Global & Regional News

  • Pirates’ Strategies and Countermeasures in the South China Sea

    Jun 19, 2018 — The South China Sea averages about 150 piracy incidents per year but can see spikes of activity that push it up to 550. Almost 30 percent of worldwide maritime traffic travels through the area. This includes all of the European goods to China, and almost all of the oil from the Persian Gulf to South East Asia.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Receives International Recognition for Hurricane Response

    Jun 19, 2018 — As the 2018 hurricane season opens, the international maritime community recognized the Coast Guard for its efforts last year to restore safe marine navigation in waterways hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
  • Tariffs present different global supply chain situations for shippers

    Jun 18, 2018 — For nearly 18 months, or even longer, there have been steady gains in United States-bound imports from China, with much of it due to the pending, now actual, tariffs, which have been by viewed by many at protectionist measures.
  • Port Kembla Reopens After Bulker Blaze

    Jun 18, 2018 — A fire in the hold of a bulker ship on Monday briefly closed Australia’s Port Kembla, the second-largest coal export port in New South Wales state, stopping shipping for eight hours.
  • Congestion and delays at port of Felixstowe expected to continue

    Jun 15, 2018 — The UK’s major container gateway of Felixstowe is expected to continue experiencing severe congestion after the troubled implementation of a new IT system. An advisory issued by MSC said all carriers calling at the port were still experiencing “significant delays”.
  • Containership Abandoned in Bay of Bengal Due to Major Fire

    Jun 15, 2018 — The Indian Coast Guard has rescued all 22 crew member of a containership following a major fire aboard the vessel while about 50 miles off the coast of India in the Bay of Bengal. The India-flagged SSL Kolkata reported fire just after midnight on Thursday. The fire was reportedly caused by an explosion in one of the shipping containers and later spread to about 60 other containers.
  • US Imposes New Security Measures on Incoming Air Cargo Shipments

    Jun 13, 2018 — U.S. authorities are requiring airlines to give them more notice about certain types of cargo that officials believe may pose a security risk. As of June 12, carriers operating planes with commercial cargo now must send certain information about that cargo to U.S. Customs and Border Protection before loading the plane.
  • Angry Chinese truckers in mass strike as fuel costs overtake haulage fees

    Jun 12, 2018 — Rising fuel prices and strikes have hit China’s truck market. Truckers across the country have staged mass protests and refused to work over the weekend. They claim transport fees are no longer sustainable in the face of rising fuel costs.
  • Australia, Paris MoU Ban Cargo Ships Following Port State Control Detentions

    Jun 12, 2018 — The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has banned the Philippines-flagged cargo ship Thorco Luna after it was detained by port state control inspectors for the third time this year for consistently failing to meet international standards. Separately, the Paris MoU on Monday announced it has banned two ships for a period of three months each after they were detained in Russia and the U.K., respectively.
  • Singapore restricts navigation near Sentosa for Trump - Kim summit

    Jun 11, 2018 — Singapore is imposing restrictions on navigation and prohibited zones next week in the waters around Sentosa Island where the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will be held.
  • Panama Canal Sets New Monthly Tonnage Record (Again)

    Jun 7, 2018 — The Panama Canal set a new monthly tonnage record last month, breaking the previously-held record the third time since the opening of the Expanded Panama two years ago. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP), the autonomous agency of the Panama Government responsible for the management of waterway, said it recorded a new record of 38.1 million tons after facilitating the transit of 1,231 vessels in May 2018.
  • Logistics Hires Grew in May

    Jun 6, 2018 — According to the Wall Street Journal, logistics and freight transport companies added 18,700 jobs in May in order to keep up with demand in the U.S. shipping markets.
  • Philippines secures $173m Korea loan for new Cebu port project

    Jun 6, 2018 — Following Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to South Korea, a $172.6m loan agreement has been signed for the construction of the $199.3m Cebu International Container Port (CICT), local reports cited the Department of Finance (DOF) as saying.
  • Uber Freight Launches ‘Fleet Mode’

    Jun 5, 2018 — Uber Freight has added a “fleet mode” to its mobile app to enable dispatchers at small fleets to find and book loads and assign them to their drivers. With this feature, dispatchers can view all available loads as well as a list of drivers with details on their schedules and availability without needing to exit the app.
  • FMC Demands Details on PierPass Changes at Los Angeles / Long Beach Ports

    Jun 5, 2018 — The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced it has decided to issue a formal Request for Additional Information (RFAI) in response to an amendment filed in April by the parties to the West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Agreement (WCMTOA). The amendment would change the PierPass fee structure and implement appointment systems for truckers serving facilities at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
  • North Europe ports see decent volumes while concerns linger

    Jun 5, 2018 — The report indicated that total container volumes across the six ports increased by 12.1%, or 414,000 TEU from February to March, the most recent month for which data is available, for a total of 3.84 million TEU, which it said would translate into a 4.6% annual increase.
  • Yang Ming Containership Loses 83 Containers in Heavy Seas Off Australia

    Jun 4, 2018 — A Yang Ming containership has lost more than 80 containers overboard while battling heavy swells off the east coast of Australia. The Liberian-flagged ship YM Efficiency was sailing from Tawain to Port Botany near Sydney when the stack of containers collapsed at as the ship was underway off New South Wales’ central coast at around 4 a.m. Friday morning.
  • India relaxes cabotage rules for foreign ships

    Jun 1, 2018 — In a major decision last week, India’s Ministry of Shipping (MoS), relaxed the cabotage law issuing a General Order, under which it is now not required for a foreign flag vessel to obtain a licence under Section 407 of the MSA to carry ex-im containers and empty containers on the Indian coast.
  • How China's Belt And Road Just Got A Big Boost From Europe's TIR Convention

    Jun 1, 2018 — Another step forward for the Silk Road Economic Belt just occurred as China just signed on to the United Nation’s TIR transit system, which enables authorized transporters to export goods through the EU and other member states by road without being subjected to customs inspections or duties en route.
  • Indonesia, India Plan to Develop Strategic Indian Ocean Port

    May 31, 2018 — Indonesia and India pledged on Wednesday to step up defense and maritime cooperation, with plans to develop a strategic Indonesian naval port in the Indian Ocean, the leaders of the two countries said after meeting in Jakarta.
  • U.S. Pacific Command Changes Name in Symbolic Nod to India

    May 31, 2018 — The U.S. military on Wednesday renamed its Pacific Command the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, in a largely symbolic move underscoring the growing importance of India to the Pentagon, U.S. officials said.
  • America has a massive truck driver shortage. Here’s why few want an $80,000 job.

    May 29, 2018 — About 51,000 more drivers are needed to meet the demand from companies such as Amazon and Walmart that are shipping more goods across the country, according to the American Trucking Associations. The driver shortage is already leading to delayed deliveries and higher prices for goods that Americans buy. The ATA predicts that it's likely to get worse in the coming years.
  • Will Hong Kong do the necessary to revamp its maritime industry?

    May 29, 2018 — With characteristic candour and acute business acumen, Hong Kong’s latest efforts to revamp and revive its maritime industry actually look like they have a good chance of succeeding. However whether they work or not will depend on another key characteristic of the city – its democratic political process.
  • After deal with U.A.E., Delta to re-launch U.S. flights to Mumbai

    May 25, 2018 — Delta Airlines released plans to re-launch its nonstop routes between the United States and Mumbai, following a gap period in which the carrier withdrew its flights to the region, when Delta says it was “forced to exit the market after subsidized state-owned airlines made service economically unviable.”
  • Trump White House Seeking Public Comment on Which Maritime Regulations to Remove

    May 24, 2018 — The White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is seeking public input on how the federal government can reduce the regulatory burdens imposed on the maritime sector as part of the Trump Administration’s broad plan to deregulate American industries.
  • US Army flows fresh tanks, troops into Europe

    May 24, 2018 — All told, 3,300 troops of the 1st Armored Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, will bring 2,500 pieces of equipment across the Atlantic Ocean. The formation will relieve the 2nd Armored Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division, which will return to Fort Riley, Kansas.
  • House Appropriators Keep Meal-and-Rest-Break Provision in Transportation Bill

    May 24, 2018 — A provision aimed at ensuring uniformity nationwide for meal-and-rest-break laws for truck drivers will stay in a House funding bill after surviving a Democratic-led effort to remove it May 23.
  • New Port of Rotterdam app cuts waiting time by 20%, reduces CO2 emissions

    May 24, 2018 — The port said in a press release that the application enables more effective utilisation of capacity at its terminals, as well as the precise planning and coordination of a range of vessel services, including bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning. In addition, Pronto directly contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the port, it added.
  • Dwindling Merchant Marine fleet crimps U.S. ability to wage war

    May 17, 2018 — The once-mighty U.S. Merchant Marine fleet has nearly collapsed under the weight of high labor costs, zigzagging federal policies and intense competition from abroad, damaging America's position as the only country in the world able to supply and sustain a long-distance war.
  • Cargo hit by customs delays as Brazil officials stage new walk-out

    May 17, 2018 — More strikes have hit Brazilian customs offices – the National Union of Fiscal Auditors began a 30-day walk out on Monday. Day-to-day operations across all customs offices in the country will be affected by the dispute, but the union says “essential” services will continue to be provided.
  • Trucking market acceleration still heading up

    May 17, 2018 — A large majority of freight transportation and logistics industry stakeholders, including shippers, motor carriers, 3PLs, brokers, and others, continue to marvel at the overall state of market conditions, especially in the trucking sector.
  • Ukraine plans two major projects in Black Sea ports this year

    May 7, 2018 — Ukraine plans to launch two major projects in Black Sea ports this year, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) said Friday, citing the country’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan. One of the projects envisages the construction of a container terminal in the port of Chornomorsk, while another project stipulates for the modernization of the port of Yuzhny, the USPA said in a statement.
  • Brexit expected to increase supply chain complexity

    May 4, 2018 — The UK's withdrawal from the European Union is likely to increase supply chain complexity, according to speakers at the Multimodal exhibition and conference. During a session on Brexit, Peter MacSwiney, chairman of Agency Sector Management (ASM) and co-chair of the Joint Customs Consultative Committee (JCCC) Brexit sub group said that politicians hoped that technology would be able to offset any new supply chain complexity caused by the exit from the EU.
  • Port of Montreal project set to expand rail infrastructure

    May 4, 2018 — The Canadian government will invest CA$18.4 million to improve rail infrastructure at the Port of Montreal, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced last week. The intermodal project will "optimize" the port's rail network capacity, particularly in the port's interchange zone.
  • What the Denham amendment means for the trucking industry

    May 2, 2018 — The Denham-Cuellar-Costa Amendment has garnered mixed reaction from the trucking industry. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) believes the amendment will help streamline interstate commerce by federalizing hours-of-service rules, but the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) believes the amendment will rob truck drivers of needed rest breaks and rightful pay.
  • Singapore to set up up maritime cybersecurity centre

    Apr 26, 2018 — Speaking at a Maritime Cyber Security Seminar in Singapore Tuesday, Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore chairman Niam Chiang Meng pledged the authority's continued support towards awareness building and capability development to help the industry boost its cyber resilience.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.