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Owner puts heavy-lift giant Mammoet up for sale

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Mar 24, 2023, 2:46 PM EDT

Dutch conglomerate SHV’s planned divestment of Mammoet, the world’s largest heavy-lift and engineered transport company, could have a “very important impact” on the sector, according to one consultant.
Breakbulk shippingHeavy-haul transport

Shipping interests urge White House intervention in West Coast labor talks

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Mar 24, 2023, 11:23 AM EDT

The plea to the Biden administration comes just days after the Pacific Maritime Association said the latest job action by dockworkers caused “significant delays” at some marine terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
MaritimePortsLongshore laborNorth American ports

Fossil fuel price may outstrip green alternatives by 2025: research report

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Mar 24, 2023, 10:47 AM EDT

For carriers, accelerating the shift from existing fuel oil to a low-carbon fuel alternative could bring cost-saving benefits, according to Longspur Capital.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer lines

Ports America strikes deal to develop Gulfport container terminal

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Mar 23, 2023, 4:01 PM EDT

Mississippi’s Gulfport is looking to add more container handling capability with Ports America planning to redevelop a shuttered terminal for cargo handling.
North American portsContainer shipping

FMC querying carriers, terminals on free time billing practices

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 23, 2023, 2:44 PM EDT

Ahead of a June deadline to issue new rulemaking on detention and demurrage billing, the Federal Maritime Commission is seeking clarity from carriers and terminals about billing shippers when container pickups and drop-offs are not possible.
Container shippingPortsNorth American portsTransport, trade and regulation

Ocean carriers delay GRI attempts on India-US trades as rate slide continues

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent | Mar 23, 2023, 12:33 PM EDT

Local freight forwarder sources in India say they view GRIs more as a tool to slow the erosion in rates rather than effectively trying to increase prices.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesNorth American portsInternational ports

Europe agrees to ‘ground-breaking’ shipping decarbonization deal

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Mar 23, 2023, 11:02 AM EDT

The provisional agreement between the European Parliament and European Council negotiators sets out a fuel standard for ships that steadily increases the use of renewable and low-carbon fuels.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer lines

Hamburg strike action closes vital waterway to container shipping

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Mar 23, 2023, 10:50 AM EDT

The Port of Hamburg is once again being disrupted by strike action that is causing significant disruption to vessel schedules at Europe’s third-largest container hub.
PortsContainer shippingContainer linesMarine terminalsInternational ports

MSC adds Jaxport stop on trans-Atlantic service

Teri Errico Griffis | Mar 22, 2023, 4:09 PM EDT

The Scan Baltic to USA service, which will begin calling Jaxport in late April, marks the port's second trans-Atlantic service and fifth container service.
Container shippingContainer linesTrans-AtlanticNorth American ports

Charleston gets expedited hearing in appeal over ILA’s Leatherman lawsuit

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, Michael Angell, Associate Editor, and Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Mar 22, 2023, 2:32 PM EDT

The fast-track hearing schedule came after the South Carolina State Port Authority told the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals the port could become “bottlenecked” if ships can’t call the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal.
Longshore laborContainer shippingNorth American ports

Maersk going it alone, so far, on policy changes to free time billing

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Mar 22, 2023, 11:31 AM EDT

Maersk in April will stop collecting detention and demurrage fees on days terminals are closed and shippers can’t pick up or drop off containers, a move yet to be followed by competing ocean carriers.
Container shippingContainer linesPortsNorth American portsTransport, trade and regulation

MPV carrier Swire Projects eyes growth in Australian project market

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Mar 22, 2023, 10:46 AM EDT

New operator Swire is growing its fleet and gearing up to move cargo for the busy Australian minerals and energy markets.
Breakbulk shippingBreakbulk carriersProject cargo

Tale of two halves as OOCL banks $10 billion net profit for 2022

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Mar 22, 2023, 10:29 AM EDT

OOCL is so confident its balance sheet can withstand current market challenges that the carrier has returned 70 percent of its net profit to shareholders.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesTrans-PacificAsia-Europe

ILWU Canada triggers federal intervention in contract talks with employers

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Mar 22, 2023, 3:57 AM EDT

ILWU Canada is seeking significant wage increases, while automation of cargo-handling equipment, a source of tension in past contract negotiations, will likely once again be a prominent issue.
Longshore laborContainer shippingMarine terminalsNorth American ports

New IMO rules muddying vessel strategy for MPV, heavy-lift owners

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift | Mar 21, 2023, 11:20 AM EDT

MPV and heavy-lift vessel owners need clarity on emissions, alternative fuels, and regulations before committing to new vessel schemes.
Breakbulk shippingBreakbulk carriersProject cargo

Disruptions always lurking in container shipping: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and JOC Analyst | Mar 21, 2023, 10:52 AM EDT

While the ocean shipping market has largely normalized after COVID-19, stakeholders would be wise to pursue a business strategy that takes operationally disruptive events into account, writes analyst Lars Jensen.
Container shippingContainer linesMarine terminalsLongshore laborNorth American portsInternational ports

Cash-rich ocean carriers can ride out market downturn: AlixPartners

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Mar 21, 2023, 10:23 AM EDT

Carriers can use their windfall profits of the COVID-19 era to withstand the market downturn and are investing in strategic ways to supplement core liner shipping activities.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesTrans-PacificAsia-Europe

Proactive approach to ISPM 15 progressing despite roadblocks

Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Special Correspondent | Mar 21, 2023, 9:10 AM EDT

Breakbulk shippers and logistics providers have several proposals for changes to ISPM 15 mitigation and enforcement measures pending approval from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Breakbulk shippingBreakbulk portsTransport, trade and regulation

ILWU job action causing terminal gate delays in Los Angeles-Long Beach: PMA

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Mar 20, 2023, 3:24 PM EDT

Longshore workers represented by ILWU Local 13 are refusing to stagger their meal breaks at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, resulting in periods when no work is being done on the docks, says the Pacific Maritime Association.
Longshore laborContainer shippingMarine terminalsNorth American ports

Heavy-deck demand faltering, but long-term outlook remains strong

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Mar 20, 2023, 10:40 AM EDT

Despite a temporary lull, heavy-deck carriers and industry analysts see a “mind-boggling” outlook for global offshore wind demand.
Breakbulk shippingBreakbulk carriersProject cargoEnergy projects