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Utilities veteran to helm Port of Montreal

[caption caption="Longshoremen and port employers still need to agree to a new contract before the truce that ended the series of strikes expires in March 2021. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Martin Imbleau, a veteran utilities executive, will start the new year as president and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority as the...

Solid US on-time parcel delivery rates to falter: analyst

[caption caption="Last-mile carriers are managing capacity as retailers spread out promotions to ensure on-time deliveries. Photo credit: Greg K__ca / Shutterstock.com."][/caption]On-time delivery rates for small parcels are close to 100 percent as the US holiday season begins, but one- to two-day delays will be common throughout the holiday period, according...

Truckers struggle to return empty containers at NY-NJ port

[caption caption="NY-NJ port officials are looking at ways to ease the burden, which comes as trucking demand surges thanks to accelerating container volumes into the second largest US gateway. Photo credit: JOC."][/caption]Truckers serving the Port of New York and New Jersey say difficulties in returning empty containers to ocean carriers...

Yang Ming to offer online container quoting via BlueX

[caption caption="More than half of the top 12 global container lines now have direct quoting capability from their websites, a marked change from when JOC.com examined this trend in mid-2018 and found only two lines could quote digitally. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Yang Ming has become the latest container line to offer...

Freight marketplace integrates rate benchmarking, payment services

[caption caption="Freight management systems and rate marketplaces are increasingly becoming vehicles for ancillary services like insurance, payment and benchmarking. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The online ocean and air freight marketplace Shipz has partnered with three adjacent technology providers to allow its forwarder and shipper users to get direct access to rate benchmarking,...

Heavy demand drives up cargo rollovers at hub ports

[caption caption="Singapore, the world’s busiest transshipment hub, saw its transit cargo rollover ratio reach 31.1 percent in October, according to Ocean Insights. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Cargo rollovers increased through October as sustained demand on the trans-Pacific and Asia–Europe trades maxed out ocean capacity, with carriers struggling to get empty containers back...

Platform helping customs target risky cargo attracts $7 million

[caption caption="Shippers have become disillusioned with trusted trader programs because they don"][/caption]A technology startup that is aiming to build a more effective version of trusted trader programs like the United States’ Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) by allowing customs authorities to better target risky shipments and shippers has snagged a...

Giving thanks to seafarers

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has shown all of us what a challenge it is to isolate from family, friends, and co-workers. That isolation has become more acute as we head into the holiday season when most of us will break with our holiday traditions and be separated from friends...

EU to spend nearly $1 trillion on offshore wind

[caption caption="An offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea between Germany and Sweden. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Europe's offshore wind energy generation capacity will reach a gargantuan 300 gigawatts (GW) by 2050, up 25 times from today's 12 offshore gigawatts, the European Commission announced on Thursday. It will cost approximately 800 billion...

H1 retail restocking hinges on holiday sales, unemployment benefits

[caption caption="While US retail inventories began rebounding in September, they were still down 6 percent through the first nine months of the year, according to data from the US Census Bureau. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Whether a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will curb this holiday shopping season and unemployment benefits...

Shipping industry still has to convince IMO on decarbonization fund

[caption caption="The IMO will resume discussion next year on an industry proposal to create a $5 billion research and development fund to develop zero-carbon technologies. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A group representing the major container lines has some convincing to do in order to gain the International Maritime Organization's (IMO's) support of...

Container line profits soar as service plunges

[caption caption="Carriers are reporting market strength continuing into the fourth quarter, and this out-of-season development virtually guarantees a good year in 2020. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The robust profits container lines reported in the third quarter, the best in a decade, stand in stark contrast to dismal service levels and worsening container...

FMC to investigate carriers’ role in port congestion

[caption caption="The FMC says it has a clear and compelling responsibility to investigate carrier practices that contribute to port-related congestion in the supply chain. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is launching a formal investigation into ocean carriers’ operational issues and practices that the commission believes are contributing...

Strong Q3 demand drives up CMA CGM profitability

[caption caption="The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé, the world's largest LNG-powered container ship with a 23,000 TEU capacity, takes on bunkers for the first time at Rotterdam earlier this month. Photo credit: Rogier Bos, CMA CGM."][/caption]The carrier joins its peers in posting highly positive third-quarter results, with the container shipping industry...

New York trucking, ferry pioneer Arthur Imperatore dies

[caption caption="At A-P-A Transport, Arthur Imperatore (here photographed in 2018) helped define LTL trucking in the regulatory era. Photo credit: SJ Consulting Group."][/caption]Arthur Imperatore, founder of trucking company A-P-A Transport and the NY Waterway commuter ferry company, died Wednesday at 95. Imperatore was one of the last surviving entrepreneurs from...

Carriers levy congestion surcharges on Chinese reefer imports

[caption caption="CMA CGM said its $1,250 surcharge will apply to worldwide reefer shipments to Tianjin, including from the US. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Carriers, including CMA CGM and Mediterranean Shipping Co., are imposing congestion surcharges on reefer cargoes into Tianjin’s Xingang port in northern China due to tougher customs inspections on frozen...

Port Tampa Bay attracts US-Mexico service

[caption caption="Zim"][/caption]Zim Integrated Shipping Services in mid-December will revive a weekly shuttle service between Port Tampa Bay and Mexico, providing shippers a new way to avoid sporadic congestion and longer transit times via land ports of entry on the border. The 1,118 TEU Contship Key will provide a three-day transit between...

Investors back Loadsmart’s digital multimodal strategy

[caption caption="Loadsmart has focused its capital on engineering and building multimodal capability since its founding in 2014. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Digital freight broker Loadsmart on Friday landed a $90 million funding round, another sign the travails of 2020 have been a catalyst, rather than a hindrance, for broader investment from venture...

Container shortages, vessel delays stymie US agricultural exporters

[caption caption="Vessels are arriving up to a week late in Oakland because they are delayed at their previous calls in Los Angeles-Long Beach. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Agricultural exporters in California say their ability to serve overseas customers is being threatened due to equipment shortages and delayed vessel sailings as carriers adjust...

FMC says it has authority to hear trucking group’s chassis complaint

[caption caption="The core issue revolves around so-called merchant haulage contracts between ocean carriers and beneficial cargo owners (BCOs). Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) on Thursday said it has authority to weigh the largest trucking association's complaint regarding chassis, dealing a blow to container lines that had argued...