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

29 Jul 2022
Indian policymakers have had a heightened focus of late on the development of marine highways along the country’s vast river network in order to encourage a larger modal shift from land to sea.
03 Mar 2022
P&O Maritime Logistics is moving into the container market to provide additional capacity in lower-volume, higher-frequency routes.
10 Dec 2021
Shippers will be forced to dig deeper when South China barge operators limit services later this month to allow sea-going crews extra time to comply with China’s strict COVID-19 quarantine rules ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.
08 Dec 2021
DP World’s new feeder service is further proof that demand for short-sea or coastal shipping activity in India has grown significantly after restrictive cabotage rules applied to foreign-owned vessels in that segment were abolished three years ago.
14 Sep 2021
Reduced harvesting in Asia has created additional demand for agricultural goods from the US and Australia, but a shortage of intra-Asia feeder ships is preventing exporters from taking full advantage.
19 Aug 2021
The US Department of Transportation outlines projects along the US West and East coasts, Midwest, and Pacific Islands that aim to promote coastal transportation of freight.
24 May 2021
The US Department of Transportation is looking to further fund its decade-old bid to bring more container-on-barge services to US waterways with $10 million in new grants available for 2021.
20 Aug 2020
DP World subsidiary Unifeeder ISC has agreed to purchase three business units of the Mumbai-based Transworld Group, including the short-sea and transhipment carrier Shreyas Shipping and the forwarder Avana Logistek.
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.
Mundra Port.
12 Nov 2018
With the cabotage relaxation, implemented May 21, foreign-flag carriers can transport laden export/import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports without any specific permission or license.
Barges travel near the Rotterdam port.
07 Nov 2018
Executives from Imperial Logistics International participated in a wide-ranging question and answer session concerning the mounting intermodal transport challenges facing shippers and forwarders moving cargo around Europe.
06 Nov 2018
New port data collected indicate Chennai is slowly establishing a footprint in transshipment handling.
Containers stacked.
05 Nov 2018
India officials say the establishment of an alternative, river transport will help reduce highway congestion and improve supply chain efficiency.
A barge on the Rhine River.
26 Oct 2018
The low water has stopped all barge transport on a huge section of the critical European waterway stretching between Kaub and the Swiss town of Basel, leaving high and dry shippers scrambling for truck transport that is in critically short supply.
A barge travels at the port of Antwerp
25 Oct 2018
The Rhine River is now lower than the previous record levels set in 2003 as the dry spell that began in August has extended through October, and barges cannot travel past Ludwigshafen, south of Frankfurt.
19 Oct 2018
The new Amsterdam link will provide greater service resilience for the Netherlands-Italy rail option, as the connections to the two Dutch ports will run on different routes, enabling a flexible response to any rail-related or port-related delays, according to Samskip UK trade manager David Besseling.
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT), India.
18 Oct 2018
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals, which officially opened in February, has added a fortnightly coastal service from domestic shortsea ship operator Shreyas Shipping and Logistics.
Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
11 Oct 2018
“We want to use the Colombo port for transshipment of goods towards Europe and America, as it will help us cut lead time by nearly 10 days,” said Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president Siddiqur Rahman.
Port of New York and New Jersey
01 Oct 2018
The port and government officials have created an advisory committee, called the North Atlantic Marine Highway Alliance, to stimulate barge use and reduce truck traffic and the pollution and congestion it creates.
A DFDS ship.
16 Aug 2018
DFDS underscored its confidence, moving forward by placing an order today for a sixth ro-ro vessel that is designed to carry about 450 trucking trailers just two months after the order for a fifth sister ship at China’s Jingling shipyard.