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Ocean Shipping

By Patrick Burnson · January 24, 2018
The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement announced that it would dissolve next month.
By Jeff Berman · January 15, 2018
December shipments––at 965,917––were up 3.8% annually and down 2.0 percent compared to November’s 979,797. The busiest month of 2017 was August, which came in at 1,068,521 for an all-time record. December also marked the 17th time in the last 18 months that shipments were up.
By LM Staff · December 13, 2017
Total November POLA volume came in at 924,225 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units), which set a new record for monthly volumes in the port’s 110-year history, topping November 2016’s 877,564 TEU, and were up 5.3% annually. POLB November volume was up 14.7% annually at 612,659 TEU, with the first 11 months of 2017 coming in at 6,847,589 for a 10% annual gain. In calendar year 2016, POLB handled 6,775,171 TEU.
By Patrick Burnson · November 27, 2017
William P. Doyle has announced that he is stepping down from his post at the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission after serving under two very different Presidents.
By Jeff Berman · November 14, 2017
October shipments rose 3.2% annually to 1,016,892, which was ahead of September’s 976,605, while the annual spread in October was down compared to September’s 4.9%. Panjiva said this represents the eighth consecutive month of growth and 15 of the last 16 months.
By Patrick Burnson · November 10, 2017
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) took an important step in its regulatory reform efforts this week when it voted to advance a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that simplifies and streamlines its Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Service Arrangements (NSA) and Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRA) rules and procedures.
By Jeff Berman · November 9, 2017
Following two straight months of record-breaking imports at United States-based retail container ports in July and August, things slowed down a tad in September, with ample inventory levels in place for the holiday shopping season, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · October 25, 2017
Concerns over a lack of adequate staffing of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at United States ports was raised as a chief concern at a nomination hearing for CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin L. McAleenan held by the Senate Finance Committee this week. This concern stems from a combination of significant growth in trade volumes and container traffic, coupled with no increase in CBP staffing levels, according to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).
By Patrick Burnson · October 20, 2017
The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2017 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) were presented before some 700 maritime industry leaders to Andre Grikitis, Operating Chairman, Intermarine LLC; Captain Thomas Merrell, President, General Dynamics American Overseas Marine (AMSEA) and James Miller, Chairman, Board of Directors, Philly Shipyard ASA.
By Patrick Burnson · October 18, 2017
San Francisco-based BSR has announced that its Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) has released its Global Maritime Trade Lane Emissions Factors report. This contains data provided by more than 3,200 ships from 22 of the world’s leading ocean container carriers representing 87 percent of the global ocean container shipping industry by volume.
By Jeff Berman · October 10, 2017
For August, the most recent month in which data is available, United States-based retail container ports covered in the report handled 1.8 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units). This now stands as the highest-volume import month recorded since the NRF started tracking imports in 2000 and tops the previous record set one month earlier in July of 1.78 million TEU.
By Patrick Burnson · September 25, 2017
The hiring of the port’s new maritime marketing director, Brendan O’Meara, will advance cargo operations in San Francisco.
By Patrick Burnson · September 16, 2017
Mollie Bailey, Director, International, LCB, at Transplace, provides SCMR readers with insights and advice on how to leverage the new ocean cargo carrier scenario in this exclusive interview.
By Jeff Berman · September 15, 2017
Earlier this week, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) said it signed off on an amendment to THE Alliance Agreement that, in a sense, ensures each member of THE Alliance has each other’s back in the form of a contingency fund that FMC said “can be used to help member carriers manage through, and recover from, the insolvency or financial distresses of a participating line.”
By Patrick Burnson · September 12, 2017
The collapse of Hanjin in 2016 fueled speculation that new players might be emboldened to enter the “Top Tier” and begin competing for market share. By attacking targeted trade lanes left by the void of services, some carriers are finally finding a way to make money, too.

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