Global & Regional News

  • 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Qatar-based freight operations from using their airspace and suspending ocean shipping with all container services withdrawn and road haulage cargo movements suspended, there are those in the Arab world demonstrating the old adage of 'a crisis also represents an opportunity'.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.
  • 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.
  • 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.