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  • U.S. Questions COSCO’s Takeover of Long Beach Terminal -Report

    Apr 23, 2018 — A U.S. national security review has raised concerns about a takeover by China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings Co of a large container terminal in Long Beach, California, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The terminal is part of COSCO’s planned $6.3 billion deal to buy shipping firm Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) , the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
  • 25th Infantry Division Soldiers Aid Relief Efforts on Hawaii Island Kauai

    Apr 19, 2018 — Army aviators and other soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division assisted emergency response efforts here for the island’s residents and tourists in the aftermath of recent heavy rainstorms and mudslide-producing flooding.
  • Panama Canal Tugboat Captains Locked in Heated Dispute with Management Over Safe Manning of Tugs

    Apr 19, 2018 — Panama Canal tugboat captains are locked in a heated dispute with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) regarding the manning and safe operation of tugboats in the new Neopanamax locks. The dispute escalated in recent days since the ACP announced sanctions against some tugboat captains who the ACP accused of interrupting the performance of the Canal and causing economic loss by refusing to transit vessels on April 12.
  • Blockchain on Verge of Revolutionizing Shipping Industry

    Apr 18, 2018 — Globalization has brought the most advanced trading networks the world has seen, with the biggest, fastest vessels, robot-operated ports and vast computer databases tracking cargoes. But it all still relies on millions and millions of paper documents. That last throwback to 19th-century trade is about to fall.
  • Shipping Industry Switch to LNG Bunker Fuel Not Enough to Meet Strict Carbon Regulations – Analyst

    Apr 18, 2018 — Switching to liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel ocean-going vessels may not be enough for shippers to comply with long-term emissions regulations and they will have to find additional ways of reducing emissions, JBC Energy said on Tuesday.
  • Malacca Strait security needed by ASEAN

    Apr 17, 2018 — Multilateral cooperation among ASEAN militaries has been successful, but still needs to improve if the vital sea lines of communication of the Malacca Strait are to remain clear, particularly with the rise of two strategic military competitors to the east and west, namely China and India.
  • New Campaign Highlights Education Challenges Caused by Military Family Moves

    Apr 17, 2018 — Permanent relocations of military families often create significant inconsistencies in the classroom for young children, who move far more often than their peers. A new campaign by the National Military Family Association highlights these issues—while arming families with information.
  • EU Action on Ship Emissions Helping to Reduce Air Pollution in Ports and Along Coastlines

    Apr 17, 2018 — Air pollution from shipping has been significantly reduced around European coastlines and ports thanks to the concerted action by the European Union and industry to reduce sulphur emissions from ships, the European Commission said in a report released Monday. The report is the first European Commission report on compliance with Directive (EU) 2016/802, more commonly referred to as the Sulphur Directive, which regulates SOx emissions from ships in European waters.
  • Patrick bracing for seven-day strike at Port Botany

    Apr 16, 2018 — Patrick stevedores is urgently seeking to stop allegedly unlawful industrial action at Port Botany as it braces for a seven-day strike that threatens to cripple its operations. The company has alleged the Maritime Union of Australia is unlawfully organising stevedores to refuse to work with an alternative workforce in solidarity with the terminal's contracted maintenance crew, who are preparing to take a week of protected industrial action from Wednesday.
  • U.S. West Coast ports report mixed message for first quarter

    Apr 16, 2018 — The Port of Long Beach has completed its best ever first quarter, with marine terminals handling almost 1.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) January through March. The quick start is 19.4 percent more than the first quarter of 2017, the Port’s busiest year ever.
  • Blockchain in Transport Alliance Gains Members, Traction

    Apr 12, 2018 — Blockchain is gaining more interest from the transportation industry as a broad coalition of freight and logistics companies band together to set common practices to deploy the technology. The alliance now has more than a hundred members, including UPS, Penske Corp., GE Transportation, Werner Enterprises, Schneider and J.B. Hunt.
  • Air Transport Group Sets Animal-Handling Standards

    Apr 12, 2018 — The International Air Transport Association says its new program for shipping live animals was in the works before an incident last month in which a dog died on a United Airlines flight. The voluntary program will certify carriers that meet standards for safely handling animals.
  • Iqbal says Gwadar Port to emerge as top sea port of Asia

    Apr 11, 2018 — Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal said that Gwadar Port will emerge as the top sea port of Asia after completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
  • Maersk Considering Female CFO Amid Gender Gap in Top Management

    Apr 11, 2018 — A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S is considering hiring its first female chief financial officer, as the century-old conglomerate seeks to make up for a widening gender gap in top management. Shipping is a traditionally male-dominated industry and Jim Hagemann Snabe, who’s been chairman for a year now, says more diversity would be good for business at Denmark’s largest company, which operates in 130 countries.
  • Morocco’s Tanger-Med port running at full speed

    Apr 10, 2018 — Inaugurated in 2007, the Tanger-Med port complex, not far from the Strait of Gibraltar, handled 51.3 million tonnes of cargo, on a par with the Port of London. Its industrial park, connected to a free-trade zone, is creating jobs at a rate that “exceeds expectations,” port Director-General Jaafar Mrhardy. With 750 companies and thousands of employees, the port generated $6.8 billion of revenue in 2017.
  • World’s First Autonomous Shipping Company Established in Norway

    Apr 5, 2018 — Shipping group Wilhelmsen and technology firm KONGSBERG, both from Norway, have joined forces to establish the new company, named Massterly, which will launch later this year offering the complete value chain for autonomous ships, from design and development, to control systems, logistics services and vessel operations.
  • FMC Orders Carriers to Disclose Demurrage Practices

    Apr 4, 2018 — On Monday, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced that it has begun its investigation into terminal operators' and ocean carriers' practices for port demurrage, detention and free time. In its first move, FMC is ordering carriers and terminals to disclose information and documents explaining these practices.
  • Can IT help the shipping industry deep-six the container "no-show" problem?

    Apr 4, 2018 — About one-quarter of all ship bookings never materialize because users find cheaper rates elsewhere, according to the New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX), which has created a digital capacity-allocation platform supported by real-time market data and binding contracts with incentives for shippers to ship on the contracted vessel and carriers to make the contracted capacity available. No-shows cost carriers about $23 billion a year, NYSHEX has estimated.
  • First post-panamax containership calls PSA-Panama

    Apr 3, 2018 — On Monday the 13,100 teu MSC Renee became the first post-panamax to call PSA-Panama after it completed its expansion early this year.
  • Shipping Industry Confidence at Four-Year High

    Apr 3, 2018 — Shipping confidence reached a four-year high in the three months to end-February 2018, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.
  • Japan’s ‘ONE’ Network Starts Business as World’s Sixth-Largest Container Shipping Line

    Apr 3, 2018 — Japan’s Ocean Network Express kicked off operations on Sunday, marking the official start of business for what is now the 6th largest container shipping company by overall capacity. With the combined operations, ONE controls a fleet of about 240 vessels with a combined capacity of 1,440,000 TEU, ranking it as the 6th largest container shipping company with approximately 7% of global share. The company will offer 85 service loops and a comprehensive network linking more than 200 of the world’s major ports.
  • Freightos survey says forwarders are running out of time to modernize

    Mar 30, 2018 — Freight forwarders have come a long way toward adopting digital processes over the last three years in anticipation of the e-commerce revolution, but time is rapidly running out for the laggards that have not yet embraced digitalization. A recent study conducted by Forrester Research for online logistics firm Freightos said some forwarders may be out of business with in the next decade if they do not focus on immediate customer needs.
  • Schiphol's head of cargo talks mergers, slots and new challenges

    Mar 30, 2018 — Schiphol Airport’s decision to merge its cargo department with its aviation marketing division took many in the industry by surprise, given its support for the development of its freight business over the past few years. However, Schiphol head of cargo Jonas van Stekelenburg points out this is not the first time the two departments have been merged: they have been combined twice in the past 30 years and twice they have separated again.
  • ELD Mandate Law Enforcement Grace Period Is Almost Over

    Mar 30, 2018 — The three-month law enforcement grace period for trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices is almost over. As of April 1, drivers caught without ELDs are due to be placed out of service for 10 hours, and may have points added to their Compliance, Safety, Accountability program scores, or could even be assessed a civil fine.
  • Suez Canal resumes activities after stability of weather

    Mar 30, 2018 — Suez Canal ports reopened and maritime activities were resumed on Thursday after the weather conditions improved. Villages and towns of Kafr El-Sheikh governorate, particularly those overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, witnessed severe winds on Thursday, which lead to the closure of El Brols port.
  • Australia Bans Cargo Ship Over Maritime Labour Convention Violations

    Mar 28, 2018 — Australia has banned the Liberian-flagged containership MSC Kia Ora from its ports for three months due violations of international crew welfare laws after the operator failed to pay crew wages in full and on time, in addition to other detainable deficiencies.
  • Containership and Bulk Carrier Collide in Denmark’s Great Belt

    Mar 28, 2018 — Maritime authorities in Denmark are investigation a collision between a containership and a bulk carrier in Denmark’s Great Belt, which caused some containers to fall into the water. Seven containers are reported to have been lost from the containership. At least some of the containers have been recovered.
  • An immigration bill you've never heard of will solve US's labor shortage

    Mar 27, 2018 — According to the Labor Department's latest jobs report, we're in the strongest labor market in decades. But that has left the country with a severe shortage of skilled workers. The Immigration Innovation or "I-Squared" Act has been proposed to tackle this issue. But it's gotten lost amid our nation's divisive immigration debate.
  • Abu Dhabi Ports signs agreement with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

    Mar 26, 2018 — Abu Dhabi Ports inked a new agreement with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade to explore new commercial opportunities between Chinese companies interested in investing in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone (KPFTZ), which is considered the largest free trade zone in the region.
  • Canada Urges World Nations to Preserve Pillars of Global Trade

    Mar 26, 2018 — As the U.S. and China edge closer to a full-blown trade war, Canada has urged all nations to act to preserve the pillars of the world trading system. “We need to cherish the organizations that have been the cornerstone of the world economic order,” Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in an interview in Singapore on Saturday.
  • Transitional period of Brexit fallout set at 20 months

    Mar 22, 2018 — This week, the European Union (E.U.) and the U.K. government made another small step toward tackling the implications of Brexit for companies operating throughout the supply chain by agreeing on a specific amount of time to have a “transitional period” so all parties can get used to the new rules.
  • Crowley: Six Months After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s Road to Recovery is Being Made by Sea

    Mar 22, 2018 — It’s been called the most logistically challenging relief effort the United States has ever managed. When nearly Category 5 Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, it left a wake of destruction that residents and emergency responders are still reckoning with. Government officials knew of Crowley’s reputation and capabilities from the company’s previous rapid expeditionary response efforts around the world.
  • Crews Cleaning Up Containers at Port of Karachi After Ship Scrapes Another

    Mar 22, 2018 — Authorities in Pakistan’s southern port of Karachi have launched an effort to retrieve 21 containers knocked overboard after a ship moving into its berth brushed against a stationary vessel, officials said on Tuesday.
  • British Ports Association: Likely Brexit Deal Looks Like ‘No Deal’ for Ports

    Mar 22, 2018 — Following Monday’s agreement between UK and EU negotiators on the terms of a transition deal and ahead of the EU Council meeting later this week, the British Ports Association has published a strategic report calling for a pragmatic deal with the EU on both customs and regulatory recognition that allows both British and European businesses to get their goods across borders as quickly as possible.
  • Big Mess at Port of Karachi After Container Ship Sideswipes Moored Vessel

    Mar 20, 2018 — Dozens of shipping containers have fallen into the water at Pakistan’s busiest deepwater port containership collided with a moored vessel during berthing on Monday. The incident occurred at the South Asia Pakistan Terminals facility in the Port of Karachi, where officials say approximately 55 to 60 containers fell into the water as a result of the incident, according to local media.
  • ‘It’s on’: Melbourne ports dispute set to escalate

    Mar 19, 2018 — Maritime workers returned to work on Monday after staging a 48-hour snap strike at Qube Ports’ facility in Melbourne prompting the company to fly in workers by helicopter. Maritime Union of Australia Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith said workers had introduced industrial bans and had restricted shifts to seven hours. Shifts had varied from four to 12 hours. “Excessive 12 hour shifts are not required now and are a fatigue issue,” he said. Mr. Smith said workers would refuse to return to work if Qube was successful in its push to terminate the existing enterprise agreement.
  • Is Southeast Asia home to the most dangerous waters in the world?

    Mar 19, 2018 — Increasing piracy, shipping accidents and political disputes have made Southeast Asia a dangerous place for seafarers. But what is the cause of these issues, and to what extent are countries in the region taking steps to solve them?
  • Shipping, data and avoiding becoming the Uber drivers of the seas

    Mar 19, 2018 — How shipping can utilise big data to avoid yet further commodisation of its service and improve safety of operations was a topic panelists at grappled with at the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) conference last week.
  • Evolving International Container Markets Follow U.S. Lead

    Mar 16, 2018 — Two distinct markets are evolving in international container transportation with one market seeking faster delivery despite having to pay premium prices and a second market that is willing to delay delivery in exchange for lower transportation costs.
  • “Evolving Freight Forwarding Survey” deserves our attention

    Mar 16, 2018 — Logistics Trends & Insights LLC, an Atlanta, Georgia-based consultancy, is conducting its third “Evolving Freight Forwarding Survey," and invites readers to participate. The consultancy’s president, Cathy Roberson says, “New startups, new competitive threats, new technology offerings and new services are all occurring within the market. How are the traditional forwarders such as DHL, Kuehne + Nagel and Panalpina addressing these changes?”
  • Insurers Brace for Multi-Million-Dollar Claims from Maersk Honam Fire

    Mar 16, 2018 — The insurance industry is bracing itself for hundreds of millions of dollars of claims from the biggest container vessel casualty to date – but some shippers will not have been insured. A Maersk spokesman told The Loadstar this week that no decision had yet been reached on the port of destination for the fire-damaged 15,262 teu Maersk Honam.
  • Evolution of retail market makes predicting demand for air cargo capacity tougher

    Mar 14, 2018 — Lack of data for cross-border e-commerce shipments is making it harder to forecast air freight demand, analysts warned yesterday. But, as forwarders look to book space through the year to avoid a capacity crisis like last year’s, analysts indicate that demand for air freight may slow slightly. But in the short-term, it remains strong – and the peaks are here to stay.
  • India: Staggering 265-fold hike in labour levy at ports killing coastal shipping

    Mar 14, 2018 — The government’s practice of continuing to charge notional labour cess on coastal cargo operations, despite the fact that most ports are now mechanised and do not require manpower for loading and unloading, is taking a toll on the country’s coastal shipping operators. Many are losing business to rail and road transport, and to ports run by the private sector.
  • Lyttelton strike not affecting Port Otago

    Mar 14, 2018 — A fortnight-long strike at Lyttelton Port has not yet prompted any increase in export or import volumes at Port Otago, but that may change in the weeks ahead. Despite a deal between the Lyttelton Port company and Rail and Maritime Transport Union having been close, 200 workers went on strike at midnight on Monday for a fortnight.
  • International manager Christina Fild started at Hertling Duesseldorf

    Mar 8, 2018 — Christina Fild, in the moving industry since 2011, has been appointed an International Manager with Hertling Duesseldorf and started on Feb. 1. “With my passion for the international moving business and with my practical experience, I’m confident to tackle any challenges in the future and I am glad that I can personally contribute to the ongoing success of Hertling”, Christina writes.
  • Shippers should anticipate a “pivot” in M&A activity this year

    Mar 7, 2018 — Mergers and acquisitions activities for ocean cargo carriers are likely to slow down in 2018, say industry analyts, as trend is likely to “pivot” to freight forwarders.
  • Djibouti Signs New Container Terminal Deal

    Mar 7, 2018 — Djibouti’s Doraleh Container Terminal Management Company has signed a deal with Singapore-based Pacific International Lines to raise by a third the amount of cargo handled at the port, the country’s Ports and Zones Authority said on Tuesday. The agreement would allow it to handle an extra 300,000 20-foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) annually, the authority said.
  • Expanded Panama Canal Marks 3,000 Vessel Crossings

    Mar 7, 2018 — More than 3,000 vessels have now transited the Expanded Panama Canal less than two years since the new locks opened for business, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced. The containership MSC Caterina marked the 3,000 vessel milestone during a northbound passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean last Friday.
  • Major Fire on Ultra-Large Containership Maersk Honam in Arabian Sea, Situation ‘Critical’

    Mar 7, 2018 — An ultra-large containership belonging to container shipping giant Maersk has suffered what is being described as a ‘serious fire’ in one of its cargo holds in the Arabian Sea. According to an emailed statement from Maersk Line, the MV Maersk Honam reported a serious fire in a cargo hold on Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 15:20 GMT while enroute from Singapore towards Suez, Egypt.
  • A commercial reality check for autonomous shipping in 2018

    Mar 7, 2018 — Autonomous vessels are generating increasing interest in the shipping industry, both due to novelty and promising commercial benefits. However, despite all the buzz actual investments in projects involving autonomous vessels remain few and far between.
  • Mexico On Course To Double Port Capacity

    Mar 6, 2018 — Mexico’s Programa Nacional de Infraestructura (PNI), or National Infrastructure Program, aims to double existing port capacity by the end of 2018. Currently, ports have a combined capacity of 470m tonnes, up from 260m tonnes when the plan was first introduced in 2012. The target for this year is to reach 520m tonnes.
  • IAM Seeks Director of Government & Military Relations

    Mar 6, 2018 — Terry Head has announced that he will step down as IAM president at the end of 2018 or during the early weeks of 2019, and IAM Senior Vice President Charles "Chuck" White has been confirmed to succeed Head in the role. To fill White's role, IAM is actively seeking an individual to serve as the Director of Military and Government Affairs.
  • The Future of Shipping in East Africa

    Mar 6, 2018 — The emerging markets of East Africa offer companies boundless possibilities, as technology, agriculture and natural resources fuel economic growth, in what will be one of the most prevalent emerging markets in a new phase of Globalisation. Africa will have six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies this year, according to the World Bank. All of this potential does not mean that trade is then presented on a silver platter to shippers and manufacturers.
  • Large Containership Loses About 70 Containers Overboard Off U.S. East Coast

    Mar 5, 2018 — A 10,000 TEU containership lost about 70 containers overboard on Saturday night while about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. The U.S. Coast Guard is warning mariners of navigation hazards.
  • Nigeria – Cargo Palletization and Form “M” Requirements

    Mar 5, 2018 — All containerized import cargo destined for Nigeria must be palletized. This new guideline is applicable for all Nigerian bound cargo departing from various origin ports as from the 1st of January 2018. In addition, Form "M" number must be reflected on Bills of Lading and Cargo Manifests for commercial goods.
  • Storm clouds are gathering over box line business in 2018, says Fitch

    Mar 5, 2018 — Credit rating and research firm Fitch Ratings has warned that repeating container shipping’s 2017 profitability this year “may prove challenging”. It said: “The fact that some companies are likely to have remained loss-making in 2017 highlights the ongoing weakness in sector fundamentals due to persistent overcapacity, which may undermine a longer-lasting recovery.”
  • IAM Office Closed Friday 2 March

    Mar 2, 2018 — The IAM headquarters office is closed today, Friday March 2, due to high winds in the Washington, DC area. We will reopen on Monday, March 5. Please be safe if you must drive through the affected area!
  • Malaysian domestic lines weather impact of lifting of cabotage

    Mar 1, 2018 — The strongest remnants of Malaysia’s domestic shipping sector seem to have taken the impact of the relaxation of cabotage rules in June in their stride and have seen good performances from their container shipping operations.
  • Port of Savannah Harbor Deepening Project Reaches Halfway Point

    Mar 1, 2018 — The project to deepen the navigation channel leading to the Port of Savannah has reached its halfway point with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completing the outer harbor dredging. The harbor expansion project will deepen the Savannah River to 47 feet at mean low water, allowing Neo-Panamax vessels coming through the Expanded Canal to take on heavier loads.
  • Hapag Lloyd Triples Operating Profit in 2017

    Mar 1, 2018 — German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd on Wednesday reported its 2017 operating profit more than tripled, citing higher transport volumes and a slight recovery in freight rates. It also said that besides worldwide container transport demand and rising freight revenue, last year’s merger with Gulf peer UASC provided more efficiencies.
  • COSCO Shipping International Books Full-Year Profit

    Mar 1, 2018 — COSCO Shipping International (Singapore) recorded a net profit attributable to equity holders of SGD 263.9 million (USD 198.9 million) for the full year of 2017, marking a major recovery when compared to the full-year loss of SGD 466 million booked in 2016.
  • Pirates Attack Two Ships in One Day off Nigeria

    Feb 28, 2018 — Armed pirates attacked two vessels in separate incidents on February 24 off the coast of Bonny Island, Nigeria, according to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
  • Airfreight rates up on 2017 levels in February

    Feb 28, 2018 — Airfreight rates on major transpacific, Asia-Europe and translatlantic routes continued to track ahead of 2017 levels in February, despite demand slackening off. The latest figures from TAC Index show that February airfreight rates on services from Hong Kong to North America increased by 42.5% year on year to $3.62 per kg. This increase reflects demand statistics reported by Asian airlines in the first part of the year.
  • Duqm container terminal to be ready by 2019-end

    Feb 28, 2018 — A new container terminal at Duqm port, which will have an annual capacity to handle two million twenty-foot equivalent units (TUEs), will be ready by the end of 2019, according to a top-level port official. “We are now building the platform, rail, and warehouses. By the end of 2018, we will order the big equipment, including cranes, for the port,” Reggy Vermeulen, chief executive officer of the Port of Duqm, told the Times of Oman in an exclusive interview.
  • Penang Port to spend $46m on expansion

    Feb 26, 2018 — MMC Corp-owned Penang Port is allocating MYR180m ($46m) for expansion plans this year to boost capacity to 2.8m teu from 2m teu currently.
  • Arpin Van Lines’ Agents Earn Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

    Feb 22, 2018 — Two Arpin Van Lines’ Agents have earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017. The winners are Charles Wood & Son Moving & Storage, Inc. of Melville, NY; and Star International Movers of Sterling, Va.
  • Will digitisation kill off the forwarder?

    Feb 22, 2018 — Digitisation could make freight forwarders redundant in the next 20 years unless they significantly adapt their business model. As data in the supply chain becomes increasingly transparent, in a bid for seamless flows of information and cargo, the forwarders’ advantage ebbs, delegates heard at Air Cargo India in Mumbai this week.
  • Cameroon: Operations to effectively start at Kribi deep water port soon

    Feb 22, 2018 — "We’ve come to Kribi for a large concertation between actors of external trade and to take initial steps towards the effective start of operations at Kribi deep-water port." These were the words of Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, minister of transport, at the end of a meeting organized in the city from February 15-16, 2018. It was organized to install the actors of the future port community.
  • Terry Head Stepping Down as IAM Presidet; Charles White Stepping Up

    Feb 22, 2018 — IAM is officially announcing that Terry Head has formally confirmed that he plans to step down as IAM president at the end of 2018 or during the early weeks of 2019. The IAM Executive Committee is pleased to further advise that IAM Senior Vice President Charles "Chuck" White has already been confirmed to succeed Head in the role.
  • Pasha Hawaii Concludes Deployment of Horizon Spirit In Support of Puerto Rico Carriers Hurricane Relief Efforts

    Feb 21, 2018 — Since cargo volume can now be handled by the U.S. Jones Act vessels customarily serving the Puerto Rico market, the vessel will serve as a drydock reserve ship in Pasha Hawaii’s container business between the mainland and Hawaii. It will relieve the Horizon Reliance which will undergo regulatory dry-dock maintenance at a U.S. West Coast shipyard.
  • Reshaped Maersk Looking to Compete Directly with UPS, Fedex

    Feb 21, 2018 — Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk plans to compete directly with package delivery companies UPS and Fedex as it expands its transport and logistics business, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, sold its North Sea-focused oil and gas business in August in a $7.5 billion deal in August as it focuses on transport and logistics.
  • IAM Pays Members Over $200,000 USD to Settle RPP Claims

    Feb 21, 2018 — Following the final claims review for the 2017 fiscal year, IAM is paying out $200,514.01 USD to settle qualified Unpaid Invoice Compensation claims submitted through the Receivable Protection Program (RPP). This follows the $198,969 USD IAM paid out to settle qualified Unpaid Invoice Compensation claims from 2016. This is the primary benefit of the RPP - IAM compensates your company if its invoices were not paid by another member who went out of business. RPP Unpaid Invoice Compensation protects your company from financial loss when conducting work on behalf of another IAM member.
  • Schiphol to merge cargo department with aviation marketing

    Feb 21, 2018 — Schiphol Airport is combining its cargo department with aviation marketing, with the current head of the freight business moving onto another role. The Dutch Airport has in the past been lauded for its investment in cargo and contacts have suggested the move could be viewed as the hub backing away from the sector.
  • Why self-driving trucks are good for truckers, and why that’s good for everyone

    Feb 20, 2018 — Last year the two biggest fears in the trucking industry were the ELD mandate finally coming to roost, and the driver shortage issue. Driver shortage, and the related aging trucker demographic have been long-standing issues, but on top of these stresses, 2018 has emerged out of the 2017 shadows with a strong economy, coupled with the rapid growth of e-commerce.
  • The Annual Cost of U.S. Cybercrime Could Top $100 Billion

    Feb 20, 2018 — Companies aren’t properly incentivized to protect their networks and we’re all paying the price, the Council of Economic Advisers concludes. The U.S. economy loses between $57 billion and $109 billion per year to malicious cyber activity, according to an estimate published Friday by the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
  • Dangerous North Atlantic Storm Impacting Shipping Lanes

    Feb 20, 2018 — A developing hurricane force storm low over the west-central North Atlantic continues to move eastward at 35 knots producing winds of 55-75 knots with significant wave heights up to 12 meters (40 feet) within 180 NM south and 120 NM west of the center. This is a dangerous storm as it is tracking eastward at a fairly low latitude and is affecting shipping from North Europe and Mediterranean ports and US East Coast and Gulf ports.
  • Shippers hit by trucker shortage and bad weather pushing up transport costs

    Feb 15, 2018 — Shippers are fearing for their bottom lines amid claims the US truck driver shortage will intensify after a year in which hurricanes and high demand drove up rates.
  • JD Logistics launches JD Logistics launches domestic rail freight pilot program in China rail freight pilot program

    Feb 15, 2018 — JD Logistics has confirmed a new type of collaboration with a competing mode of transportation. Together with the China Railway Corporation, JD is piloting a same-day, door-to-door white glove delivery service for high-end goods, utilizing domestic trains for long-distance transportation.
  • Container lines look anew at Asian trades

    Feb 15, 2018 — Apparently in response to market demand, the end of 2017 and the first couple of weeks of the year have seen the launch of a flurry of new and enhanced services from several key lines on intra-Asia and China-Southeast and South Asia routes in particular.
  • Senate confirms rail, truck agency administrators

    Feb 15, 2018 — The U.S. Senate confirmed Ronald Batory as administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration and Ray Martinez as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
  • Flying messengers of love

    Feb 13, 2018 — Hardly any other flower is as sought-after as the rose on the forthcoming day of lovers: to ensure that the millions of declarations of affection will not have to go without the scent of the long-stemmed symbol of love, Lufthansa Cargo is currently flying entire freighters filled with beautiful roses. All in all, Lufthansa’s cargo arm will transport some 800 tonnes of these delicate goods this year. This equates to around the load capacity of eleven flights with MD-11 freighters.
  • EU antitrust regulators to fine NYK, Wilhelmsen, other car shipping firms

    Feb 13, 2018 — EU antitrust regulators are set to fine Nippon Yusen KK (NYK) and several other Japanese shippers as well as Norwegian Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA (WWL) in the coming weeks for rigging bids for shipping cars, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
  • HMM notches up billion-dollar loss, but carrier still plans to order more megaships

    Feb 13, 2018 — Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) slumped to a KRW1.2trn ($1.1bn) net loss in 2017. And this follows a KRW484bn loss the year before, bucking the industry trend of improved profitability. However, seemingly undaunted by the magnitude of its continued losses, the South Korean carrier is to invest $95m in 30,000 new containers and is reported to be on the verge of an order for a dozen 22,000 teu vessels and eight of 13,000 teu.
  • ELD Mandate Presents Opportunity to Boost Fuel Efficiency, Technology Vendors Say

    Feb 13, 2018 — Complying with the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate may create new expenses for new adopters of the technology, but the devices also could generate fuel savings for carriers depending on the type of system they deploy and how they use the data.
  • IMO Signs Partnership Deal with European Bank

    Feb 9, 2018 — The IMO has signed a new partnership agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to help promote sustainable shipping and ports in selected countries.
  • Disabled Containership MOL Prestige Under Tow Off British Columbia

    Feb 7, 2018 — The disabled containership MOL Prestige is under tow back to Canada after suffering an engine room fire last week that left the ship adrift off British Columbia, Canada.
  • Never Underestimate the Risk of Explosion in a Freight and Logistics Warehouse

    Feb 7, 2018 — Apart from the obvious risks in many a logistics operation, an expression of liquid gas when changing a fork lift truck bottle, an accidental spillage of fuel, and exactly the type of incident which should normally countered by proper Health and Safety protocols, most warehousemen will have never encountered a serious explosion, and indeed given it much thought.
  • Embark’s self-driving truck completes 2,400 mile cross-U.S. trip

    Feb 7, 2018 — Embark’s autonomous trucking solution just demonstrated what it could be capable of in a big way: It make a coast-to-coast trip from L.A. to Jacksonville, Florida, driving 2,400 miles from one end of the U.S. to the other.
  • Gridlock hurting business at Nigeria’s busiest port

    Feb 6, 2018 — Getting to and from Apapa — the catch-all name for Lagos’ two seaports of Apapa and Tin Can Island — has increasingly become a nightmare for pretty much everyone. Now, with the chronic traffic jams hurting business and no sign of any swift resolution to the problem, labour unrest is looming large on the horizon.
  • Cargo Theft Explodes in Mexico

    Feb 6, 2018 — Cargo theft in Mexico has exploded since 2015, and totaled more than 4,000 thefts in 2017, according to SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center’s annual report on cargo theft in the country. The 1,105 thefts in 2015 grew by 61% to 1,773 in 2016. That number grew by 127% to 4,030 last year.
  • Demand in the global air cargo supply chain remains robust

    Feb 6, 2018 — The International Air Transport Association recently released full-year 2017 data for global air freight markets showing that global demand grew by 9.0%. This was more than double the 3.6% annual growth recorded in 2016.
  • Chabahar Port lures Afghan traffic away from Karachi

    Feb 6, 2018 — Afghanistan has shifted 80% of its cargo traffic from Pakistan’s Karachi seaport to Iran’s Bandar Abbas and Chabahar ports. The move comes two months after Chabahar, barely 100 kilometers from Pakistan’s Gwadar port, was inaugurated. The shift, prompted in part by a new trade tariff imposed by Islamabad, is expected to greatly reduce Pakistan’s role in the transit of Afghan goods.
  • Singapore and Guyana strengthen ties with open skies deal

    Feb 5, 2018 — The Singapore Airshow 2018 was the setting for the conclusion of an Open Skies Agreement between Singapore and Guyana on February 4. Cargo carriers from each nation will be allowed to base aircraft in each other’s countries and operate from there to any third country.
  • Long Beach port OKs on-dock rail facility

    Feb 5, 2018 — The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday approved the construction of Pier B on-dock rail support facility at the Port of Long Beach, California. The facility would provide track space to join together sections of trains assembled at terminals.
  • Sabah Ports increases capacity at Sapangar

    Feb 2, 2018 — Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd will increase the handling capacity of Sapangar Bay Container Port (SBCP) to half a million TEUs (20ft equivalent units) per annum with the launching of its two additional ship-to-shore cranes, here, Wednesday.
  • IAM Mobile 24/7 – The Mobile App for Your Mobile Staff

    Feb 2, 2018 — IAM Mobile 24/7 is a year-round app with all the critical information members need to stay connected with IAM's most popular information offerings. Imagine your sales staff being able to look up all our Country Guides from one place without a computer. Have a client moving from Bangkok to Bamako or from Bergen to Brasilia? Customs information and more is just a tap away.
  • NileDutch to use predictive software to streamline empty container flows

    Feb 2, 2018 — Container shipping company NileDutch started a cooperation with the technology company Transmetrics, to streamline its empty container flows and increase efficiency.
  • A glimpse into the future of forwarding – through a cloudy crystal

    Feb 2, 2018 — Freight transportation performance last year turned out to be one of the best in almost a decade, resulting from many factors, including strong business investments, increased consumer confidence, more construction and improved factory output. Freight forwarders saw strong results last year in the ocean, air and trucking sectors, as tightening supply conditions led to strong inventory demand due to restocking of shelves, partially depleted by surging e-commerce growth.
  • Port Houston Sets Record for Container Volume in 2017

    Feb 2, 2018 — Port Houston broke its record for container traffic in a year due to strength in the transportation of steel, wind energy equipment and automobiles, according to the port authority. Longshoremen processed more than 2.46 million industry-standard twenty-foot-equivalent units , or TEUs, in 2017, a 13% increase compared with 2016.
  • China Holds A Tenth Of Europe’s Box Capacity

    Feb 1, 2018 — China now controls one-tenth of European container terminal capacity – a figure that is up more than 9% from the start of the decade. That’s according to statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s International Transport Forum (ITF), which revealed that Chinese container terminals in Europe now constitute about 10% of European volume and exist in 13 European ports.
  • Cargo Thefts Drop as Police, Fleets Fight Back

    Feb 1, 2018 — Cargo thefts fell 36% in the fourth quarter of 2017, a continuation of a steady drop as fleets addressed the issue and states with large cargo hubs devoted more law enforcement manpower to the problem, according to CargoNet.
  • New regulation to import previously owned vehicles into Côte d'Ivoire

    Feb 1, 2018 — On 06 December 2017, the Ivorian Council of Ministers adopted a decree limiting the age of previously owned vehicles imported into Côte d'Ivoire. The age limit for imported previously owned cars is now five (05) years from the date of the vehicle’s first registration.
  • Ocean Carrier Trends: Will global shipping alliances restore stability?

    Feb 1, 2018 — Hedging your bets on securing capacity may be an ongoing gambit this year, say ocean shipping industry experts. The big players have only gotten bigger, but that’s no guarantee that service and reliability will improve.
  • Rand Logistics files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with debt swap deal

    Jan 31, 2018 — Rand Logistics Inc, one of the largest bulk freight shipping providers in the Great Lakes region, filed for Chapter 11 protection on Tuesday after agreeing to a debt-for-equity swap with lender Lightship Capital LLC.
  • Airfreight rates still strong in lead up to Chinese New Year, says Freightos

    Jan 30, 2018 — Airfreight rates from China rose modestly last week, with increases in Chinese export demand ahead of the upcoming shutdown in a little over two weeks for the Chinese New Year. However, freight rates are currently well under levels seen in December, when heavy seasonal demand combined with bad weather to push shipments from Asia to Europe as high as US$7 to $10 per kilogram.
  • Registration now Open for IAM’s DOD European Workshop

    Jan 30, 2018 — The International Association of Movers, working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), will hold a DOD/Industry European Workshop in Mannheim, Germany March 21-22, 2018.
  • Port of Rotterdam reveals expansion plans

    Jan 29, 2018 — Port of Rotterdam will get another 100 hectares of land at Maasvlakte 2 as a distribution park, because of increasing demand for port-related logistics real estate. ‘Distripark Maasvlakte West’ is the only available ‘greenfield’ site for distribution in the Port of Rotterdam.
  • Nigeria: Maritime Workers Threaten to Shut Down Ports Nationwide in Seven Days

    Jan 29, 2018 — The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has threatened to withdraw all its members from the seaports nationwide if the federal government does not carry out emergency fixes on all access roads to ports, especially the Apapa port, by Monday, February 5.
  • Russia-Vietnam rail freight service tested successfully

    Jan 29, 2018 — RZD Logistics and its Vietnamese partner, Ratraco, which is 35%-held by Vietnam Railways (VR), have successfully completed a test intermodal rail freight service between the Vorsino Freight Village, southwest of Moscow, and Hanoi.
  • Intermodal Volume Up 2% in First Quarter, IANA Reports

    May 18, 2017 — The Intermodal Association of North America found that year-over-year international container volume grew 2.9% to 2.14 million units, and domestic traffic increased 1.3% to 1.79 million. “What’s most impressive about the growth rate is that it comes on the heels of a 2% gain in shipments in the [first quarter] of 2016. This suggests that the increase was real growth and not just a bounce back due to weaker comparisons,” the report said.
  • At Time:matters, Technology Drives Growth

    May 18, 2017 — Like pretty much everyone else in logistics, time:matters considers digitalization to be central to its future. “We want to have the platform available in the 300 most important catchment areas in the world,” said Miller. That means setting up shop in cities that host the industries where time:matters has expertise. “We’re doing this by making it as easy to book an emergency logistics service as it is to book a hotel online,” he said. “By digitalizing the chain, we make something that is very complex very easy.”
  • Pasha Hawaii Announces Shipyard for Two New Containerships

    May 17, 2017 — Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii today announced that the company has selected Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, TX, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for the construction of two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels. Pasha Hawaii is in the process of finalizing contract specifications, and delivery of the first vessel is planned for early 2020.
  • 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.
  • China Sparks World Container Traffic Boom

    May 15, 2017 — Preliminary data from Drewry’s Container Trades Statistics (CTS) indicates that world container traffic surged by 10% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017, fuelled mainly by spikes in imports and exports from China. The CTS numbers point to intra-regional trade as the primary driver of growth with volumes up by 17%, versus 7% for deep-sea traffic.
  • 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.
  • U.S. Immigration and Travel Restrictions - IAM President’s Commentary and Update

    Feb 2, 2017 — After last week’s Executive Order by the U.S. on immigration and refugees there has been considerable press coverage in the US national news and overseas. Surprisingly, as of today, IAM has not received a single inquiry or question relative to the matter from one of our members. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t questions; and the closer the Association gets to launching the registration process for our 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo there undoubtedly will be questions and concerns raised that need to be addressed.
  • JK Moving Services Holds Ribbon-Cutting for New Facility

    Jan 19, 2017 — IAM member company JK Moving Services held an open house on Wednesday, January 18, to celebrate the opening of its new 75,000 square foot warehouse facility in Sterling, Virginia.
  • 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.
  • BIMCO: Shipping Industry Faces Choppy Waters

    Jan 3, 2017 — The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the period will see another year of die-hard competition, according to international shipping association BIMCO.
  • Businesses Ask FMC to Address Fees Charged when Port Disruptions Delay Pickup of Cargo Containers

    Dec 7, 2016 — IAM, along with a coalition representing retailers, manufacturers, truckers, transportation intermediaries and other business groups today asked the Federal Maritime Commission to set new policy preventing terminal operators and ocean carriers from charging unfair fees when uncontrollable incidents such as storms and strikes keep cargo from being picked up from ports on time.
  • U.S. Passport Renewal Delays

    Sep 23, 2016 — If your passport is anywhere near you, take a moment and check the expiration date. If that date is anytime during the next 24 months, it might be best to start the renewal process now or soon. Here's why...
  • IAM Visit to SDDC – February 18

    Feb 24, 2016 — On February 18, IAM staff and Board leaders met with SDDC staff at their offices at Scott AFB. Present from SDDC was the full Personal Property Directorate leadership team, Lt. Col. Todd Jensen, SDDC Director of Personal Property, Danny Martinez, Personal Property Business Processes Division Chief, Jill Smith, Chief, Personal Property Systems Integration Division, David Jones and Rose Lindsey.
  • 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.
  • Who should pay extra fees for shipping alcohol?

    Oct 1, 2015 — Should service members pay for extra costs associated with shipping home alcohol from overseas locations as part of their household goods? “In the past, industry had been told that any excess cost over and above the normal customs cost would be payable directly by the military members ... that was the standard for a number of years,” IAM Senior VP Chuck White said. “Now SDDC has questioned that paradigm.”
  • 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.
  • IAM's 52nd Annual Meeting Opens with Fanfare

    Oct 8, 2014 — This year’s conference theme – “Where the World Comes Together” – simply states a fact: IAM’s conference is unparalleled in that it draws together in one place nearly 2,000 attendees, representing 2,400 member companies located in over 170 countries around the world. It is an awesome scene as people from disparate cultures and countries come together seamlessly to participate in membership meetings and education sessions, sit down together in one-on-one meetings, work business deals over a shared lunch in the expo, and visit over 100 exhibitors to learn what is new in technology or packaging or customs brokerage. It is, indeed, a microcosm of the world.
  • NDTA-DC Installs New Board of Directors

    Jul 9, 2014 — At a luncheon held on June 19, the Washington, DC chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA-DC) formally installed its new Board of Directors for 2014/2015. Among those board members present at their swearing in by LTG Ken Wykle, President of NDTA, were Bill Farmen, Jason Trubenbach, Irvin Varkonyi, Earl Boyanton, Craig Hymes, Jon Kaskin, Terry Head, Steve Pimpo, and Bill Wanamaker.
  • IAM Hall of Honor 2014 inductees announced

    Jun 30, 2014 — IAM is proud to announce the selection of two distinguished individuals to be inducted into the IAM Hall of Honor at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Now in its seventh year, the Hall of Honor recognizes individuals who have had a profound influence on the household goods removals Industry and the Association. The 2014 inductees will join 42 other members of the IAM Hall of Honor.
  • 2014 Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarships awarded

    Jun 27, 2014 — The Alan F. Wohlstetter Scholarship Fund Board of Directors is proud to announce that it has awarded ten deserving students with scholarships of $5,000 USD each.
  • Attendees pronounce ILN Regional Meeting a success

    May 23, 2014 — IAM is pleased to report that those attending the first regional meeting of the IAM Logistics Network in Antwerp, Belgium, have pronounced it a success. With an ambitious agenda in hand, the 35 attendees representing 20 member companies spent more than two days immersed in the business of logistics.
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  • 2013 Euromovers Congress - Innovation and Standardization in International Moving

  • 2013 Euromovers Congress - IAM Initiatives to Protect Your Business

  • CMSA 2013 Annual Meeting Presentation - Trends in International Moving