Global & Regional News

  • U.S. Maritime Industry Not Prepared for Future Cyber Attacks, Survey Shows

    Nov 8, 2018 — The U.S. maritime industry as a whole is not prepared to respond to today’s cyber threats, putting it at severe risk of being targeted, according to a new maritime cyber security survey of key maritime stakeholders.
  • FMCSA Plans to Expand Off-Site Carrier Audits to All 50 States Over Next Year

    Nov 8, 2018 — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the next year plans to expand implementation of its “off-site safety audit” review process from 10 test states to all 50 states, officials said.
  • Final demurrage and detention report on track

    Nov 8, 2018 — The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission remains on schedule to deliver the final report of recommendations from its demurrage and detention investigation, known as Fact Finding 28, by Dec. 2, said Commissioner Rebecca Dye.
  • India starts inland waterway container service

    Nov 7, 2018 — India officials say the establishment of an alternative, river transport will help reduce highway congestion and improve supply chain efficiency.
  • CBP to require advance manifest for truck shipments

    Nov 7, 2018 — Submission of an advance electronic manifest will be required for de minimis shipments arriving in the U.S. via commercial truck starting Jan. 1, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday. CBP will start issuing penalties for carriers that “make no attempt” to comply with the electronic manifest requirement. First offenses will incur a fine of $5,000, and subsequent offenses will incur fines of $10,000.
  • Multi-Factor Authentication Implemented for Access to TMSS effective November 18, 2018

    Nov 5, 2018 — Effective November 18, 2018, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) will be implemented for access to the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Transportation Management Services Solution (TMSS) system. MFA provides an increased layer of security by requiring an additional method of authentication when accessing a system.
  • Crane Collapses in Heap of Metal at Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Nov 2, 2018 — A large gantry crane at South Africa’s Port Elizabeth collapsed in heap of metal during strong winds Tuesday morning. The collapsed resulted in damage but no injuries were reported, Transnet confirmed. It said an engineering team assessing extent of damage.
  • Export-Bound Shipping Container Explodes at Port of Los Angeles Terminal

    Nov 2, 2018 — U.S. officials are investigating an explosion inside an export-bound shipping container at a Port of Los Angeles container terminal on Tuesday evening. As a result of the explosion, the terminal was evacuated and officials investigated additional containers believed to be carrying the same scrap metal.
  • Panama Canal Sets New Annual Tonnage Record in 2018

    Nov 1, 2018 — The Panama Canal has set a new annual record for the total amount of tonnage that passed through the waterway over the course a fiscal year, recording a total tonnage 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) in FY 2018. This amounts to a 9.5 percent increase compared to 2017, when 403.8 million PC/UMS passed through the Canal.
  • Shipping from China to U.S. West Coast is not so cheap anymore

    Nov 1, 2018 — Peak season 2018 broke a new threshold in terms of ocean freight spot rates: It is now as expensive to transport a product from China to North America's West Coast as it was to ship to the East Coast during last year's peak season.
  • Sri Lanka: Defining challenges for the proposed East Container Terminal

    Oct 29, 2018 — The Port of Colombo has been ranked as the world’s fastest growing port among the top 30 container ports for the first half of 2018. In the wake of this positive sign it is important defining the challenges for the proposed East Container Terminal.
  • Bugs could be the biggest issue in container shipping since VGM

    Oct 29, 2018 — The International Plant Protection Convention is investigating concerns that parasites and other invasive species are being spread globally on the outside of containers, contributing to the demise of local ecodiversity.
  • Speed limits for box ships the best way to hit emissions target, IMO told

    Oct 26, 2018 — Mandatory speed limits could be shipping lines’ best hope of achieving the IMO’s 2030 emissions reduction targets. Shipping officer for lobby group Transport & Environment Faig Abbasov told The Loadstar slow-steaming could “single-handedly” achieve the target.
  • Cancelled sailings prop up Asia-Europe spot rates, but demand looking uncertain

    Oct 26, 2018 — The Asia to North Europe component of the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI) recorded a 4.7% uplift in spot rates this week to $761 per teu, underpinned by a raft of cancelled October headhaul sailings by carriers.
  • U.S. Maritime Industry Not Prepared for Future Cyber Attacks

    Oct 25, 2018 — Rapidly evolving technologies deployed throughout the U.S. maritime industry to increase efficiencies and competitiveness present significant cybersecurity risks, which the industry is unprepared to shoulder.
  • Port, rail and intermodal funding bill garners support

    Oct 25, 2018 — The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) on Wednesday voiced support for legislation designed to enhance the nation’s freight systems with investments in ports, railways and intermodal hubs.
  • Proposed Pilotage Fee Hike in Port Everglades Would Double Pilot Costs for Carriers

    Oct 23, 2018 — A proposed fee increase for harbor pilot services at Port Everglades, Florida will raise average pilotage by more than 100 percent on average for shipping lines that call frequently at the port, according to an analysis by Crowley Maritime Corporation, the port’s largest tenant.
  • Forwarders must act smarter to prevent peak cargo congestion, says Heathrow

    Oct 23, 2018 — Heathrow Airport has defended its peak season plans – but warned forwarders, hauliers and handlers to change their behaviour to ensure there are no congestion problems. Airport data indicates that volumes will be as strong, or stronger, than last year, when congestion became a major issue.
  • Croatian dock workers strike again over late salary

    Oct 22, 2018 — Workers at Croatia’s largest shipbuilding group Uljanik on Monday held their second strike in less than two months, this time over unpaid salary for September.
  • Turkish Cargo prepares for ‘Mega Hub’ at Istanbul New Airport

    Oct 22, 2018 — Turkish Cargo is preparing to move services from its current Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) hub to the Istanbul New Airport (ISL). ISL is scheduled to open on Oct. 29 of this year, and shortly after, on Dec. 31, cargo moving in belly holds of passenger aircraft will move through ISL, while Turkish Cargo’s freighter services will continue operating at IST.
  • Boonma handles logistics for Top Thai Brands 2018

    Oct 22, 2018 — Boonma Real Mobility Group Thailand has successfully completed the contract to manage the logistics needs of the Top Thai Brands 2018 exhibition. The contract was awarded to Boonma by the Department of International Trade Promotion and the Ministry of Commerce Thailand.
  • Schiphol Airport group eyes revamp of domestic cargo strategy

    Oct 22, 2018 — Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is to re-think its strategy, examining all the airports in the group and its overall cargo plan for the Netherlands. It is a year since the airport hit its capacity constraints, leading to the loss of slots for freighter operators.
  • Hurricane Florence And Hurricane Michael U.S. Gulf Coast And U.S. East Coast: Latest information and how to help

    Oct 19, 2018 — The images of Hurricane Michael’s debris and devastation are heartbreaking, especially when they are combined with what we have already been seeing come out of the Carolinas as a result of Hurricane Florence. And there is no sugar-coating how long and difficult the path to recovery will be. There’s so much to do that it’s difficult to know where to start.
  • Nigeria: Surcharges due to congestion at Lagos ports

    Oct 19, 2018 — AGS Nigeria would like to inform its partners and colleagues of an increase of additional charges implemented in Lagos on all import and export shipments, following heavy port congestion which has lasted for several months.
  • Freight-Related Startups, Tech Firms Continue to Attract Investment

    Oct 18, 2018 — Interest in freight-related startups and technology continues to grow, as evidenced by several recent investment deals as well as a first-of-its-kind Founders Camp whereby representatives from 20 startup firms met with trucking executives and shippers in Chattanooga, Tenn., to exchange ideas for new products and services.
  • The End of Cheap Shipping From China

    Oct 18, 2018 — The White House wants to put an end to low-cost shipping from overseas, a move widely supported among U.S. e-commerce sellers.
  • Aqaba New Port set for digitisation

    Oct 17, 2018 — Jordan’s Aqaba New Port will see all ship and goods movements, warehouse management and logistics fully digitised in a project with a contract volume worth millions of euros. German company INPLAN Software Solutions (INPLAN), which provides software solutions for ports, terminals and maritime logistics firms, has won a tender for the venture, which will be realised in several phases and is anticipated to last two years.
  • Household Goods Moves out of Tyndall AFB, FL Due to Hurricane Michael

    Oct 17, 2018 — IAM was informed today by JPPSO-SC of the potential for a large number of household goods shipments originating from Tyndall AFB, FL in the near future. Due to significant damage to Tyndall AFB from Hurricane Michael, the Air Force expects to PCS almost the entire military/dependent population out of Tyndall.
  • Federal U.S. Rule Will Allow States to Waive Permit Tests for Veterans

    Oct 17, 2018 — A new federal rule will allow state driver’s licensing agencies to waive the requirement of the commercial learner’s permit test for individuals who worked in a military position that required operating a truck within the last year.
  • New treatment requirements for China-bound shipments

    Oct 16, 2018 — Shipments from certain countries to China will now require treatments to avoid spreading yellow fever and cholera.
  • Post-election protests expected to cause delays in São Tomé

    Oct 16, 2018 — AGS São Tomé would like to advise of possible delays following the recent elections in the country. Please note that protests are likely to hamper AGS operations in São Tomé. We are uncertain as to when the situation will be restored, however, AGS São Tomé remains operational and all possible measures are being taken to prevent delays.
  • Errol Gardiner joins Transworld in New Zealand

    Oct 15, 2018 — Errol Gardiner joined Transworld International in New Zealand to handle business development on 24 September 2018. Until recently Errol ran New Zealand Van Lines and became FIDI President in 2013.
  • Barges and rails viewed by New York City as a means to get trucks off city streets

    Oct 15, 2018 — Several projects to shift truck traffic on to barges, and several other more general goals to meet the same target, are part of the Freight NYC project that is being implemented by New York City’s Economic Development Corporation.
  • Panama Canal Sets New Annual Tonnage Record

    Oct 12, 2018 — The Panama Canal closed its 2018 fiscal year (FY 2018) with a record tonnage of 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), marking a 9.5 percent increase from 2017. The total tonnage for the year is greater than the 429.4 million PC/UMS tons forecast for FY 2018, as well as the 403.8 million PC/UMS tons registered in FY 2017.
  • HOS Rules Relaxed as Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall

    Oct 11, 2018 — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration relaxed hours-of-service regulations in eight states as Hurricane Michael made landfall, battering the Florida Panhandle with 155 mph winds. Administrators at FMCSA’s Southern Service Centers on Oct. 9 declared a state of emergency in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Hong Kong to focus on boosting maritime services after leader Carrie Lam admits city cannot compete with rival ports on shipping

    Oct 11, 2018 — Hong Kong cannot compete with its shipping rivals and will turn its attention to maritime services as a way to strengthen its position as a key seaport trading centre, the city’s leader has admitted. Acknowledging the decline in sea cargo passing through Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor sought to address the weakness by boosting the sector elsewhere.
  • Post-ELD mandate update: trucking market has added 4% more trucks since April 1, 2018

    Oct 8, 2018 — There have a lot of questions regarding the state of capacity in the trucking market and whether the market is adding capacity or losing it. The surge of new truck orders suggests that the industry is growing, but most of the answers to date have been subjective.
  • Warehouse Hiring Soars in a Growing Rush for Logistics Workers

    Oct 8, 2018 — U.S. logistics hiring surged in September at the fastest pace in a year, as warehousing and transportation companies ramping up for peak season added 23,800 jobs.
  • Port of San Diego continues recovery from cyberattack

    Oct 6, 2018 — The Port of San Diego continues to work with federal, state and local officials to investigate and repair the damage from a ransomware cyberattack uncovered last week. The port commission is expected to get a closed-door briefing on the attack at its Tuesday meeting, according to a spokesperson. While the port has continued to operate, some of its computers and information technology systems remain disabled.
  • New Owners to Redevelop Former Avondale Shipyard Site Into Logistics Hub

    Oct 6, 2018 — Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced the closing of the sale of the former Avondale Shipyards site to Avondale Marine, a joint venture between T. Parker Host and Hilco Redevelopment Partners, which has to redevelop the New Orleans-area property into a global logistics hub.
  • The Port of Rotterdam Authority Testing Autonomous Navigation in Port

    Oct 6, 2018 — The Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed a partnership agreement with an artificial intelligence software startup to help develop autonomous navigation within the port.
  • Indian shipping modernisation threatens Sri Lankan transhipment volumes

    Oct 5, 2018 — The modernisation of Indian ports and liberalisation of regulations could threaten the container transhipment business of Sri Lanka’s Colombo port, according to speakers at maritime industry forums this week.
  • Rising demand paves the way for new intermodal networks across SE Asia

    Oct 5, 2018 — Increased freight demand across South-east Asia has given rise to a new breed of intermodal networks, driven by cross-border trucking. According to Gursimran Singh, regional business development manager at China-ASEAN road freight specialist Kart Asia, more and more large 3PLs are choosing Bangkok as their regional logistics hub and are relying on cross-border trucking networks for air and sea connections.
  • What are the opportunities of rail freight between Europe and China?

    Oct 4, 2018 — The New Silk Road has become an integral part of the Eurasian rail freight sector. This became clear as experts from all over the world gathered in Tilburg, the Netherlands on 27 September to discuss the opportunities of the New Silk Road. They revealed the latest investments, new routes and remaining bottle necks on the multimodal connection between Europe and China.
  • Scheduled railroading could improve North American freight-rail service

    Oct 4, 2018 — North American railroads' growing interest in precision scheduled railroading has the potential to improve flagging service levels, according to a new report by Moody's Investors Service.
  • Ripples from congestion at UK box hubs now reaching north Europe ports

    Oct 2, 2018 — More ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) are likely to be diverted from UK ports as Felixstowe and Southampton struggle to cope with the annual peak season surge, impacting the working programmes at other North European container hubs.
  • Japanese ports resume operations after typhoon, loading delays continue

    Oct 1, 2018 — Ports in Japan re-opened Monday after operations were suspended Sunday as Typhoon Trami made landfall, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. Trami, which at its peak packed maximum gusts of 216 kph, was weakening slightly but still causing extreme weather Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
  • Port of San Diego hit with ransomware attack

    Oct 1, 2018 — Port of San Diego ceo Randa Coniglio, said: "The Port of San Diego is partnering with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the investigation of a serious cybersecurity incident first reported on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 that has disrupted the agency's information technology systems. The port also continues close communication and coordination with the US Coast Guard.”
  • Beleaguered UK importers prepared for further delays as more vessels divert from Southampton and Felixstowe

    Oct 1, 2018 — Chronic congestion at the UK’s two largest container ports is forcing ocean carrier planners to make further last-minute ship diversions, causing chaos to the country’s supply chain.
  • FMC plans demurrage and detention report field interviews

    Oct 1, 2018 — Commissioner Rebecca Dye of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, as part of “phase two” of the agency’s ongoing Fact Finding 28 demurrage and detention investigation, will hold field interviews in Southern California and Southern Florida in October.
  • Baku Int’l Sea Trade Port to increase transit capacity of region’s countries

    Sep 28, 2018 — Azerbaijan is keen to further leverage its transit and logistics potential by transforming the transportation system and services into one of the key comparative advantages of its economy, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said.
  • Port Workers Plan Strike in L.A. to Challenge Logistics Firms

    Sep 28, 2018 — Warehouse workers and truck drivers at Los Angeles ports are planning to launch a three-day strike Monday, aiming to put pressure on logistics companies they claim owe them back wages.
  • Felixstowe box congestion spreads to Southampton, just in time for Xmas rush

    Sep 27, 2018 — The UK’s two biggest container ports appear to have hit crisis level. UK retailers potentially face weeks of delays in getting their Christmas stock onto the shelves in time for the peak consumer spending rush.
  • CBP outlines ACE enhancements on deck

    Sep 26, 2018 — U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday announced a set of enhancements that it plans to make to its umbrella computer system, known as the Automated Commercial Environment or ACE.
  • Premiere Van Lines President Walt Peniuk Runs from Toronto to Washington, DC for #iamovers

    Sep 24, 2018 — Premiere Van Lines President and adventure enthusiast Walt Peniuk will be taking on one of his greatest challenges yet by trekking from Mississauga, Canada, to National Harbor for this year's IAM Annual Meeting. Walt is running and biking the entire distance to raise fund for IAM's new charity, IAM Here 2 Help. He is collecting funds at his Crowdrise page.
  • ALAN coordinates logistics response to Hurricane Florence

    Sep 20, 2018 — The American Logistics Aid Network continues to receive requests for – and offers of – warehousing and logistics services to support hurricane response.
  • Southcom Lends Helping Hand Through Humanitarian Assistance Programs

    Sep 20, 2018 — U.S. Southern Command’s humanitarian assistance program conducts Defense Department-approved activities within its area of responsibility in conjunction with partner nations to alleviate human suffering, disease, hunger and privation, particularly in regions where those needs may pose major challenges to the civilian populace.
  • Containership chaos at port of Antwerp after pilots stage a walkout

    Sep 19, 2018 — Some 30 containerships are without a berth in the Antwerp region, following a 24-hour walkout by the Flemish Pilotage Service union. The strike commenced at 7pm on Monday, with sources yesterday telling The Loadstar that about 40 vessels were then outside Antwerp, unable to discharge or load.
  • France mulls cheaper hack for autonomous transport

    Sep 19, 2018 — To get rid of the need for a driver, French state-owned railway SNCF will upgrade its existing trains and use century-old tracks to keep costs down. The first prototypes will be ready within five years.
  • What is the Typhoon Mangkhut fallout on shipping and the supply chain?

    Sep 19, 2018 — Typhoon Mangkhut is currently the largest storm in the world in 2018, and it’s impacting a region that is the center of manufacturing and shipping. The effects will be felt by industries, companies, and consumers across the globe.
  • FMCSA schedules HOS listening session this weekend

    Sep 19, 2018 — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a public listening session Sept. 22 on potential changes to its Hours of Service (HOS) rules for commercial truck drivers. The listening session takes place at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV from 10 a.m.-noon PDT.
  • Portugal Stevedores to Stage 24-Hour Strike

    Sep 18, 2018 — Portuguese stevedoring unions are planning to stage a 24-hour strike on September 20, bringing the port operations in Leixoes and Lisbon to a halt.
  • Port of Long Beach invests in rail-focused terminal upgrades to handle growing traffic

    Sep 18, 2018 — To handle the mounting maritime traffic, the port in 2011 embarked on a nearly $1.5 billion project to combine two of its oldest terminals. Known as the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, it calls for significantly renovating piers E and F, and expanding the on-dock rail yard from 10,000 linear feet to more than 70,000 linear feet.
  • Maersk Container Vessel First to Take Arctic Shortcut

    Sep 18, 2018 — A shipping vessel operated by the world’s largest container shipping company, Maersk, has for the first time managed to sail through Arctic waters off northern Russia, Danish public broadcaster DR reported Sept. 17.
  • Typhoon slams into China after pummelling Philippines, Hong Kong

    Sep 17, 2018 — A typhoon made landfall in China's Guangdong on Sunday (Sep 16), the country's most populous province, killing at least two and causing millions to be evacuated. Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in Haiyan after wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing more than 50 in the Philippines. Ports, oil refineries and industrial plants in Guangdong have been shut.
  • Panama Canal Head Expects Fewer China, U.S. Ships if Trade War Escalates

    Sep 17, 2018 — Fewer ships from China and the United States could use the Panama Canal if trade tensions escalate between the two economic giants, but the dip could be offset by grain exports from north Brazil, the head of the organization that operates the waterway said.
  • Hakovo claims a first with global electronic bill of lading backed by P&I clubs

    Sep 17, 2018 — Singapore start-up Hakovo claims to be the first digital freight marketplace to offer an electronic bill of lading (e-bill) for containerised cargo.
  • Angry hauliers now told a 'no-deal' Brexit means no licence to drive in the EU

    Sep 14, 2018 — As few as 1,224 UK hauliers could be eligible to transport goods to the EU if the country departs the union without a deal in place. Logistics industry representatives say a UK-EU agreement on road transport must be prioritised over a trade deal.