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X-Press Feeders inks Evergreen for intra-Europe methanol service

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The green methanol feeder service will initially cover Baltic and Scandinavian ports operating out of the Port of Rotterdam.
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Ro/ro carriers sign long-term contracts as bullish market kicks off new year

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The flow of roll-on/roll-off cargo shows little sign of slowing as carriers ink long-term deals with automotive and high and heavy manufacturers.
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ILWU, ICTSI Oregon end legal dispute, bankruptcy case with $20.5 million settlement

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The deal ends a more than decade-long case that involved claims that terminal operator ICTSI Oregon incurred damages when ILWU Local 8 engaged in unlawful work practices and slowdowns from 2012 to 2017 at Terminal 6 in Portland.
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Ryder acquires Cardinal Logistics, adding dedicated trucking muscle

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The deal gives Ryder a significant jolt in dedicated capacity as well as greater scale with existing and new shipper customers.
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C.H. Robinson sees cautious shippers, no near-term global demand upturn

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The largest US broker and forwarder expects ocean spot rates to subside after the Chinese New Year and for US trucking markets to slowly improve throughout 2024.
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LA-LB terminals use post-COVID breather to prepare for next surge

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
With existing capacity utilization at 70%, Los Angeles and Long Beach have probably delayed until the early 2030s the likelihood of experiencing pandemic-era congestion again, according to marine terminal engineers.
MaritimePort NewsMarine terminalsNorth American ports

DSV volume stabilizes in Q4 to deliver solid 2023 result

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
While down significantly from 2022, the forwarder remained profitable last year as fourth-quarter gains helped dull the full-year impact of sharply correcting global freight markets.
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US container import flows in 2024 likely to reflect major sourcing trends

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
US retailers and others will reduce their exposure to China as they can, chasing cheaper labor while also hedging the risk associated with relying on one origin for key goods and items.
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Roadrunner adds 135 LTL lanes, moves into Canada in major expansion

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Building on recent market openings, the point-to-point, long-haul LTL carrier is launching its largest growth push since a 2021 restructuring.
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India-US cargo flows hit by vessel space crunch amid ongoing Red Sea crisis

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Ocean carriers are not able to honor roughly 25% of their planned loads on available US East Coast weekly sailings out of Nhava Sheva and Mundra ports, local sources say.
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Red Sea attacks to muddle container shipping through Q2: ONE’s Nixon

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Longer voyages around southern Africa have created an instant tonnage shortage and will make it difficult for carriers to maintain weekly sailing schedules, says Jeremy Nixon.
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Gemini alliance a sign of wider changes within container shipping industry

Peter Tirschwell |
Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd’s public commitment to 90% schedule reliability is a direct acknowledgment of the heightened risk and uncertainty associated with modern supply chain operations, writes Peter Tirschwell.
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Ocean rate surge reflects uncertainty around cost of Suez diversions: MSC

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
An executive for the carrier said he expects liners and shippers will eventually adjust to the lengthier transits around southern Africa but acknowledged it will take time before rate volatility subsides.
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As industrial freight lags, more LTL carriers look to ports to boost business

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Trucking companies such as Averitt are seeking more diversified freight and deeper connections to customers through transloading. 
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UPS to explore ‘alternatives’ for Coyote Logistics, announces layoffs

JOC Staff |
UPS CEO Carol Tomé, who was on UPS’s board of directors at the time of the 2015 Coyote acquisition, acknowledged UPS did not fully appreciate how cyclical truckload and intermodal brokerage was at the time.
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Pre-Lunar New Year rush, Red Sea disruption boost Asia-Europe air rates, demand

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
A seasonal push to get shipments out of Asia before factories close for the Lunar New Year may be masking a switch to air from disrupted ocean networks.
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NY-NJ port chief sees delays, but no congestion, from Suez diversions

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
While off-schedule ships are periodically crowding marine terminals, the port is not seeing any major impact from the longer transits as vessels reroute around southern Africa, Bethann Rooney said.
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Hapag-Lloyd reports Q4 loss on falling rates, Red Sea disruption

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The oversupplied container shipping industry, falling rate levels and the need to divert around southern Africa for much of December contributed to a sharp drop in the carrier’s revenue and profitability.
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CMA CGM inks deal to lock in green fuel supply at Middle East bunker locations

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The carrier is the latest to partner with an alternative fuel supplier as the fast-growing dual-fuel order book puts producers of green energy under pressure to rapidly scale up supply.
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AI is impacting logistics at a faster pace, but in the background

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
Artificial intelligence is quickly being integrated into everyday logistics and shipping processes such as truck check-ins, rate quotes and freight payment.
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Share of China imports to US dipped below 40% last year amid sourcing shift

Mark Szakonyi |
China commanded 47% of the inbound container volumes to the US as recently as 2018, but rising geopolitical tensions between Beijing and Washington and a post-COVID shift in manufacturing momentum to Southeast Asia have cut into China’s dominance.
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Rising costs, lack of infrastructure stymieing US wind buildout

Janet Nodar, Senior Editor, Breakbulk and Heavy Lift |
Hurdles slowing the US wind buildout are very real, and the Biden administration’s goal of 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030 appears increasingly unrealistic.
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ONE secures approval for design of ammonia-fueled container ship

Peter Tirschwell |
Ammonia is in its very early stages as a potential marine fuel, with regulations pertaining to complex safety and operational issues still being developed at the IMO.
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Forward, Omni Logistics seal long-awaited deal to merge businesses

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
With an amended merger agreement, months of contentious litigation are behind the companies, clearing the way for their combined forwarding and LTL operations. 
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Knight-Swift adding 25 LTL terminals, plans to buy more

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor |
The largest US truckload operator is “filling the gaps” in its less-than-truckload network with newly acquired terminals it plans to bring online this year, and is shopping in more locations. 
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Unwinding post-Red Sea crisis supply chains will come with challenges: analyst

Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, Vespucci Maritime, and Journal of Commerce analyst |
While a resumption of Suez Canal transits would be welcomed, ports and inland infrastructure in Europe, the Mediterranean and along the US East Coast could be overloaded with cargo when carriers revert to traditional routings, warns Lars Jensen.
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Red Sea diversions drag carrier schedule reliability to 2022 levels

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Longer transit times caused ships to miss their arrival slots last month in ports across North Europe and the Mediterranean, and carriers have warned shippers to prepare for further disruption to their supply chains.
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Shippers urged to tether rate management with freight invoice processes to cut errors

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Most shippers use spreadsheets to manage rates from forwarders and container lines, which contributes to an inefficient process for freight payments and audits.
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Former Slync CEO Kirchner convicted by federal jury over misuse of company funds

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
A guilty verdict against Slync founder Chris Kirchner brings closure on a saga that came to light when Slync employees went unpaid for weeks in spring 2022.
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Domestic carriers wade through murky market to start 2024

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor |
North American railroads and truckload companies are hopeful rates and demand will rise this year but say there’s too much uncertainty in the market to offer a confident forecast.
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Asia-US carriers push for spot rate hikes in overheated pre-Lunar New Year market

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Liners are attempting to capitalize on tight vessel space at Asian load ports as well as the uncertainty over how long they will be forced to divert all-water services to the US East Coast around the southern tip of Africa.
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Red Sea disruption ends container capacity relief for ro/ro carriers: Grimaldi

Peter Shaw-Smith, Middle East contributor |
While container spot rates aren’t favorable for vehicle shipments now, Emanuele Grimaldi said the size of the container ship orderbook could easily pull rates down as networks adjust to Red Sea disruptions.
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MSC pulls Indian strings to USEC, Mediterranean amid Red Sea sailing chaos

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
The service cuts could be seen as a step backward for the carrier after it significantly consolidated its ocean reach out of India in recent years to tap a promising trade outlook as the emerging economy expands.
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Weak US manufacturing outlook darkens skies for trucking freight market

Jason Miller, associate professor of logistics at Michigan State University, and Journal of Commerce analyst |
Excluding the period immediately following COVID-19 lockdowns, manufacturing activity in the US is at levels that haven’t been seen since 2011 when manufacturers were still recovering from the 20% drop in output caused by the global financial crisis.

Zim launches its own Asia-Western Canada express service

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The carrier is boosting its trans-Pacific portfolio with an additional express service to Vancouver that is separate from its slot-sharing arrangement with MSC.
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Logistics tech providers tackle silos separating orders from freight

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Connecting purchase order management with logistics management has been a challenge since before the pandemic, something BuyCo and Gravity hope to alleviate with a combined offering.
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2M adjusts Asia-US East Coast ship schedules to account for Cape reroutings

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Maersk said four US East Coast services jointly operated with MSC will continue to forgo Suez Canal transits as the security risk in the Red Sea “remains at a significant level.”
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THE Alliance says it’s business as usual in 2024 despite pending loss of Hapag-Lloyd

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The four ocean carriers in the vessel-sharing agreement have pledged to continue their “robust cooperation” until Hapag-Lloyd's departure in February 2025.
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Ocean carriers slash port calls as Red Sea disruptions grow

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The Mediterranean and Middle East are the two regions most affected by the need for carriers to divert around southern Africa to avoid militant attacks in and around the Red Sea.
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Week-long German rail strike to spill across Northern Europe

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
An ongoing pay dispute between a German rail workers’ union will see train drivers, signalers and dispatchers embarking on a strike that will have regional ramifications.
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