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Wilmington port gets new operator after GT USA’s unsettled tenure

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jun 8, 2023, 11:28 AM EDT

The Delaware port will be turned over to terminal operator Enstructure, which has committed to advancing the proposed Edgemoor container terminal project.
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CSX looks to dismiss Hapag-Lloyd complaint amid FMC oversight question

Teri Errico Griffis | Jun 8, 2023, 10:19 AM EDT

While the FMC has jurisdiction over ocean carriers, it cannot regulate railroads simply because of their association with container lines, CSX said in a motion to disentangle itself from a demurrage complaint.
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IMO must set zero-emission target for 2050: Norwegian shipowners

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jun 8, 2023, 9:39 AM EDT

The shift to green fuels needs to be “supercharged” by establishing a clear zero-emissions target at the IMO’s July meeting, according to an Oslo-based shipowner group.
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Second month of big Asia-Med volume growth drives market optimism

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jun 8, 2023, 8:55 AM EDT

There are growing expectations in the container shipping market that the Asia-Europe trade will see a peak season this year as European import volume growth continued in April.
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CMA CGM to acquire share of Cosco’s Spanish terminal unit

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jun 8, 2023, 8:48 AM EDT

The Marseille-based carrier continues to grow its terminal portfolio in strategic areas as part of a broad move to control the end-to-end logistics of customer shipments.
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Rate of US import declines to slow into third quarter: retailers

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jun 7, 2023, 5:33 PM EDT

The year-on-year gap in monthly import volumes will only narrow as shippers start to ramp up back-to-school and seasonal product ordering, says the National Retail Federation.
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Hamburg Sud hit with $10 million FMC judgment in shipper retaliation case

Teri Errico Griffis | Jun 7, 2023, 4:45 PM EDT

The carrier was found to have willfully engaged in retaliation against a Florida-based retailer who had sought relief for $40,000 in detention fees.
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Seattle effectively shut, vessel backup builds in LA-LB amid ILWU job actions

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 7, 2023, 3:51 PM EDT

The latest labor-related port disruptions along the West Coast came as coastwide contract negotiations between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association were scheduled to resume Wednesday.
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Latest ILWU job action further energizes West Coast cargo diversions

Peter Tirschwell | Jun 7, 2023, 12:30 PM EDT

Shippers diverting goods away from the West Coast typically like what they see: Ports up and down the East and Gulf coasts that have invested significantly to handle growth, are customer-focused, take fluidity seriously and have experienced virtually no labor disruption since the late 1970s.
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Stage set for IMO to provide strong direction on decarbonization path

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Jun 7, 2023, 12:06 PM EDT

The International Maritime Organization has an opportunity next month to set more aggressive goals to slash carbon emissions, which could send a powerful signal to stakeholders needing direction, writes Journal of Commerce Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
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US importers still destocking, and delaying restocking in uncertain economy

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jun 7, 2023, 10:52 AM EDT

US consumers are still spending, but at a slower rate, and that’s pushing major restocking of goods further toward the back half of 2023, analysts and retailers say.
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USWC longshore contract talks resume while terminal disruptions continue

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 6, 2023, 5:12 PM EDT

The disruptions happening now are a repeat of events in April when ILWU locals up and down the coast slowed cargo handling to gain leverage on local issues, which prevented coastwide negotiators from addressing broader issues such as wages and pension benefits.
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MSC adds North American calls to Latin America-Europe service

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jun 6, 2023, 2:55 PM EDT

The ports of Boston and Halifax are getting additional trans-Atlantic coverage through a new rotation on Mediterranean Shipping Co.’s north-south service from Ecuador.
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Regulatory support critical for aviation’s green energy transition: IATA

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jun 6, 2023, 2:53 PM EDT

The air and ocean shipping sectors have set out their decarbonization agendas, but policy help is urgently required to underpin investment in new fuel technology and production, a global trade group says.
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Vancouver port authority searching for new leader after CEO says will step down

Teri Errico Griffis | Jun 6, 2023, 2:00 PM EDT

Perhaps Robin Silvester’s biggest accomplishment leading the port was shepherding the early stages of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project, which cleared a major environmental hurdle last month and will double Vancouver’s annual throughput capacity.
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Megaship deliveries add to growing capacity on Asia-Europe trade

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe | Jun 6, 2023, 11:09 AM EDT

About 65% of the current carrier orderbook is for ships over 15,000 TEUs in capacity, the majority of which will be deployed on the already oversupplied Asia-Europe trade.
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ILWU Canada threatens strike at Vancouver, Prince Rupert

Journal of Commerce staff | Jun 5, 2023, 5:39 PM EDT

ILWU Canada rank-and-file will vote later this week on whether to issue a 72-hour strike notice, raising the unprecedented prospect of disruption on Canada’s West Coast amid job actions by labor along the US West Coast.
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UPDATE: USWC disruptions continue as ILWU flexes power amid wage, manning gap with employers

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor | Jun 5, 2023, 5:22 PM EDT

The White House said it was monitoring the fast-developing situation along the West Coast, while a major retail organization urged the Biden administration to intervene and warned about the ongoing diversion of cargo to the East and Gulf coasts.
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New FMC complaint challenges ‘unlawful’ stevedoring fees in Baltimore

Teri Errico Griffis | Jun 5, 2023, 3:02 PM EDT

Two stevedoring companies are looking to the Federal Maritime Commission to stop what they say is an unlawful access fee at the Port of Baltimore after one of them was invoiced $1.2 million.
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Wilmington, Virginia top US port performers for 2022: index

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jun 5, 2023, 1:17 PM EDT

The Container Port Performance Index for 2022 showed that among large ports, China’s Yangshan ranked No. 1, while Ningbo and Guangzhou were among the top 10.
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