Global & Regional News

  • China’s Ningbo-Zhoushan port sees record container throughput

    Dec 13, 2018 — Annual container throughput has hit a record-high of 25 million standard containers at Ningbo-Zhoushan Port in east China’s Zhejiang Province, the port’s operator said. As of November, the port’s annual cargo throughput had exceeded 1 billion tonnes, up 7.4 percent year on year, according to Zhejiang Seaport Group, the operator.
  • FMC to standardise container detention and demurrage across the US

    Dec 10, 2018 — US shipping regulatory body the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is to introduce revised rules covering container detention and demurrage practices across the country after commissioner Rebecca Dye released the results of an eight-month investigation into how carrier and container terminal apply the charges.
  • How China Is Reviving The Silk Road By Buying Ports In The Mediterranean

    Dec 7, 2018 — China is about to bring the Silk Road back to life, investing billions of dollars to improve trade relationships. Beijing is building its way to European markets by constructing a network of infrastructures that will grant the transfer of Chinese goods worldwide through the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • Americans Are Moving Less Than Ever

    Dec 4, 2018 — According to recently released data from the U.S. Census, only 10.1% of adults moved homes from August 2017 to August 2018. This is the lowest rate of moving since the government began collected data in 1948.
  • Truck driver shortage crisis now spreading across the whole of Europe

    Dec 3, 2018 — European road transport firms are racing toward a driver shortage crisis of 150,000 unfilled jobs, according to research from Transport Intelligence. A report released last week shows that in just six countries – the UK, Germany, France, Denmark Sweden and Norway – the shortage adds up to 127,500.
  • Visiting Three Ports, Ferry Successfully Completes Fully Autonomous Test in Norway

    Nov 30, 2018 — Finnish technology group Wärtsilä says it has successfully tested the fully autonomous operation of a ferry on a route in Norway in what is believed to be the first ever attempt at fully automated dock-to-dock operation for a vessel of this size.
  • China: Update on cargo manifest regulation

    Nov 28, 2018 — China Customs is now strictly enforcing the new cargo manifest regulation – in force since 01 June. This regulation now applies, not only to imports, but also to all exports (air and sea).
  • Landmark Call to Thailand Port as Largest Ever Container Ship to Visit the Country Takes on Freight

    Nov 27, 2018 — A landmark was reached at the weekend when the ONE Columba called at Laem Chabang Port, making it at 145,647 gross tonnes the largest ever container ship to berth anywhere in the country. The vessel is 364 metres and with a carrying capacity of 14,053 TEUs.
  • India: Port and dock workers to join strike on Jan 8-9

    Nov 27, 2018 — The Water Transport Workers Federation of India has decided to join hands with other sister federations in the port sector to oppose the move to bring the Major Port Authorities Bill 2016 in the winter session of Parliament. It was also decided to participate in the two-day nationwide strike to be held on January 8 and 9 at the call of 10 central trade unions.
  • Brexit: UK to retain leadership in Maritime Services, vows Minister

    Nov 19, 2018 — Whatever the outcome of Brexit negotiations, the UK intends to remain “the undisputed leading global hub for Maritime Services,” Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani told attendees at the Maritime London/IMIF annual dinner on Monday evening.
  • Revitalised Panama Canal Eyes Expansion of Port and Logistics Capacity

    Nov 15, 2018 — Following a strong year in terms of growth in vessel transits, the Panama Canal Authority is once more turning its attention to building port capacity as well as new zones for increased logistics activity. Authority administrator and chief executive Jorge Quijano said that, while vessel transits were its primary business barometer, ports activity had become increasingly important to the country as a whole.
  • 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.
  • 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.