longshoremen’s Association won a victory related to a dispute at the Port of Charleston as federal labor regulators say a lawsuit aimed at preserving their work on container ships was legal.
Longshore laborNorth American ports

New warehouse tenants boost NY-NJ's streak as busiest US port

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Dec 22, 2022, 1:45 PM EST

New Jersey’s warehousing growth of just 1 percent is butting up against the 8 percent volume growth at the Port of New York and New Jersey, with ever more shippers looking to tap the port’s capacity.
North American ports

HMM’s new inland access in India refuels single port call strategy

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent | Dec 22, 2022, 10:12 AM EST

HMM’s north–south inland solution in India ties in with an evolving industry strategy to aggregate cargo with a single port call, allowing carriers to maximize capacity utilization and save on port charges.
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