Global & Regional News

  • Puerto Rico After Maria: No Power, No Cell Signal, and Lots of Damage

    Sep 22, 2017 — Puerto Rico is emerging crippled after the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. territory in almost a century hobbled its telecommunications system, destroyed its power grid and left communities facing widespread devastation.
  • Ban on cargo flying direct between UK and Bangladesh could be lifted

    Sep 20, 2017 — The ban on direct cargo flights between Bangladesh’s Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal Airport and the UK could be lifted, according to local media, in what would be a boost to garment exporters. The airport has been under much security scrutiny, and had employed a UK company to advise on improvements. Currently, cargo must be screened in a third country before arriving in the UK. Similar bans are in place for cargo going to Australia and Germany.
  • The box carriers: Consolidate or compete?

    Sep 20, 2017 — While there were 20 global container lines in 2011 operating in a fragmented industry, the recent Cosco’s takeover of OOCL created a new reality in today’s container shipping, where the top four carriers control 53.8% of the world’s container cargo, according to shipping market analyst Xeneta.
  • Coast Guard Closes Ports in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands Ahead of Cat 5 Hurricane Maria

    Sep 20, 2017 — The United States Coast Guard has closed all ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Maria. Effective 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard set port condition ZULU for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of the possibility of sustained gale force winds greater than 39 mph that may arrive within 24 hours. While port condition ZULU is in place, no vessels may enter or transit within these ports without permission of the COTP. Under the condition, all vessel movements are prohibited, and all ship-to-shore operations must cease until further notice.
  • Port Klang gets more tranquil, but it’s eerie

    Sep 19, 2017 — Until a few months ago, Port Klang was a hive of activities, with containers usually stacked six stories high. These days, it’s a lot quieter. Major shipping firms have moved their hubs to Singapore, according to recent reports. “A few years ago, we could still compete with Singapore,” said an industry player who owns a logistics company. “We managed to draw big carriers to Port Klang. I don’t think we can catch up with Singapore now.”
  • Strengthening Hurricane Maria to Pass Right Over Puerto Rico, Forecasters Say

    Sep 19, 2017 — A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Maria barreled towards the eastern Caribbean islands with 125 mile-per-hour (200 kph) winds on Monday, threatening the region with its second major storm this month. Officials from French-controlled Martinique to the U.S. Virgin Islands warned residents to prepare for the storm, now ranked by U.S. forecasters as a major hurricane, at Category 3 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.
  • US Senate passes budget-busting $700 billion defense policy bill

    Sep 19, 2017 — The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to pass a $700 defense policy bill for 2018 that would exceed President Donald Trump’s budget request and break statutory caps on defense spending. The bill surpasses the president’s $603 billion defense budget request, the $549 billion cap set by the Budget Control Act and the $696.5 billion House version, with which the Senate version must be reconciled before the NDAA’s final passage by Congress.
  • Standard Club advises on cargo handling amid Irma

    Sep 15, 2017 — The disruption to cargo vessels recently caused by Hurricane Irma has raised a number of legal issues. In response, the Standard P&I Club published an alert, providing guidance on some of the issues commonly encountered.
  • Maersk Joins BoxTech Container Database

    Sep 15, 2017 — Maersk Line has uploaded the technical details of its entire container fleet to BoxTech, the database provided by the Bureau International des Containers (BIC). Following the upload, the BoxTech database now holds details of more than 7.5 million shipping containers, approximately 30 percent of the global container fleet.
  • Hamad Port seen transforming Qatar into regional trading centre

    Sep 14, 2017 — With rapid growth expected “in the coming years,” Qatar Chamber director general Saleh Hamad al-Sharqi said Hamad Port will transform Doha into a regional trade centre, which would promote inter-trade in the Middle East region and enhance the region’s trade with the world.
  • New Suez Canal income slowly sinking

    Sep 14, 2017 — When Lt. Gen. Mohab Mamish, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, announced the canal was complete, he said annual revenue would reach $13.4 billion, from about $5 billion at that time. Revenue has barely budged since then, and in fact has declined somewhat. Mamish was counting, however, on growth of global trade, which has suffered the past two years, according to Rashad Abdo, an economic expert and head of the Egyptian Forum for Political and Economic Studies.
  • Rule of law needs to be respected in the South China Sea: experts

    Sep 14, 2017 — Given the recent escalation of tensions in the littoral Asia-Pacific, especially in the South China Sea, most countries seek to establish ‘good order’ in the regional seas via multi-lateral action such as the formalisation of ‘code of conducts.’ However, according to Abhijit Singh, Head of Maritime Policy Initiative, India’s Observer Research Foundation, the definition of ‘good order’ has been subject to different interpretations by different countries.
  • Growing partnership positions Emirates as Dubai handler for Cargolux

    Sep 14, 2017 — Luxembourg-based carrier Cargolux expanded its growing partnership with Emirates SkyCargo in a move that has Emirates’ cargo operation handling all Cargolux flights in and out of Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) as of this month, Cargolux announced.
  • Iran ready for free trade with regional countries

    Sep 12, 2017 — Iran is ready to establish preferential tariffs and free trade with some regional countries, particularly Afghanistan, Pakistan and Oman, said the head of Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPO).
  • US Seaports Prepare to Reopen After Irma

    Sep 12, 2017 — Several Southeast seaports that shut down ahead of Hurricane Irma say they will be able to reopen in the next 48 hours, allowing badly needed shipments of fuel, food and other goods to make their way into the region. A half-dozen major ports, including facilities in Tampa, Miami and Savannah, suspended operations over the weekend. Combined, they handle one in six containers entering or leaving North America, as well as tankers loaded with gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
  • First Ultra-Large Containership Call Kicks Off ‘Big Ship Era’ for Port of New York and New Jersey

    Sep 11, 2017 — The 14,400 TEU capacity CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt became the largest container ship to ever call at the port of New York and New Jersey on Thursday after sailing underneath the raised Bayonne Bridge. The ultra-large containership arrived at the APM Terminals Elizabeth container terminal after setting the record as the first ‘big ship’ to pass under the raised Bayonne Bridge, which now gives air draft clearance to vessels of up to 18,000 TEU capacity.
  • Irma, Now a Tropical Storm, Leaves Millions Without Power in Florida

    Sep 11, 2017 — Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday morning, after a terrifying weekend where the devastating superstorm battered much of Florida with triple-digit winds and plunged millions of its residents into darkness. Florida's largest utility reported that the storm had knocked out power to nearly three-quarters of its customers. More than 6.2 million residents across the state were waking up Monday to no electricity.
  • Port Klang business hit as key firms shift operations to Singapore

    Sep 11, 2017 — Business at Malaysia's main shipping hub in Port Klang has taken a hit this year as major shipping companies shift their operations to Singapore under new alliance agreements, industry officials say. This has raised questions over the aggressive plans by Kuala Lumpur to build new harbours and rail links along the Strait of Malacca, one of the world's busiest maritime trade routes.
  • Trucks, Planes and Tankers Putting Houston Back in Business After Hurricane Harvey

    Sep 6, 2017 — Houston’s roads, skies and waterways saw increased traffic Sept. 5 as some of the city’s biggest industries continued a slow march toward business as usual. United and Southwest airlines operated more robust schedules, oil tankers headed toward the shoreline and ship movements returned to nearly normal levels at the Port of Houston. “Things are getting back to normal,” said Capt. Mike Cunningham, director of program management at the Greater Houston Port Bureau. “There are more and more vessel transits every day.”
  • Combined Maritime Forces set security transit corridor

    Sep 6, 2017 — Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb have highlighted the risks associated with transiting these waters. In response, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) are establishing a Maritime Security Transit Corridor (MSTC).
  • Puerto Rico airfreight braces for Hurricane Irma landfall

    Sep 6, 2017 — As the cleanup continues in the Houston area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, another part of the United States is bracing for the next blow in the form of Hurricane Irma, which has recently crossed into the Caribbean Sea.
  • Congestion to cause delays at the Port of Dakar

    Sep 6, 2017 — AGS Senegal wishes to inform its colleagues and partners that congestion at the port of Dakar is to be expected, following the installation of two new gantry cranes at the port. The schedule of shipping lines will be affected for at least three weeks.
  • Prince Rupert container terminal re-operates after ‘incident’

    Sep 5, 2017 — Canada’s second-largest container terminal is now re-opened, after it has been temporarily closed since Sunday, 3 September, due to an unidentified “incident”, according to Port of Prince Rupert authorities.
  • Shipping may need to adjust their route as Hurricane Irma passes

    Sep 5, 2017 — Hurricane Irma is expected to hit the US Virgin Islands Tuesday and mainland Thursday. The storm is currently a Category 5 hurricane and is expected to remain a Category 4 or 5 during the next days. Cruises and shipping interests are encouraged to reroute.
  • Ethiopia's airline and airports merge to form single aviation group

    Sep 5, 2017 — Ethiopian Airlines Group has merged with Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) to form the African country's new Aviation Holding Group. The consolidation, which follows regulation approved by Ethiopia's Council of Ministers on July 14 this year, sees the formation of a new holding group comprising EAE, Passenger Airline, Cargo Airline & Logistics Company, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, Ethiopian Inflight Catering Services, Ethiopian MRO Services and Ethiopian Hotel & Tourism Services.
  • Truckers under pressure as barge congestion in Antwerp and Rotterdam drags on

    Sep 5, 2017 — Shippers are reportedly facing a shortage of truck capacity at the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam as barge congestion continues to plague the region in the peak season. A source told The Loadstar the trucking sector was coming under “intense” pressure, with shippers refusing to send goods by barge after almost two months of severe delays. “It seems nothing much has changed, with delays of up to 72 hours still being reported, and now we are seeing similar issues on the trucking side,” said the source.
  • Mumbai supply chains still tangled after worst rain for a decade

    Aug 31, 2017 — Flood waters in Mumbai are reportedly receding, but delays plague the airport and sea terminals as another global supply chain hub succumbs to incremental weather. Reporting its heaviest rainfall in more than a decade, India’s second-largest city joins Hong Kong and Houston, both hit by severe storms in the last week.
  • White House briefs state, local officials on Trump’s infrastructure plan

    Aug 31, 2017 — President Trump’s infrastructure package will be broken up into three pieces, with the largest chunk of funding dedicated to projects that already have some private or local money secured, the administration told state and local officials on Wednesday.
  • Harvey Blocks ‘Critical’ Point of Entry for Cargo

    Aug 31, 2017 — Houston’s seaport may take weeks to fully recover from Harvey, a rare long-term disruption at a major U.S. shipping center that will exact a financial toll on thousands of retailers and manufacturers. Port Houston has warned shippers it is likely to be closed at least through Saturday. U.S. Coast Guard officials say it could be weeks before large container ships and oil tankers can safely navigate the Houston Ship Channel leading into the port.
  • Texas ports looking to reopen by next week in Harvey’s wake

    Aug 30, 2017 — In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, key Texas ports have sights on reopening by early next week [the week of Monday, Sept. 4].
  • Robbers board container ship off Manila

    Aug 30, 2017 — In its weekly piracy report, ReCAAP ISC reported one incident of armed robbery against the container ship “Warnow Master”, while anchoring in the waters off South Harbour Manila, Philippines, on August 16.
  • Conditions of entry for vessels arriving at US ports from Micronesia

    Aug 30, 2017 — USCG has announced conditions of entry which will be imposed on vessels arriving in the United States (U.S.) from the Federated States of Micronesia from 05 September 2017. These conditions of entry are intended to protect the U.S. from vessels arriving from countries that have been found to have deficient port anti-terrorism measures in place.
  • Coast Guard Updates on Conditions at Ports Impacted by Harvey

    Aug 30, 2017 — The U.S. Coast Guard along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office have provided an update on current port conditions set within the areas effected by Hurricane Harvey and the surrounding areas of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • TSA reviewing cargo screening, concerned about terror vulnerabilities

    Aug 25, 2017 — The Transportation Security Administration is reviewing its screening procedures for cargo flown into and within the United States because of concerns that potential security vulnerabilities could be exploited by terrorists, a US official told CNN. The review, which is examining screening for cargo carried by freight airlines and passenger planes, stems in part from a terror plot that was foiled in Australia last month, according to the official.
  • Autonomous shipping: don’t miss the boat

    Aug 24, 2017 — The Norwegian company Yara is currently building a full-electrical container ship fitted with an autonomous control system: the Yara Birkeland. During a recent visit to a major maritime conference, imagine my surprise when most attendees – some 200 executives from the maritime sector – discussed autonomous shipping in terms of its risks. The room seemed full of objections and doubts. What if the computer malfunctions? Somewhat understandable in view of the pressure put on the sector by strong international competition and slim margins.
  • As Hong Kong recovers, Hurricane Harvey threatens Texas logistics

    Aug 24, 2017 — A day after Hong Kong’s cargo operations were buffeted by Typhoon Hato, the southern coast of the United States is bracing for the landfall ofHurricane Harvey, with airfreight operations standing by to accommodate potential disruptions.
  • California Ports Tout Progress in Fight Against Environmental Pollution

    Aug 23, 2017 — The top three containerports in California touted recent accomplishments in the battle against pollution as stakeholders debate what will be included in an update to the Clean Air Action Plan. The Port of Los Angeles released an environmental study of emissions in 2016, finding that it surpassed its 2020 goal for reducing the public health risk from port-related activity.
  • Panama Canal handles largest vessel to date

    Aug 23, 2017 — The Panama Canal has handled the largest vessel to transit its expanded locks – a container ship with a capacity of 14,885 teu. The Neo-Panamax vessel, the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, measures 365.9 m in length and 48.2 m in beam.
  • U.S. Port Volumes Rise as Retailers Add Inventory Ahead of Holiday Season

    Aug 23, 2017 — American ports took in the equivalent of 1.72 million 20-foot containers in July, just shy of a record, according to preliminary data from the National Retail Federation. Importers and logistics firms attributed July’s blockbuster growth to rising consumer confidence, which hit its second-highest level since 2000, according to the Conference Board.
  • Port of Los Angeles and GE enhance “digitization” of supply chain

    Aug 22, 2017 — Less than a year since launching its unique “digital solution” for ocean cargo container throughput, the Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation are expanding the program to include all terminals and shipping lines.
  • Closed Rhine Rail Freight Corridor Continues to Cause Logistics Chaos

    Aug 22, 2017 — On Aug. 12, a land slip at the construction site of the new 3-mile Rastatt rail tunnel in Germany caused major damage to the adjacent railway track. Since then, roughly 12 miles of critical railway from Rastatt to Karlsruhe on one side and Rastatt to Basel on the other has been impassable to trains, a huge issue for rail freight, which averages 200 freight train per day as it is the primary north-south link between the ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp to Italy and Switzerland. As a result European rail freight users are suffering losses running at of Euros per week.
  • First globally available autonomous maritime test area opened

    Aug 21, 2017 — The One Sea – Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem announced the opening of the Jaakonmeri autonomous maritime test area, the first to be globally open to anyone wishing to test autonomous maritime traffic, vessels, or technologies related to it. The test area is managed and controlled by DIMECC Ltd. and it was awarded by a Finnish Government Bureau, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Southwest Finland.
  • Chicago O’Hare adds cargo capacity as volumes surge

    Aug 21, 2017 — The 240,000-square-foot second phase of Chicago O’Hare’s US$220 million cargo development project came online last week, as a 15 percent year-over-year increase in year-to-date cargo volumes puts the Midwest airport on track to handle 1.8 million tonnes in 2017.
  • New Container Freight Service Shipping between Qatar and Kuwait to Beat Cargo Blockad

    Aug 21, 2017 — Though Qatar is being effectively blockaded by its neighbours, who have forbidden Qatar-based freight operations from using their airspace and suspending ocean shipping with all container services withdrawn and road haulage cargo movements suspended, there are those in the Arab world demonstrating the old adage of 'a crisis also represents an opportunity'.
  • TOTE Launching Jones Act Shipping Service to Hawaii

    Aug 18, 2017 — TOTE Maritime has emerged as the mystery shipping company who has signed a Letter of Intent for the construction of up to four containerships at Philly Shipyard for a new Jones Act shipping service between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. TOTE announced its plan to establish the new Hawaii service on Thursday, providing details on both the new containerships as well as its effort to secure terminal space in Honolulu.
  • ECOWAS assesses Nigerian port facilities on security code

    Aug 17, 2017 — THE Economic Communities of West African States (ECOWAS) recently carried out an assessment of port facilities in Nigeria with a view to ascertaining the country’s level of compliance to the International Ship and Port Security, ISPS Code.
  • Canadian truckers await their own ELD mandate

    Aug 17, 2017 — If published as expected, the deadline for compliance with Canada’s ELD mandate would be December of 2019, with those using automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) allowed until 2021 to comply.
  • Global container port volumes up 6.7% in first half 2017

    Aug 16, 2017 — Underscoring an upturn in container shipping global boxport volumes grew 6.7% in the first half of 2017, and forecast at 6% for the year as a whole.
  • ‘Potential for chaos’: Welsh port fears post-Brexit customs delays

    Aug 16, 2017 — The Welsh port of Holyhead faces “chaos” if a hard border is introduced between the UK and Ireland, with the shipping industry and local politicians warning of lorries carrying perishable goods queueing for miles while they wait for customs clearance.
  • Indian Port Workers Eye Strike on August 18

    Aug 16, 2017 — Indian dockworkers are set to walk off their jobs at 11 major ports including Kandla and Nhava Sheva after August 18.
  • Aurizon to pull out of intermodal freight business

    Aug 15, 2017 — Australian rail freight operator Aurizon has announced that it will withdraw from both the intra and interstate Intermodal rail businesses through a combination of closures and sales in the coming months.
  • Large Containership Runs Aground on Scheldt River Near Antwerp – UPDATE

    Aug 15, 2017 — Shipping traffic to and from the port of Antwerp was suspended Monday after a large containership failed to make a turn and ran aground on the Scheldt river. The 366-meter CSCL Jupiter ran aground at about 9:50 local near Bath, Netherlands shortly after departing from the port of Antwerp headed for Hamburg, Germany. The Antwerp Port Authority said the grounding resulted in the suspension of all shipping traffic to and from the port.
  • Hong Kong Secures Shipping Hub Status with Nod to Vessel-Sharing Agreements

    Aug 11, 2017 — The Hong Kong Competition Commission has issued a five-year block exemption order for liner shipping vessel-sharing agreements (VSAs). However, it declined to issue a similar exemption for vessel-discussion agreements (VDAs). The order, announced on Tuesday, follows two years of legal uncertainty for shipping lines after the city’s Competition Ordinance came into effect in 2015.
  • Ports are about to get even bigger — and higher tech

    Aug 11, 2017 — Stakeholders in today’s ports are looking to revamp construction, renovation and operations. New technology and additional capacity improves efficiency, mixed-use development diversifies revenue streams and energy efficiency improvements help to justify the often-lengthy and complex timelines of a port construction job.
  • ELD makers frustrated with Congress, urge truckers not to wait until December deadline

    Aug 8, 2017 — Makers of electronic logs are frustrated with the uncertainty surrounding the mandate created by recent congressional actions, and are cautioning truckers against waiting until last moment to select a device. They said costs for electronic logging devices (ELDs) have fallen sharply in recent years, and warned of a supply crunch for electronic components later this year.
  • Critical situation in Kinshasa, DRC

    Aug 8, 2017 — A series of anti-government attacks took place on Monday, 07 August in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Various districts including the airport district, areas around the central prison and on the road towards Matadi were affected.
  • Workers at Jakarta port ends strike early, citing national interests

    Aug 7, 2017 — Workers at one of the operators of Indonesia's busiest ports ended their strike on Monday, sooner than planned, out of consideration for the "national interests", the chairman of the labour union said. More than 600 workers of PT Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) have been on strike since Thursday to demand bonus payments, disrupting operations at the biggest terminal of Jakarta's Tanjung Priok port.
  • Uber Freight Expands Reach of Truck Load-Matching App

    Aug 4, 2017 — Uber Freight, a load-matching app and third-party logistics provider launched in May by the company known for its ride-sharing app, is expanding the geography served beyond its initial focus on Texas and adding personalized load matching to its instant load booking/fast payment system. The company announced it is expanding to major metros across California, Arizona, the Chicago-Midwest region, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
  • Global airfreight demand sees largest increase since 2010

    Aug 3, 2017 — Air cargo is booming. With reports in from research firms WorldACD and Drewry, and now IATA, the first half of 2017 saw its strongest freight demand increase since 2010. Yesterday’s IATA report for June indicated an overall improvement in global trade for the month, with year-over-year demand growth of 11 percent. New global export orders are near a six-year high, IATA said, with support from a stronger global economy.
  • Port considers barge concept to move cargo

    Aug 3, 2017 — Barges might move cargo boxes among Port of Charleston terminals in the coming years. The S.C. State Ports Authority is considering the idea as part of an effort to remove more trucks from the Lowcountry’s congested highways.
  • Dockworkers vote could ward off freight flow clog at U.S. West Coast ports

    Aug 2, 2017 — Preliminary reports indicate U.S. West Coast union longshore workers will extend their collective bargaining agreement to 2022, the early vote welcomed by stakeholders given the contentious negotiations of 2014, which jammed up port operations numerous times during that year’s negotiations.
  • Electric Freight Truck Goes into Production for European and American Markets

    Aug 1, 2017 — Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), a brand of Daimler Trucks Asia, has celebrated the start of production of its first all electric light-duty truck, the Fuso eCanter, in Europe. The event was held at the production plant in Tramagal, Portugal, where all eCanter for the European and US markets will be produced in line with the conventional Fuso Canter freight truck.
  • US ports cheered by news that workers have agreed contract extension to 2022

    Jul 31, 2017 — US west coast ports received a welcome boost on Friday with early projections indicating that port workers had approved an extension to their collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) said reporting from local unions suggested the CBA extension with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) would pass by 67%.
  • Rise in global pro-trade measures disrupts Trump’s protectionist narrative

    Jul 27, 2017 — Since last October, the World Trade Organization (WTO) registered the lowest monthly average implementation of new trade restrictions since the financial crisis of 2008, providing a surprising counternarrative to President Trump’s agenda. It turns out the European Union is actually quite disposed to free trade, outlining the framework for an economic mega-bloc with Japan earlier this month, and having established free-trade deals with 38 countries so far.
  • Panama Canal’s locks out of service due to repairs

    Jul 27, 2017 — The Panama Canal Authority announced that, the EAST lane of Miraflores Locks will be out of service for ten days, due to scheduled dry chamber repair work. Beginning at 2200 hours on Monday, 31 July, until 2359 hours on Thursday, 10 August, the Locks will be out of service for scheduled dry chamber repair work on Miter Gates 104, 105, 120, and 121. During this period, Miter Gates 122 and 123 will also be installed in position 120-121.
  • Coleman World Group's Jeff Coleman takes on new advocacy role for Army

    Jul 27, 2017 — Jeff Coleman, president and CEO of Coleman World Group, has been appointed as civilian aide to the secretary of the Army. Civilian aides to the secretary of the army are business and community leaders appointed to advise and support Army leaders throughout the U.S. CASAs include educators, business leaders, attorneys and others. CASAs advise Army officials concerning public sentiment regarding the Army in their areas and promote the Army at local events and public speaking engagements.
  • Far East traffic boosts Schiphol cargo volumes

    Jul 26, 2017 — Amsterdam Airport Schiphol saw cargo demand improve by 8.7% year on year during the first six months of 2017, with volumes boosted by Far East tarffic. In total, Europe's number three cargo airport saw demand over the first six months reach 866,713 tonnes, up from 797,069 tonnes during the same period in 2016.
  • Sri Lanka’s cabinet ‘clears port deal’ with China firm after concerns addressed

    Jul 26, 2017 — Sri Lanka’s cabinet cleared a revised agreement for its Chinese-built southern port of Hambantota, the government said, after terms of the first pact sparked widespread public anger in the island nation. The port, close to the world’s busiest shipping lanes, has been mired in controversy ever since state-run China Merchants Port Holdings, which built it for $1.5 billion, signed an agreement taking an 80 percent stake.
  • Port Houston Cranes “On the Way”

    Jul 25, 2017 — Three new Super Post-Panamax cranes bound for Port Houston’s Barbours Cut Container Terminal departed Shanghai, China Sunday. These cranes are part of a $700 million modernization program under way at Barbours Cut to increase cargo-handling efficiency and capacity. In addition to new cranes, other improvements are expected to increase terminal capacity from 1.2 million to 2 million TEUS, adding to the 14 ship-to-shore wharf cranes and 44 rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) currently operating there.
  • More attacks on truck drivers revive supply chain fears by UK shippers

    Jul 25, 2017 — Increasing violence against truck drivers in mainland Europe means major UK shippers are fearing for their cross-Channel supply chains. On Friday, a driver heading to the UK was attacked about a mile from Calais after leaving the cabin to check his vehicle having seen a group of people attempting to enter it. An alert issued by Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) said the driver was struck over the head with a brick before the group hijacked his lorry.
  • Norway Takes Lead in Race to Build Autonomous Cargo Ships

    Jul 24, 2017 — Two Norwegian companies are taking the lead in the race to build the world’s first crewless, autonomously operated ship, an advance that could mark a turning point in seaborne trade. The Yara Birkeland, now under development, is scheduled in late 2018 to start sailing fertilizer 37 miles down a fiord from a production facility to the port of Larvik. Using GPS, radar, cameras and sensors, the electric ship is designed to navigate itself around other boat traffic and to dock on its own.
  • Singapore’s role in China’s Belt and Road initiative

    Jul 17, 2017 — International law firm Ince&Co presented Singapore’s role in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, mainly referring to its geopolitical location. Since the 14th century, Chinese traders have spoken of sailing through the Dragon’s Teeth Gate, a rocky outcrop at the gateway to the port at Singapore. While the Dragon’s Teeth Gate was destroyed in 1848, some still speak of Singapore today as the gate to ‘China’s Windpipe’.
  • European airports call for urgent action to stop Brexit harming aviation

    Jul 17, 2017 — Jon Conway, director general of the Switzerland-based European industry body, wants the end result of negotiations in Brussels between the UK and the European Commission to “ensure connectivity in the wake of Brexit” and to avoid a "cliff edge scenario". The airport services industry is calling on the UK and the EU to minimise the impact of Brexit on passengers, movement of air cargo, businesses and employees.
  • New Istanbul Airport inks €250-million cargo service deals

    Jul 17, 2017 — With Turkish Cargo posting a 30 percent, year-over-year, jump in 2016, to 3.6 billion freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), the scale of Istanbul’s new six-runway airport is suddenly looking more pragmatic. On the logistics side, the country’s new airport is nearing completion, setting the stage for a new global cargo hub that could present real competition to freight hubs to the south, such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
  • Move for Hunger Featured on Upworthy

    Jul 13, 2017 — Move for Hunger reports: "Earlier this year, we helped college kids #MoveOutForHunger! Upworthy captured the campaign perfectly! Thank you to Doorsteps, Atlas Van Lines, and Food Recovery Network for helping us feed over 4,000 people! #MoveOut17"
  • U.S. Trucking Industry Debates Whether To Alter Driver Pay Model

    Jul 13, 2017 — As technology allows shipping companies to digitally peer into the cab of a big rig, some in the industry are starting to ask if it is time to change the way truckers are paid. Major carriers such as J.B. Hunt, Swift Transportation and Schneider generally pay drivers per mile. Other companies, including UPS and FedEx, have switched to hourly pay, which analysts say typically provides truckers with higher incomes and covers delays outside of their control.
  • Giant Antarctic iceberg ‘could pose hazard to international shipping lanes’, scientists warn

    Jul 13, 2017 — A giant Antarctic iceberg has broken free of the continent and could be about to drift into busy international shipping lanes, a team of British scientists has warned. The iceberg has broken away from the Pine Island Glacier (PIG), part of the Western Antarctic ice sheet.
  • FMCSA plans nationwide ELD implementation tour

    Jul 11, 2017 — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will conduct an electronic logging device (ELD) implementation tour starting later this week at the Iowa 80 Truckstop Jamboree. In December, the federal mandate requiring nearly all interstate commercial drivers to use ELDs to monitor hours of service is set to begin.
  • Brexit Bulletin: Tricky Trump Trade Deal: Not so fast.

    Jul 11, 2017 — That’s the message from trade analysts and business leaders after President Donald Trump last week pledged U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May that she could secure a trade deal with the U.S. “very, very quickly.”
  • Nigeria: Workers to Shut Down Ports Over Passage of Ports & Harbour Bill

    Jul 10, 2017 — Port workers are set to embark on nationwide protests on Tuesday over their disagreement with some sections of the Ports and Harbour Bill, which they observed could lead to massive job losses. A source close to the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Lagos that the protests would take place simultaneously in all the seaports.
  • COSCO Shipping shares climb after bid to become third-biggest container line

    Jul 10, 2017 — COSCO Shipping Holdings Co Ltd saw its stock climb on Monday after bidding $6.3 billion for a Hong Kong peer, a deal that would see it become the world's third-biggest container shipper and underline China's supply-chain ambitions.
  • Panama Canal seeks feedback on toll structure modification

    Jul 7, 2017 — The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that it held a public hearing on its tolls structure modifications proposal, concluding a 32-day formal consultation period for industry feedback. The modified tolls are expected to safeguard the Canal’s competitiveness, charge a fair price for the value of the route and provide a competitive service to the global shipping industry, according to Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge L. Quijano.
  • Port Authority of Singapore’s big innovation push

    Jul 7, 2017 — The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore recently signed five Memorandums of Understanding with local and international companies to spur research and innovation. From digitalisation to robotics, automation and smart data analytics, the port authority is gearing up for the future.
  • Japan’s big three lines set up holding and operating firms for ONE

    Jul 7, 2017 — Japan’s big three shipping groups – K Line, MOL and NYK – have officially established Ocean Network Express (ONE), making further progress on the integration of their container shipping businesses. The combined container fleet of the Japanese trio is expect for formally commence operations from 1 April 2018.
  • Analysis: Piracy in the Indian Ocean

    Jul 6, 2017 — Following the hijacking of the Aris 13 in March, the first merchant vessel to be taken by pirates operating from Somalia since May 2012, at least half a dozen further instances of attacks have been reported in its coastal waters. The question remains as to what lies behind the sudden spike in attacks on shipping passing through the Gulf of Aden and if this portends a return to large scale Somali piracy and robbery at sea in the Indian Ocean.
  • Laptop ban lifted on flights from Dubai, Istanbul

    Jul 6, 2017 — The U.S. has lifted the ban on carry-on electronic devices for flights departing from Istanbul and Dubai, Emirates and Turkish Airlines said. The cessation is effective immediately.
  • U.S. driver turnover rate climbed in 2017’s first quarter

    Jul 6, 2017 — The driver turnover rate at U.S. truckload fleets rose slightly in the first quarter of 2017, though it remains at historically low levels. In the first three months of the year, the annualized turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose three percentage points to 74 percent. ATA notes that’s 15 points lower than the same quarter last year and a near-historic low.
  • Houthi militia ‘planting mines in Bab Al-Mandab Strait’

    Jul 6, 2017 — The Houthi militia and forces loyal to Yemen’s ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh have begun a new wave of mining in the areas around the port of Hodeidah, in an attempt to cause damage to vessels passing through the Bab Al-Mandab Strait, it has been claimed.
  • Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to raise traffic mitigation fee

    Jul 6, 2017 — The West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) recently announced that on August 1, 2017, the Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will increase by 2.3 percent. The adjustment matches the combined 2.3 percent increase in longshore wage and assessment rates that take effect on July 1.
  • Laptop Ban Dropped, But Groups Mixed on Added Airport Security Measures

    Jul 6, 2017 — New security measures for foreign passengers entering the U.S.—an alternative to a proposed ban on laptops—are expected to cause slowdowns in airports abroad, and airline groups say that while the solution beats banning laptops, it might still be a bumpy road.
  • EU Expects Political Agreement on Japan Trade Accord This Week

    Jul 5, 2017 — The European Union and Japan are close to reaching political approval on a free-trade accord, which would unite two regions that make up more than a quarter of the world’s economic output. “We hope to announce on Thursday that we have a political agreement,” EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told reporters in Madrid on Monday. “The basic agreement is there.”
  • U.S. Labor Department Moves to Revise Overtime Rule

    Jul 5, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Labor has signaled that it may move to scale back the Obama-era rule expanding overtime eligibility that has been on hold for months. On June 27, the department sent a formal request for information on the rule to the Office of Management and Budget. Once OMB reviews the request and it’s published, the public will have a chance to submit comments on the rule, which would more than double the salary at which employees must be paid overtime—from $23,660 to about $47,500.
  • East Coast Port Expansion Will Alter U.S. Trucking Routes

    Jun 30, 2017 — East Coast ports undergoing new infrastructure investments will soon accommodate some of the world's largest cargo ships moving through the Panama Canal. While the expansion is already affecting global trade, it is expected to alter U.S. trucking routes. For shippers moving Asian products to the East Coast, the ability to use larger vessels that can directly access ports like Savannah, Ga., and New Jersey will eliminate the need for long-haul shipping.
  • Nigeria records reduced pirates’ attacks in 2017

    Jun 30, 2017 — Pirate attacks in the coast of Nigeria, reduced significantly in the first half of 2017 following some measures adopted by the Federal Government, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali has said.
  • Another Container Shipping Freight Collaboration Seeks Approval

    Jun 30, 2017 — After news came last week of South Africa's decision to reject the proposed collaboration of Japan's three largest container shipping lines, the European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the creation of the joint venture between Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, Mitsui OSK Lines, and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha in which the three freight carriers will cooperate.
  • Spanish Dockerworkers Reach Accord with Business Association – Union

    Jun 30, 2017 — Spanish dock workers unions have reached an accord with business associations on labour conditions and called off planned strikes after the government passed a sector reform, the unions and business association said on Thursday.
  • New Intermodal Container Freight Service Between China and Germany Launched

    Jun 29, 2017 — Ceva Logistics has launched a new intermodal rail freight service connecting Shilong in China's Guangdong province and Hamburg, Germany. In conjunction with the Chinese state railway company, the new regular block trains will route Shilong, Manzhouli (China), Zabakalsky (Russia), Brest (Belarus), Malaszewicze (Poland) and Hamburg with a station-to-station lead time of 17-19 days.
  • The world’s 10 biggest economies in 2017

    Jun 29, 2017 — The economy of the United States is the largest in the world. At $18 trillion, it represents a quarter share of the global economy (24.3%), according to the latest World Bank figures. China follows, with $11 trillion, or 14.8% of the world economy. Japan is in third place with an economy of $4.4 trillion, which represents almost 6% of the world economy.
  • Brexit foreign worker restrictions could scuttle U.K. logistics industry, FTA warns

    Jun 28, 2017 — If Brexit sends foreign workers packing, the U.K.’s freight and logistics sector could grind to a halt, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) warned today. The association is calling for clarification on the Government’s policy paper, released on Monday of this week, regarding the rights of foreign workers in the U.K. after Brexit.
  • Maersk Shuts Down Some Systems to Help Contain Cyber Attack

    Jun 28, 2017 — A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S has shut down systems across its operations to contain a cyber attack against its computer network as it assesses the full impact. Vessels at its Maersk Line unit, the world’s largest container carrier, are maneuverable, able to communicate and its crews are safe, but the Copenhagen-based company isn’t able to accept bookings from clients.
  • Panama deal likely to “finally scupper” Nicaragua canal: Chinese state media

    Jun 28, 2017 — China’s $1bn project to build a new deepwater port by the Panama Canal, which began days before Panama finally cut ties with Taiwan, is likely to “finally scupper” the controversial and long-stalled Nicaragua canal, an article in a Chinese state newspaper has claimed.
  • How India Got Wrapped Up In China's Belt And Road Initiative, Despite Opposing It

    Jun 28, 2017 — China now has India surrounded, wrapped up by land and sea via its Belt and Road initiative (BRI). In mid-May, Nepal agreed to a memorandum of understanding to participate in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy power play, and officially signed on to become a key node along the Belt and Road.
  • Port of Esbjerg explores expanding possibilities

    Jun 26, 2017 — The Danish port of Esbjerg announced that it has initiated a process to clarify expansion possibilities, in order to increase activity towards 2030, both within existing and new business areas. Within the next few years, the expectation is that the port’s areas and quay will be fully utilized.
  • Touted Sea Change in Indonesia Shipping Network May Hit Choppy Waters

    Jun 26, 2017 — With its towering new cranes and wharves that can handle some of the world’s biggest ships, Indonesia’s main international port has been shaking off its reputation for inefficiency and congestion with a $2.5 billion upgrade. But the revamp is just the first step in an ambitious drive to overhaul shipping in the country, with experts warning that a scheme to dot the sprawling archipelago with a string of new harbours over the next few years could be heading for choppy waters as it still needs billions of dollars in financing.
  • Forwarders Call for Fast-track for U.S. Customs Chief

    May 16, 2017 — The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.
  • Dubai’s DP World Confirms 10 Injured when Ship Hits Cranes at Jebel Ali Port

    May 15, 2017 — Dubai ports operator DP World has confirmed that 10 people were injured in an accident involving a container vessel at the Jebel Ali port last week. The incident occurred when the vessel collided with the harbour wall at the port’s Terminal 1 on Thursday, May 4.
  • Santa Fe Group Further Invests in China with full Acquisition of Sino Santa Fe

    Mar 24, 2017 — The Santa Fe Group has acquired 100% ownership of Sino Santa Fe or Santa Fe China.
  • IMO Cautions Against Extending EU-ETS to Shipping

    Jan 9, 2017 — Including shipping in the EU?s Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping on a global basis, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim said in a letter to senior European officials.
  • IAM Submits Comments to USTRANSCOM on Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program

    Nov 10, 2015 — IAM yesterday submitted comments on the U.S. Transportation Command’s recent Federal Register Notice about the Household Goods Channeling Concept Pilot Program. IAM believes the proposed pilot is ill-conceived and poorly timed.
  • IAM attends GSA pre-solicitation meeting

    Aug 6, 2015 — IAM attended the GSA pre-solicitation meeting yesterday in Washington D.C. IAM’s Senior Vice-President, Chuck White, and Programs Director, Brian Limperopulos, discussed international trends and issues affecting the industry with both GSA officials and transportation service providers from the industry.
  • IAPH: A Smart Conference in a Smart Port City

    Jun 15, 2015 — The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) convened at its 29th World Ports Conference in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June 2015, under the theme of “City of Hamburg – Calling at the smartPORT”, was successfully concluded, attracting more than 900 delegates, accompanying persons, guest speakers and exhibitors from across the world.
  • Scott AFB Visit Summary and 2015 Peak Season Shipment Refusals

    Apr 2, 2015 — On Mar. 31, IAM President Terry Head and Senior Vice President Chuck White met with the new Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) Personal Property Director, Lt. Col. Michael Erhardt; the outgoing Personal Property Director, Capt. Aaron Stanley; and other key SDDC staffers. The key discussion item was obviously SDDC’s recent decision not to allow shipment refusals during the 2015 Peak Season.
  • International Association of Movers Names Charles L. White Senior Vice President

    Feb 2, 2015 — The International Association of Movers (IAM) is pleased to announce that Charles “Chuck” L. White has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President.
  • IAM Logistics Network (ILN) Online Directory Launch

    Dec 10, 2014 — The new and improved ILN Online Directory has launched. Now anyone can easily search for ILN member companies geographically or by name keywords, allowing IAM members, ILN members and the general public to find companies they can potentially partner with on logistics projects.