Global & Regional News

  • Blockade backlash: Qatar to ‘expedite’ launch of new routes as Doha airfreight surges

    Jun 23, 2017 — Qatar Airways will “expedite” the launch of new routes in response to the ongoing blockade by Saudi Arabia and other Arabian Gulf and North African countries, the carrier’s CEO, Akbar al Baker, told Bloomberg earlier this week.
  • APM Terminals to lay off 160 jobs at Gothenburg terminal in Sweden

    Jun 22, 2017 — Global port operator APM Terminals has unveiled a plan to cut 160 positions at its facility in Gothenburg, Sweden. The decision follows several labour disruptions that led to a drop in container volumes at the terminal by 25% last year. Discussions relating to the proposed layoffs are expected to be completed within the next few months.
  • Argentina orders port workers to end strike and enter talks

    Jun 21, 2017 — The Argentine government on Tuesday ordered striking workers who have halted exports from the shipping hub of Rosario for nearly a week to suspend their stoppage for 15 days and return to the negotiating table. However, a union spokesman said Tuesday evening that workers had not received any official notification and for now the strike would continue.
  • Webinar: ELD Do’s & Don’ts

    Jun 20, 2017 — The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate goes into effect Dec. 18 this year. Whether you operate one truck or a fleet of one thousand, your commercial vehicle must have one of these devices onboard for drivers to record their hours of service (HOS) information. Yet there are many “little things” in everyday trucking operations that can complicate your use of ELDs — even leave you exposed to violations, if you are not careful.
  • Unusually Active Hurricane Season Has Gulf of Mexico In Sights

    Jun 20, 2017 — The Atlantic hurricane season is less than three weeks old yet it’s already threatening the energy-rich Gulf of Mexico coastline with flooding rains and sparking tropical storm warnings in Venezuela.
  • Port of Charleston reopens after bomb threat

    Jun 15, 2017 — The Port of Charleston in the US is now open again following its evacuation due to a threat of a ‘dirty bomb’ onboard the Maersk Memphis container ship, USCG officials confirmed that no threat found. Also, the safety zone which had been established around the vessel for the investigation, has been lifted.
  • PortMiami handles largest container ship to call on Florida port

    Jun 15, 2017 — PortMiami yesterday welcomed the Maersk Shanghai container ship, the largest vessel to call on a Florida deep-water port, the port announced Wednesday. At 1,063 feet long and 159 feet wide, the ship has a carrying capacity of 10,081 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). The vessel started its journey in China and arrived in Miami through the Suez Canal.
  • Chinese firm starts work on $1bn Panamanian megaport

    Jun 14, 2017 — A $1bn project to build a new deepwater port and container terminal near the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal has begun. Both its developer and the firm building it are Chinese.
  • Shipping’s ‘Perfect Storm’ is Brewing

    Jun 13, 2017 — A “perfect Storm” of cyber security, regulation and cost cutting impacts global shipping, according to Allianz Safety & Shipping Review 2017.
  • Iran arrests 5 armed pirates in Kangan

    Jun 13, 2017 — Commander Heidar Abbaszadeh, Police Chief of Bushehr Province, said in the wake of several armed robberies in commercial and safari vessels in waters of Kish Island, police took action and identified hideout of the pirates in Bandar Kangan of Bushehr. “Within 48 hours, various operational units in Kangan performed coherent and coordinated missions to identify and apprehend five gang leaders in the south Iranian city,” he continued.
  • Largest container ship to call North Europe arrives at Felixstowe

    Jun 13, 2017 — The largest container ship to call in North Europe so far has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe. The 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk, operated on the 2M NEU2 Asia to Europe service, has arrived at the port with over 6,000 TEU for the UK loaded in China and Malaysia.
  • Expansion of Tanzania’s main port to boost local trade

    Jun 12, 2017 — On 10 June, the government of Tanzania signed a USD 154 million contact with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), to expand the main port in the country’s capital, Dar es Salaam, with focus in infrastructure projects to boost maritime transport and trade.
  • Shipping companies should plan for prolonged Qatar disruption

    Jun 12, 2017 — International law firm Ince & Co has advised shipping and transportation companies with cargo interests in Qatar to plan for a period of disruption and uncertainty, following the decision by a number of Qatar’s neighbours and other nations to cut diplomatic ties and close borders with the Gulf State.
  • Madagascar dockworkers protest at Parliament as global union warns Africa against partnering with ICTSI

    Jun 12, 2017 — The plight of the Malagasy 43 – dockworkers sacked in Madagascar for standing up for their rights – has reached the highest levels of the Madgascan Government today with protests at Parliament and meetings scheduled with Government to try and resolve the dispute.
  • New Ethiopian hub to officially open in late June

    Jun 12, 2017 — Ethiopian Airlines will officially open its new air cargo terminal at home hub Addis Ababa later this month. Africa’s largest carrier said that it would open the terminal, which covers a total area of 150,000 sq m, during the three-day ICAO Global Air Cargo Development Forum, which starts on June 27.
  • Intermodal stakeholders gauge impacts of the Panama Canal expansion

    Jun 9, 2017 — In the run-up to the opening of the widened Panama Canal, some observers forecast an uptick in Asian containerized traffic heading to the U.S. East and Gulf coasts due to larger ships arriving. While the overall market share of traffic calling on those ports has been growing compared to West Coast ports, the expanded Panama Canal is just one factor, trade experts and port leaders say.
  • UK transport industry calls for reconsideration of Brexit

    Jun 9, 2017 — U.K. voters woke this morning to what many are calling a vote of no confidence in British Prime Minister Theresa May and her Brexit agenda. On the campaign trail, May called this a “Brexit election,” and promised tough negotiations with Europe. Ultimately, that plan backfired and her party lost its majority.
  • What a Hard Brexit Could Mean for U.K’s Transport Industry

    Jun 9, 2017 — The possibility of a “hard Brexit” from the European Union (EU) following the June 8 general election could change market dynamics for many transport companies, and spark questions about present business models.
  • France sends 150 cops to Calais to stop hundreds of returning migrants heading for Britain

    Jun 8, 2017 — France will send 150 more police to Calais amid fears hundreds of migrants will head for Britain this summer. Up to 8,000 were moved from the town when their Jungle camp was shut last October but 500 are feared to have returned. Many migrants, including orphaned refugee children, are starting to return to Calais in an attempt to sneak on to UK lorries.
  • Forwarders say stop procrastinating on aviation as UK heads to the polls

    Jun 8, 2017 — UK freight forwarder group the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has urged the winner of today's UK general election to "stop procrastinating" over the expansion of aviation capacity. In a statement issued as the UK heads to the polls, BIFA director general Robert Keen also said the group would highlight the importance of trade given the UK's decision to leave the European Union.
  • Gulf of Guinea Interregional Network to Fight Crime at Sea

    Jun 8, 2017 — The €9.2 million, four-year programme will support participating countries in developing joint planning, coordination, communication and IT infrastructure at a national, regional and interregional level. Nineteen coastal countries stretching from Senegal to Angola have started working together in a joint effort at fighting crime at sea.
  • Port of L.A. Approves $1.17 Billion Budget to Help Terminals Better Handle Trucks, Ships

    Jun 7, 2017 — The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a $1.17 billion budget to cover infrastructure improvements and reduce the wait time truckers face when doing business at the largest port in North America. Port officials estimate that container traffic will grow 5.6% during the next fiscal year. On a calendar basis, Los Angeles handled 8.9 million industry-standard 20-foot-equivalent units, or TEUs, in 2016, a record for the Western Hemisphere. In 2017, the port is on pace to break the record again, up 10% through April.
  • Maersk says unable to ship Qatar bound cargo from UAE, seeks alternatives

    Jun 7, 2017 — Maersk can no longer transport goods in or out of Qatar after Arab countries imposed restrictions on trade with the tiny Gulf state and the company is looking at alternative shipping routes.
  • Trump's Paris pullout won't hold up transport sector's efforts to reduce emissions

    Jun 7, 2017 — Transport’s efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) will not be derailed by Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from 2015’s Paris climate agreement. This was the response from industry bodies following yesterday’s announcement that the US would be pulling out of the bilateral agreement and seeking a “better deal”.
  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative: rearranging global shipping?

    Jun 6, 2017 — Interest in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, now the preferred name for the One Belt, One Road scheme introduced by President Xi Jinping over three years ago, has intensified. An international gathering in Beijing last month sharpened the focus. This grand concept has two components, both of which are potentially of great significance for the global shipping industry.
  • Industry slow to adopt Uber-for-freight model

    Jun 6, 2017 — The Uber model for trucking still may be poised to revolutionize freight mobility, but its growth may be moving at a slower pace than anticipated. And that could be because the trucking industry as a whole is still resistant to it. However, Wallace Lau, industry principal at Frost & Sullivan, noted that market competition has grown with more and more new mobile-based freight apps spreading across the industry.
  • Papua New Guinea cargo ship prohibited from entering Australian ports

    Jun 6, 2017 — The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) announced that it has banned the Papua New Guinea-flagged cargo ship “Kiunga Chief” from entering or using Australian ports for three months, after the ship was detained for a third time in less than 18 months, due to the failure of its operators to safely and effectively manage the operations of the vessel.
  • Saudi, UAE Ports Bar Ships Flying Qatari Flag After Cutting Ties

    Jun 6, 2017 — Ports in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates’ barred ships flying Qatari flags after the two countries broke off diplomatic ties with Doha, in a move that raised fears of disruption to oil and gas shipments from the Gulf OPEC member. The Saudi Ports Authority has notified shipping agents not to accept vessels flying Qatari flags or ships owned by Qatari companies or individuals, it said on its Twitter account on Monday, adding that Qatari goods would not be allowed to be unloaded in Saudi ports.
  • FMCSA scotches plan to weigh hike in trucker minimum insurance levels

    Jun 5, 2017 — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has withdrawn a plan to propose raising the minimum levels of liability insurance that truckers must carry to $4 million from $750,000, saying it lacked sufficient information to justify further action. The FMCSA's decision leaves the required minimum coverage for bodily injury and property damage at the same levels they've been since January 1985.
  • Of Course Google’s Waymo Is Building Self-Driving Trucks

    Jun 5, 2017 — With the likes of Daimler, Volvo, and Uber working on self-driving trucks, it’s no surprise that the granddaddy of autonomous vehicles, Waymo, is getting in on the big-rig action too. Waymo (formerly the Google driverless car program, and now a standalone company under the Alphabet umbrella) is working to commercialize its technology, and has confirmed it’s exploring how its self-driving know-how can transform the trucking industry.
  • Dockers Strike Disrupts Spanish Ports and Trade Routes

    Jun 5, 2017 — Some of Spain's biggest port terminals came to a standstill on Monday as shipping companies redirected cargos to avoid a dockers' strike. After months of talks between unions, companies and the Spanish government over a reform of port hiring practices, dockers held the first of several planned strikes to protest against possible job losses.
  • Arab nations cut ties with Qatar, saying it backs terror

    Jun 5, 2017 — Saudi Arabia and three Arab countries severed ties to Qatar on Monday and moved to cut off land, sea and air routes to the energy-rich nation that is home to a major U.S. military base, accusing it of supporting regional terror groups. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates made no demands of Qatar as their decision plunged the international travel hub into chaos and ignited the biggest diplomatic crisis in the Gulf since the 1991 war against Iraq.
  • Guidelines for cyber risk management on IMO agenda next week

    Jun 2, 2017 — IMO will held its Maritime Safety Committee, 98th Session, next week from June 7 to 16, 2017 in London at IMO Headquarters to discuss latest developments with respect to maritime safety-related issues. Among many issues under review, MSC 98 will put forward the proposal for Guidelines on maritime cyber risk management.
  • Legislation Advances to Ease Process for Military Personnel to Obtain Commercial Driver Licenses

    Jun 2, 2017 — Legislation that would facilitate access for military personnel to obtain commercial driver licenses was easily advance by a House panel in May. Under the Active Duty Voluntary Acquisition of Necessary Credentials for Employment, or ADVANCE, Act, current military service members and reservists would have access to the training and testing standards for commercial driver licenses for veterans under the 2015 FAST Act highway law. The provision in the FAST Act applied only to certain veterans.
  • Panama Canal Publishes Proposal for Modifications to Tolls Structure

    Jun 2, 2017 — Yesterday, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) published a proposal for modifications to its current tolls structure, signaling the beginning of a 30-day formal consultation period for industry feedback, allowing the waterway to continue providing a competitive service to its customers.
  • Three freight companies increase use of China-Europe rail

    May 30, 2017 — Three leading freight companies have announced plans to increase their usage of rail services between China and Europe. The growth of rail freight service between China and Europe hasn’t been entirely good news, however. As the Railway Gazette has revealed, the popularity of these services is proving harmful to rival cargo services, and in particular, air freight.
  • Port Everglades Gets Go-Ahead for Dock Expansion

    May 30, 2017 — Port Everglades has received unanimous approval from Broward County’s board of commissioners for a $438 million project to add new berths and install crane rails for new Super Post-Panamax cranes. The project is the most expensive capital improvement agreement awarded in the port’s history.
  • How freight is priced and paid for is changing fast

    May 30, 2017 — The way pricing and payment for freight shipments around the world is shifting quickly to digital formats designed to ultimately provide more transparency into how cargo costs are compiled. Yet in the eyes of several firms, this trend won’t necessarily lead to a more price-focused freight market. Rather, it could lead to a greater emphasis on customer service while at the same time lowering freight costs for shippers, transportation providers, logistics companies, and freight brokers alike.
  • Indefinite customs strike in Chile

    May 25, 2017 — Nisomar, the data-driven maritime services company, is advising of an indefinite strike from Wednesday 24 May by the National Association of Customs Officers of Chile (ANFACH) which will affect all Chilean ports, airports and borders in the country. The strike will cause delays to all operations, with only special cases attended, such as those related to humanitarian support and dangerous cargo. It is anticipated that over 1,900 customs officials will be striking across the country.
  • Ghana, Dubai, Singapore and Antwerp ports share ideas on efficient port

    May 25, 2017 — Professionals in the maritime industry have deliberated on how the ports of Ghana can be made more efficient so as to enhance its competitiveness in the West African sub region at a presidential conference in Accra.
  • AAPA: Ports concerned about Trump's proposed funding cuts

    May 25, 2017 — The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) on Tuesday expressed concern about port-related funding cuts in President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal-year 2018 budget. Trump's budget would reduce funding to many programs that are "critically important to ports," including Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants and port security grants, AAPA officials said in a press release.
  • German shipping group Hapag-Lloyd aims for speedy post-merger integration

    May 25, 2017 — Hapag-Lloyd (HLAG.DE) and Arab sector peer UASC are focused on speedy integration, Hapag's chief executive said after the German company announced completion of their delayed merger to creates the world's fifth-biggest shipping company. "We now not only have a very strong market position in Latin America and the Atlantic, but also in the Middle East, where we will become one of the leading carriers," CEO Rolf Habben Jansen said on Wednesday.
  • Djibouti opens most advanced port in Africa

    May 24, 2017 — Djibouti has today opened the country’s latest mega project – the Doraleh Multipurpose Port (DMP). The new 690 hectare facility is equipped with ultra-modern facilities that can accommodate 100,000 dwt vessels. The port provides a world-class logistics platform for shipping. The new facilities will vastly improve the efficiency and ease of doing business in the Horn of Africa. The project cements Djibouti’s position as a critical junction on the “Maritime Silk Road”.
  • Escalating Dockworkers’ Conflict Now Threatens Swedish Economy

    May 24, 2017 — As a drawn-out labor conflict at the Nordic region’s largest port escalates, some of Sweden’s largest exporters are warning they may be forced to find alternative harbors abroad to safeguard shipments. Container capacity at A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S’ APM Terminals facility in Gothenburg has in the past six months dropped to 80 percent of the normal weekly level of 10,000 containers due to a conflict with the Swedish Dockworkers’ Union. It could drop to 40 percent in the coming days as APM plans a partial lockout in response to the industrial action.
  • Calais migrant gangs attack British truckers for the first time since the 'Jungle' camp was demolished

    May 24, 2017 — British truckers have called for increased protection in Calais following the first serious attacks by migrants since the demolition of the 'Jungle' refugee camp. It is just over six months since the vast shantytown was torn to the ground, and some 8,000 UK-bound asylum seekers dispersed across France. Officially, they are all now banned from the Calais area, but a series of 'extremely violent' incidents on Sunday shows they are slowly returning.
  • Brexit: companies set to sever European ties

    May 23, 2017 — Many businesses are preparing to sever supply chain ties between the UK and the EU to avoid Brexit tariffs, according to survey of 2,111 supply chain managers by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Almost one third of UK businesses that use EU suppliers are looking for British replacements, while almost half of European businesses expect to reduce their use of UK suppliers.
  • Narendra Modi emphasizes port development

    May 23, 2017 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said developing modern ports was important for India to cement its position in the global trade sector. He said Kandla port in Kutch district of Gujarat, which he described as one of the major ports in Asia, will soon be connected with Chabahar port in Iran to boost India's international trade.
  • Countries Acting Alone Pose Main Risk to Trade System, WTO Says

    May 22, 2017 — The biggest risk to the global trade order is one country taking unilateral action that disrespects the system, according to World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo.
  • 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.
  • Gosselin Mobility and DT Moving announce the merger of their international moving operations

    May 13, 2017 — In an agreement finalised this week between Gosselin CEO Marc Smet and DT Moving Managing Director, Nick Kerr, Gosselin has acquired and merged DT Moving with its Gosselin Mobility operating companies. The deal brings together DT’s UK and France businesses under the Gosselin umbrella, creating an enlarged European moving network of 51 offices in 34 countries.
  • First 20,000 TEU ‘Megaship’ Docks in UK

    May 12, 2017 — The 20,170 teu MOL Triumph became the largest ship to ever visit the UK when it docked at the port of Southampton this week. MOL Triumph is the first in a new breed of ultra large container vessels (ULCV), or so-called’megaships’, entering service this year with capacity to carry more than 20,000 twenty-foot. It was delivered to Japanese container shipping company, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ (MOL), back in March.
  • New online tool connects ports worldwide (video)

    May 12, 2017 — The Port of Rotterdam Authority has launched ‘Navigate’ at the Transport Logistic Fair, in Munich. The beta version of this online tool contains deep-sea and short-sea schedules connecting to 550 ports worldwide, as well as rail and barge connections between Rotterdam and more than 150 European inland terminals.
  • Schiphol successfully tests automatic compliance analysis

    May 10, 2017 — Initial testing of an online compliance checking system that reduces delays by pinpointing mistakes on airway bills has successfully concluded. The system was developed as part of Schiphol’s Smart Cargo Mainport Program, and speeds up cargo flows by detecting data errors in air waybills.
  • RFP to study Cross-Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel connecting NJ and Brooklyn

    May 10, 2017 — The Port Authority will soon be issuing an RFP (Request for Proposals) for a “Tier II” Environmental Impact Study to explore the impact and feasibility of the long-contemplated Cross-Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel connecting Brooklyn to New Jersey.
  • A Map Like This Persuaded Trump to Save Nafta, For Now

    May 10, 2017 — Location is everything in the real-estate biz, so it’s not entirely surprising that a map changed former developer Donald Trump’s mind. President Trump was close to withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement last month, before he saw a U.S. map highlighting areas that rely on business with partners Mexico and Canada. It just so happened many of those states supported Trump in the 2016 election, giving him a strong motivation to renegotiate rather than abandon the pact, he told the Washington Post.
  • In the Wake of the Titanic - Icebergs in the North Atlantic

    May 10, 2017 — Ice is beginning to choke major trade routes causing some carriers to rethink their operations. More than 400 icebergs have drifted into the shipping lanes forcing vessels to reduce speed and or divert hundreds of miles to avoid danger.
  • Naval mines found off Yemen’s coasts

    May 9, 2017 — The Royal Saudi Navy vessels operating with the coalition supporting legitimacy in Yemen have found a number of maritime mines off the coast of Yemen’s port of Midi, the coalition command said on Monday.
  • Travis Kalanick gives us a sneak peek at Uber Freight

    May 9, 2017 — There is currently not much information about the company’s efforts with regards to the same, but Kalanick shared an image of what appears to be the first ‘Uber Freight’ truck. These words are stenciled along the sides of the long truck, which is standing in a deserted parking lot. The photograph was shared by him in a tweet.
  • Port efficiency to attract more shipping lines, port users to Subic

    May 8, 2017 — International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) continues to make a strong case for the Subic Bay Freeport as a key international trading gateway of the Philippines after achieving productivity levels at par with that of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).
  • Air cargo demand growth reaches six year high

    May 3, 2017 — Air cargo traffic grew at its fastest rate since late 2010 in March as the industry continues to benefit from an uptick in world trade and export orders. The latest figures from airline body IATA show that in freight tonne km terms traffic increased by 14% year on year in March, which is the fastest pace of growth recorded since October 2010, a recession bounce-back year.
  • New report addresses Somali security issues

    May 3, 2017 — A new report, conducted by OEF Research in cooperation with OBP and Secure Fisheries, highlights that it is not only piracy that affects maritime security in Somali land, but other complex issues as well, such as illegal fishing, coastal violence, and human trafficking. In particular, there are eight important factors which create an insecure maritime environment in Somali waters.
  • As Arctic Ice Vanishes, New Shipping Routes Open

    May 3, 2017 — As global warming melts sea ice across the Arctic, shipping routes once thought impossible — including directly over the North Pole — may open up by midcentury. But high costs may keep the new routes from being used right away.
  • New Shipping Alliances Bringing Chaos to Asia-Europe Tradelanes

    May 1, 2017 — “Organised chaos” – that’s how one carrier describes the Asia-Europe schedules of the Ocean and THE alliances, believing there’s very little hope of vessels hitting itineraries before June. The source, an alliance member, told The Loadstar the transition of ships and containers from previous schedules to their new alliance hubs had proved more complex than expected – the result being containers stranded at terminals between Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
  • Confidence grows for air cargo in Asia

    Apr 28, 2017 — Airfreight volumes on Asia-Europe trade lanes eastbound and westbound are expected to surge in the coming months, according to the latest survey results for the APAC Forwarding Index. Around 54% of survey respondents predicted Asia Pacific air cargo volumes across all lanes will be higher in three months time than at present, with 37% expecting them to remain the same and just 9% lower.
  • U.S. rail traffic up 4.7 percent; AAR comments on Trump tax plan

    Apr 28, 2017 — U.S. railroads moved 515,131 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending April 22, a 4.7 percent increase compared with the same week a year ago, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported Wednesday.
  • Rotterdam to shape Gujarat’s port development

    Apr 28, 2017 — In a major boost to Gujarat’s future maritime development, the Port of Rotterdam has agreed to a strategic tie-up with the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) to lend its expertise in a slew of projects including planning for new ports and churning out skilled professionals in shipping and transport sectors.
  • Singapore remains world’s maritime capital for 2017

    Apr 27, 2017 — MPA Singapore announced that the country has once again clinched the top position, in Menon’s Leading Maritime Capitals of the World Report (“Menon Report”).
  • Port of Calais Reports Record High in Freight Truck Traffic

    Apr 27, 2017 — One of the busiest ports linking France and the UK has reported a large upswing in freight vehicles passing through on its cross Channel routes. A renewed upsurge in haulage traffic has been confirmed in the first three months of 2017 and allowed the Port of Calais to realise the best quarter in its history through an absolute record for the month of March and the passage of 181,005 cargo units which used the Calais port facilities. The number of heavy goods vessels crossing through the French port grew by 11.2% compared to the first trimester of 2016, with 507,850 heavy goods vessels passing through the port.
  • Shanghai port, world's busiest, grapples with traffic congestion

    Apr 24, 2017 — The world's busiest container port, Yangshan in China's business hub of Shanghai, is battling severe congestion wrought by dense fog, higher-than-usual volumes and the aftermath of a shake-up in shipping alliances, ocean carriers and port officials say. More than 100 container vessels are now waiting outside the port, where the average waiting time at berth last week went up 6.2 percent, to 18.2 hours, versus the previous week.
  • Cordero to run Port of Long Beach as executive director

    Apr 24, 2017 — The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has tapped former Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero as executive director of the Port of Long Beach.
  • U.S. Maritime Industry Stands Behind Jones Act Ruling Letter Changes

    Apr 20, 2017 — The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), representing interests of the domestic maritime industry, has submitted comments strongly in support of the recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) notice proposing to revoke previous letter rulings inconsistent with the proper enforcement of coastwise laws, including the Jones Act.
  • Are Sri Lanka’s ports the next Great Game for China, India and Japan?

    Apr 18, 2017 — Increased international interest in the Indian Ocean comes at a convenient time for Sri Lanka, as the country continues to recoup after the end of its decades-long civil war which ended in 2009. While opportunities present themselves, all this attention also comes with its own set of complications.
  • Shippers must declare EU road freight weights from 7 May

    Apr 16, 2017 — Less than a month from now, a new law is set to come into force within the European Union that will force shippers to declare the weight of their cargo to hauliers transporting goods within Europe.
  • Emirates flies America’s Cup boat to Bermuda from New Zealand [VIDEO]

    Apr 14, 2017 — Emirates SkyCargo flew 44 tonnes worth of boat and associated gear from Auckland to Bermuda for the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup sailing competition, which will begin in late May. The boat, called “New Zealand Aotearoa” is the Emirates Team New Zealand’s race boat. The shipment included all associated support equipment, including the team’s chase boat.
  • Biggest Ship to Ever Call On U.S. East Coast Arriving in May

    Apr 14, 2017 — The biggest ship ever to visit the U.S. East Coast will make its maiden call in Charleston, South Carolina next month after sailing through the expanded Panama Canal from China. The MV Cosco Development, which measures 1,200 feet long and 158 feet wide, can transport up to 13,092 TEUs. It is scheduled to call at the South Carolina Ports Authority’s (SCPA) terminal in Charleston Harbor on May 13.
  • Self-Driving Trucks, Delivery Vans at Vanguard of Autonomous Vehicle Revolution

    Apr 13, 2017 — Commercial vehicles aren’t the only mode of transportation that can be automated, but when it comes to urban spaces, they’re likely to be the early movers.
  • Hapag-Lloyd: New Oceania Service - North East Asia Australia Express (NAX) Service

    Apr 13, 2017 — Hapag-Lloyd announced the new North East Asia Australia Express with dedicated allocation serving Japan, Korea and North / Central China to Australia.
  • UPS expands its ability to carry dangerous goods

    Apr 13, 2017 — Global logistics provider UPS Inc. has expanded its global dangerous goods shipping program, increasing both the volume and the types of goods that it carries between 36 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia, the company said this week.
  • Brexit set to disrupt European businesses and drive action on expat recruitment and reward

    Apr 13, 2017 — Almost two thirds (59%) of European businesses with significant interests in the UK view Brexit as “another disruption” rather than the “fundamental challenge” to their operations that is feared by a quarter (26%).
  • Gulf of Guinea Maritime Security in 2016

    Apr 12, 2017 — 2016 witnessed a marked increase in maritime security incidents over the previous year, irrespective of the counting standards. Denmark-based Risk Intelligence counted 119 verified attacks by criminals on all kinds of vessels in West Africa (Senegal to Angola) – compared with 82 in 2015.
  • Icebergs Disrupt North Atlantic Shipping

    Apr 12, 2017 — An unusually large number of icebergs have drifted into the shipping lanes of the North Atlantic in recent weeks, forcing vessels to detour well to the south to avoid danger. Icebergs have even been spotted outside of the Coast Guard's ice navigation warning area, prompting at least one notice to mariners urging additional caution.
  • UK-China rail freight service starts in Essex

    Apr 11, 2017 — The first direct rail freight service from the UK to China departed from Essex on Monday. A train with 30 containers filled with British-produced exports began the 7,500-mile journey from the DP World London Gateway rail terminal in Stanford-le-Hope.
  • ReCAAP: Actual maritime incidents in Asia down compared to 2017

    Apr 11, 2017 — The ReCAAP has published infographic to depict the mobility of piracy and armed robbery incidents against ships in Asia during January-March 2017. In general, there was an overall drop in actual piracy and armed robbery. However, the number of attempts increased.
  • Air Canada Cargo to offer freight space in direct link to Mumbai

    Apr 11, 2017 — Air Canada has confirmed that a new year-round, direct service to and from Mumbai will be inaugurated by the carrier on July 1. The service, on which Air Canada Cargo will market the available bellyhold space of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft operating the route, will complement Air Canada’s existing year-round service to Delhi.
  • Long Beach Port bracing for impact of shipping alliance reformation

    Apr 10, 2017 — It’s been called “The Big Bang of 2017.” An unprecedented number of ocean-carrier mergers last year and the collapse of the seventh-largest container carrier – Hanjin Shipping – have resulted in something Port of Long Beach officials say has never happened in the shipping industry– the reshuffling of ocean carriers from four to three new alliances.
  • Mumbai container port to be dredged

    Apr 10, 2017 — Jan De Nul Group announced that, in joint venture with Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., has acquired a contract with port operator Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust for the deepening and widening of the access channel towards Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai, India.
  • Why So Many Americans Are Saying Goodbye to Cities

    Apr 5, 2017 — New York is a microcosm of the American city. Population growth in big cities has now shrunk for five consecutive years, according to Jed Kolko, an economist and writer. While well-educated Millennials without children have concentrated in a handful of expensive liberal cities, the rest of the country is slowly fanning out to the sunny suburbs.
  • Georgia eyes June 15 for I-85 reopening

    Apr 5, 2017 — The Georgia Department of Transportation has set an “aggressive but attainable” goal to have Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta reopened. In a press conference Tuesday morning, GDOT officials said they plan to have the section of Interstate that collapsed following a fire reopened by June 15, approximately 10 weeks from the collapse. A fire underneath an overpass last Thursday caused the overpass to collapse, closing both lanes of the major corridor.
  • Qatar Cargo launches direct freighter service to Cambodia

    Apr 5, 2017 — Qatar Airways Cargo began freighter service to Phnom Penh today, focusing mostly on Cambodia’s garments business, which accounts for about 80 percent of the country’s exports. The weekly service, operating on the Doha–Phnom Penh–Doha route, will offer more than 60 tonnes of cargo capacity each way aboard one of the carriers A330 freighters.
  • IAM President's comments on hotels in Long Beach

    Apr 5, 2017 — There have been several recent posts and emails to the Association expressing concern and complaints about the hotel reservation process for this year’s Annual Meeting and Expo in Long Beach, Calif. We always welcome input from the members—good or bad—because that is how we have grown over the years, as well as improved the value of membership and enhanced the member experience. In the case of hotels for the conference, a number of incorrect assumptions have been made and, in some cases false information spread through various social channels. So this is an effort to clear the air and advise where things currently stand.
  • U.S. Department of State adopts collaborative contracting in logistics

    Apr 4, 2017 — DOS is seeking a new approach to a single source contract that, at its core, is doing what 3PLs do best: providing customized, reliable services through multiple modes of transportation.
  • Cartus Identifies Four-Year Trends in Top Global Relocation Destinations

    Apr 2, 2017 — Every year, companies expand or more firmly establish their presence in countries around the world where labor and market conditions will favor business growth. What countries are companies sending their employees to this year and how do they compare with the top destinations of four years ago? According to Cartus Corporation, the U.S., the U.K. and Switzerland rank as the top three on a list of ten
  • Federal Judge Extends Block on U.S. Travel Ban

    Mar 30, 2017 — A federal judge in Hawaii yesterday extended an order blocking the federal government from implementing a revised travel ban. The revised order, which was due to take effect on March 16, would have banned travelers from six mostly-Muslim nations from entering the U.S. for 90 days and suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days.
  • Ports, Truck Drivers Testing Appointment Systems 2.0 for Shipping Container Pickups

    Mar 30, 2017 — Truck drivers are on the fence about new appointment systems meant to eliminate congestion outside terminal gates that are popping up in ports from Long Beach, Calif., to Newark, N.J. That’s because they remember early appointment systems intended to allow drivers to pick up and drop off shipping containers that fell short of their intended outcome. Some were designed without input from the truckers that used them. However, new appointment systems are taking different measures to be more effective, combining advances in technology and better collaboration among stakeholders.
  • Singapore Approves Japanese Shipping Merger

    Mar 30, 2017 — The Competition Commission of Singapore has cleared the proposed joint venture between Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line).
  • China’s newest all-cargo carrier takes to the skies

    Mar 29, 2017 — Early this morning, Guangzhou-based all-cargo start-up, Longhao Airlines put its first 737-300F into revenue service on a flight between Jiangsu Nantong Xindong Airport (NTG) and Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN). The carrier, which has already inked a deal to carry cargo on behalf of Shenzhen-based SF Express Airlines, has ambitious plans to put five freighters into service each year over the next decade, with a target fleet size of 50 aircraft by 2025.
  • Payment required from vessels passing via Philippines

    Mar 29, 2017 — According to a Republic of the Marshall Islands’ marine safety advisory, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has reported to its members that invoices have been received from the Provincial Government of Zambales, Philippines, seeking payment of a “Provincial Coastwatch Environmental Monitoring System User Fee” from managed vessels passing through the territorial waters of the Province of Zambales.
  • Ivory Coast rescinds port security measures, attack threat unfounded

    Mar 29, 2017 — Ivory Coast rescinded an order on Sunday to increase security at its two main ports after determining that an earlier reported threat of terrorism was unfounded, according to a document seen by Reuters. The first transport ministry memorandum had ordered security under the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code to be increased to level two due to “probable terrorist attacks” on Ivory Coast’s national territory. “After compiling the information … it emerged that the threat is not real,” the head of maritime security Colonel Bertin Koffi Tano wrote in a second order.
  • Introducing the World’s First 20,000 TEU Containership

    Mar 29, 2017 — Japanese container shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has taken delivery of the MOL Triumph, the new ‘world’s biggest containership’ and the first ‘megaship’ to pass the 20,000 TEU threshold.
  • 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.