Despite private sector-based gains, the Surface Transportation Board, the agency in charge of overseeing private US freight railroads, has taken steps to impose onerous regulations on railroad operators that would erase much of the industry’s progress over the last 40 years.
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08 Feb 2019
Maersk and others are cracking down on dangerous goods misdeclarations, but more awareness is needed to address the underlying issues behind improper cargo classification.
31 Jan 2019
Among shipowners’ concerns: will there be enough low-sulfur fuel on Jan. 1, 2020? And will the low-sulfur quality be consistent?
30 Jan 2019
The injection of vessels comes as demand growth of Asia-Europe westbound volume slows.
24 Jan 2019
This lack of clarity on future high- and low-sulfur fuel costs worries BCOs and NVOs as they enter the more critical second phase of negotiations in March.
21 Jan 2019
The 2019 regulatory schedule isn’t clear, but what is clear is that there will be many more hours of debate over truck driver hours of service.
15 Jan 2019
Even owner-operators work under ‘contracts of employment,’ the US Supreme Court said, which means claims of misclassification, ‘stolen wages,’ can’t be forced into arbitration.
11 Jan 2019
Bunker surcharges have been revised by carriers to mitigate the effect of the IMO sulfur cap of 0.5 percent starting Jan. 1, 2020.
03 Jan 2019
Peter Tirschwell provides insight into IMO 2020 impact, Maersk-Damco service changes, and expanding potential within data standardization.
18 Dec 2018
Despite the lower growth, India's logistics reform measures have increased competition across transport modes — something cargo owners and logistics providers welcome.
14 Dec 2018
The lawsuit stems from a long-running dispute and investigation into reweighing of military freight.
07 Dec 2018
The FMCSA published 10 decisions rejecting petitions for ELD exemptions Friday, a sign the agency has drawn a sharp line when it comes to pleas for relief from the year-old rule. Instead, expect more focus on the hours of service rules themselves.
07 Dec 2018
The European Commission said that several EU member states and EU shipbuilding associations have complained about carriers in Asia receiving state subsidies.
29 Nov 2018
Alphaliner offered telling data on ocean carrier third-quarter operating margins compared with a year ago, and despite higher shipping demand and revenue, the margins are a source of concern.
28 Nov 2018
To some shippers, the World Shipping Council’s (WSC) petition, filed Sept. 11 to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), looks like a recipe for uncompetitive behavior. For the industry, represented by the WSC, it is an attempt to move away from bureaucratic practices, cut costs, and become more dynamic.
16 Nov 2018
Those who want to end the legal framework exempting liner shipping consortia from European Union antitrust rules say it would increase competition and therefore shipper choice. But this is an instance where the solution may ultimately lead to an outcome that’s worse than the current condition.
16 Nov 2018
The administration Thursday announced the appointment of Daniel Maffei, whose five-year term expired in June, and Louis Sola, who has served on the Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners, and is president and founder of Evermarine, a major yacht dealer, for Federal Maritime Commission positions.
14 Nov 2018
Many project shippers have reported a lack of clarity regarding contracts extending into or beyond 2020; these clauses will help set the stage for the IMO 2020 transition.
30 Oct 2018
The failed late-October attempt by some members of the International Maritime Organization to delay some provisions of the rule taking effect Jan. 1, 2020, underscores shippers’ drive to figure out just how much more they’ll be paying for ocean shipping.
29 Oct 2018
The carriage ban makes it an offense for ships to carry fuel with sulfur content higher than 0.5 percent, unless the vessel has a scrubber.
22 Oct 2018
The likelihood of significantly increased fuel costs has carriers girding themselves for an existential moment — one where the consequence of a failure to recoup the additional costs could be severe.
19 Oct 2018
The electronic logging device rule imposed in the United States in November has already affected Canadian trucking, both cross-border and domestic services.
19 Oct 2018
The looming IMO regulation, which reduces maximum sulfur emissions from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent across most of the world's shipping lanes, “is arguably one of the industry’s most defining moments since the shift away from coal,” according to US energy giant ExxonMobil.
18 Oct 2018
Many questions remain concerning the low-sulfur rule that goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020: how best to comply, how to manage fuel supply after IMO 2020, how to estimate changes in fuel costs, and how to plan for enforcement.
12 Oct 2018
Among the major unknowns on the minds of ocean carrier executives: will the low-sulfur fuel supply be adequate? How high will fuel prices go? How will the new rule be enforced?
11 Oct 2018
Ocean carriers are “working in the blind” at present, with each company coming up with its own fee, when what they actually need is a collectively created framework that ocean carriers and shippers will accept, so says a key ocean carrier executive.
11 Oct 2018
The breakbulk/project market, buoyed by adequate global GDP growth, is finally reviving after a recession-triggered downturn magnified by the 2015 crude oil crash. But challenges loom, including shifting customer demand preferences and the low-sulfur mandate.
11 Oct 2018
“The reality is that we are being suddenly exposed to $15 billion in additional spend, so we have to reduce consumption and try to convince customers to pay more,” APL CEO Nicolas Sartini told JOC.com.
09 Oct 2018
Many shippers have created their own bunker adjustment factors (BAFs), but smaller beneficial cargo owners typically have to accept the BAFs proposed by ocean carriers. However, widespread distrust of the carrier fuel surcharge mechanism may have the effect of pushing more shippers towards coming up with their own BAF formula to have greater control of a process.
03 Oct 2018
The port authority, after discussions with rule-implementer the New Jersey Department of Labor, is disseminating detailed information to truckers on the new rules, which the authority believes will have little impact on the drayage fleet and won’t affect many truckers.
13 Aug 2018
Under the International Maritime Organization's rule, starting in 2020, ships will only be allowed to emit 0.5 percent sulfur, down from the currently acceptable level of 3.5 percent.
10 Aug 2018
Unless ocean carriers radically change the paradigm on how they go to market, the Jan. 1, 2020 sulfur cap on bunker fuel will represent another cost that carriers fail to pass on to customers. How many other industries operate this way?
26 Jul 2018
Unlike rail and ocean transportation, Russian auto transport, which accounts for almost 75 percent of all container cargo delivered in Russia, is very non-transparent, with limited statistics available, and that has led to criticism by shippers.
16 Jul 2018
It’s now an unavoidable fact that the precautions traditionally taken to avoid container ship fires — such as ensuring that stowage plans comply with dangerous goods guidelines and carriers scan bills of lading for keywords indicating the possibility of misdeclared cargoes — are failing to adequately mitigate the risk to crews, cargoes, and ships.
05 Jul 2018
A petition calling for a ‘small business’ exemption to the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate has failed, and that means the ELD era has become more entrenched.
29 Jun 2018
Energy prices have risen, lowering the margins of a key supply chain performer, and that has implications for the container shipping industry.
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