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Terminal49 lands investment to pursue visibility automation

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 19, 2023, 8:45 AM EST

Demand for ocean visibility surged through the pandemic, including among software providers needing real-time container milestone data, an area that software vendor Terminal49 has targeted in recent years.
Container shippingLogistics technologyContainer linesNorth American portsInternational portsPorts

Port of South Louisiana buys Avondale terminal as wind cargo boost looms

Autumn Cafiero Giusti, Special Correspondent | Jan 18, 2023, 2:46 PM EST

The acquisition of Avondale by the port comes just as the state of Louisiana readies to auction its first round of offshore wind leases.
Breakbulk portsEnergy projectsBreakbulk shippingNorth American portsProject cargo

Market fallout from OSRA-22 to become clearer in 2023

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 18, 2023, 2:36 PM EST

Whether OSRA-22 — and increased FMC scrutiny — will produce tangible changes in how carriers and terminals calculate and convey detention and demurrage charges is still yet to be seen, as inaccurate invoices continue to plague shippers.
Transport, trade and regulationMaritimeContainer shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American ports

China keeps grip on global production, but search for options continues

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jan 18, 2023, 12:40 PM EST

The pandemic-induced supply chain disruptions in China have left importers searching for more resilience and flexibility in their existing supply chains rather than racing for the exits.
Container shippingContainer linesAsia-EuropeTrans-PacificSupply Chain

Asia-Europe capacity cuts grow as CNY fails to boost demand

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jan 18, 2023, 11:37 AM EST

Carriers on the Asia-Europe trade have stepped up capacity management measures as demand weakens through the traditionally busy Lunar New Year period and beyond.
Container shippingContainer linesAsia-Europe

ECU parent forms investment partnership with logistics-focused VC firm

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 18, 2023, 10:00 AM EST

A partnership between venture firm Northstar and India’s Allcargo Group is meant to formalize their joint investment plans into logistics-focused startups over the next year.
ForwardingContainer shippingLogistics technologySupply Chain

Trans-Pac spot rate spread for East, West coasts narrows ahead of Lunar New Year

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jan 17, 2023, 4:29 PM EST

The narrowing spread between East and West coast spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific comes as spot rates to the East Coast have fallen by 18 percent over the past six weeks while West Coast rates have ticked slightly higher.
Longshore laborContainer shippingNorth American portsPortsTrans-Pacific

French port group Haropa expands inland river network

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jan 17, 2023, 11:27 AM EST

Import weakness kept volume flat at the merged French ports of Le Havre, Rouen, and Paris, but an improved river and rail network resulted in a large rise in hinterland traffic.
Container shippingContainer linesAsia-Europe

RoadOne looks to tap Houston freight growth with deal for Texas drayage carrier

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 17, 2023, 10:59 AM EST

The sharp increase in freight activity seen at the Port of Houston over the past year has prompted national drayage provider RoadOne IntermodaLogistics to acquire a Texas motor carrier.
TruckingNorth American portsDrayageTruckload

Lack of space costing Zeebrugge new ro/ro clients: port

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Jan 17, 2023, 10:25 AM EST

Zeebrugge’s ro/ro traffic rose 6.5 percent in 2022, even as congestion and tight capacity constrained potential growth.
Breakbulk shippingRo/ro cargo

Pass-through fees could disincentivize carriers from decarbonizing: shippers

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jan 17, 2023, 9:10 AM EST

Shippers are generally willing to share in the cost of reducing carbon emissions, but they worry a lack of transparency in pass-through charges could allow shipping lines to continue burning fossil fuels.
Container shippingContainer linesAsia-EuropeTrans-PacificTrans-Atlantic

MPV rates slump as breakbulk moves back to container sector

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor | Jan 13, 2023, 3:22 PM EST

Despite a decline in daily charter rates, the longer-term MPV outlook remains strong due to increased investments in oil and gas and renewables projects.
Breakbulk shippingBreakbulk carriers

Maersk inks new deals as decarbonization drive continues

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jan 13, 2023, 11:57 AM EST

Decarbonizing its entire business by 2040 requires collaboration across Maersk’s global supply chain, pushing the carrier to sign partnerships in strategic areas to achieve its net-zero ambitions.
MaritimeContainer shippingContainer linesInternational ports

New services, West Coast labor talks push NY-NJ into top US port spot

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 13, 2023, 11:15 AM EST

The growth at the Port of New York and New Jersey was accompanied by persistent container and vessel backlogs and truck congestion, but volumes are expected to taper off in 2023.
Container shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American ports

Europe string reinstates South India rotation after schedule disruptions

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent | Jan 13, 2023, 10:49 AM EST

The IEX service’s nine-vessel routing has experienced serious reliability challenges since early last year amid the pandemic-linked port flow turmoil.
Container shippingContainer linesInternational ports

Plunge in trans-Pac rates, volumes sink Q4 revenues for Taiwan carriers

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Jan 12, 2023, 3:27 PM EST

Despite the fourth-quarter crash in revenues, all three Taiwan-based carriers still booked record revenues for the full year, suggesting they will report bumper profits for 2022.
Container shippingContainer linesNorth American portsTrans-Pacific

Zim wades into trade finance market with startup investment

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jan 12, 2023, 12:13 PM EST

Zim has joined a growing group of companies that see potential in giving small importers and exporters access to digital finance tools through an investment in an Israel-based startup.
Logistics technologyContainer linesSupply Chain

West Coast cargo bleed to continue until labor talks are resolved: stakeholders

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jan 12, 2023, 12:02 PM EST

The West Coast’s share of US imports from Asia will continue to deteriorate in the first quarter and beyond until terminal operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union agree on a new contract, sources say.
Longshore laborMaritimeContainer shippingMarine terminalsContainer linesNorth American portsTrans-Pacific

Don’t confuse ocean market collapse with carrier weakness: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and JOC Analyst | Jan 12, 2023, 10:46 AM EST

Despite the collapse in spot rates, ocean carriers are fundamentally in a stronger position than in the past, and shippers would be wise not to confuse a temporary downcycle with the liners’ structurally stronger long-term position, writes analyst Lars Jensen.
Container shippingAsia-EuropeTrans-Pacific

Jaxport secures funding to raise power lines for Blount Island big-ship calls

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jan 11, 2023, 4:14 PM EST

The Port of Jacksonville said it has the estimated funding in place from the city and state of Florida to increase the air draft on its main ship channel to accommodate larger post-Panamax vessels.
Container shippingContainer linesNorth American ports