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Brazil truckers block road, in support of minimum freight rates

[caption caption="Over the weekend, drivers protested at Alemoa, in front of the main road access to the port of Santos, and closed the main highway between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for six hours, backing up truck traffic more than two kilometers (1.25 miles). (Above: Ar Brazil truckers protest...

Virginia port says more truck appointment slots available

[caption caption="One VPA change is to more closely monitor user compliance. While A VPA official acknowledged there are reasons why an appointment might be occasionally missed or cancelled, a recurring pattern won’t be tolerated. (Above: Virginia International Gateway.) Photo credit: Port of Virginia."][/caption]The Port of Virginia said truckers will have...

New low-sulfur fuel clauses clarify time charters

[caption caption="Both clauses are designed to be \"simple and practical\" and ease the global fleet"][/caption]The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) has published two new bunker clauses to be incorporated into time charter parties. Both are designed to be "simple and practical" and ease the global fleet's Jan. 1, 2020...

Less ‘flashy’ logistics tech holds most immediate payback

[caption caption="Echo is one of a cadre of Chicago-based logistics companies founded in the 2000s that grew rapidly to become billion-dollar enterprises, largely through judicious application of technology. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Logistics technology these days generates more buzzwords than a Christmas tree has light bulbs — blockchain, artificial intelligence, visibility, machine...

Hansa Heavy Lift files for bankruptcy

[caption caption="Founded in 2011, Hansa Heavy Lift, was the successor to Bremen-based Beluga Shipping. Photo credit: Hansa Heavy Lift."][/caption]Hamburg-based multipurpose and heavy-lift carrier Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL) has reportedly filed for bankruptcy - a decision made by Oaktree Capital Management, Hansa's owner, headquartered in Los Angeles, California. HHL employees were informed Monday,...

CMA CGM ships first locally-booked India smart container

   [caption caption="Above: Workers attending to a CMA CGM smart container in India. Photo credit: CMA CGM India."][/caption]CMA CGM has logged its first “smart container” — cargo shipped with the Traxens digital tracking solution – for an Indian customer, as ocean carriers and other supply chain stakeholders in the emerging market economy increasingly...

Asia-Europe volume rebounds as contract talks begin

[caption caption="The 2M Alliance of Maersk Line and MSC has reinstated its mega-ship operating AE2/Swan service on the Asia-Europe trade, which is likely to keep rates under pressure despite an increase in volume. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Carriers focused on higher bunker costs and the impending low-sulfur fuel regulations will be welcoming...

Shipper forecasts to US truckers key to meeting 2019 budgets

[caption caption="Amid likely, continued, tight US truck capacity in 2019, shipper/company preparation can pay-off, regarding keeping transportation costs within a budget. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]While US truckload shippers won’t likely feel the same price and capacity pressure in 2019 as this did this year, providing forecasts to operators is still key...

FMC takes middle ground on detention-demurrage

[caption caption="Commissioner Rebecca Dye delivering remarks Friday at the Federal Maritime Commission meeting. Photo credit: Ari Ashe."][/caption]The Federal Maritime Commission wants to form an innovation team to address the concerns of cargo owners about detention and demurrage, but a final report stopped short of any regulatory action. The task force...

Project to allow dual mega-ships at Baltimore advances

[caption caption="The addition of a second mega-ship-ready berth would enhance the Port of Baltimore's ability to compete with other East Coast ports. Photo credit: Maersk Line."][/caption]The Port of Baltimore will begin dredging to 50 feet the second berth at its only container terminal – enabling it to handle two mega-ships...

US regulators reject ELD pleas, put focus on trucker hours

[caption caption="The FMCSA Friday published 10 decisions rejecting petitions for ELD exemptions. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]US regulators may be willing to revise truck driver hours of service (HOS) rules, they may be willing to give truck drivers some flexibility in how they use electronic logging devices (ELDs), but they’re not surrendering much...

Confirmed container bookings offer BCO peace of mind

[caption caption="Certain subsets of customers want web-based procurement and booking tools. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Two ocean carriers have in the last month unveiled initiatives designed to give shippers peace of mind when it comes to directly linking a booking to a specific sailing, a potentially disruptive service move designed to create...

APM Terminals Mumbai notches shortest dwell times at JNPT

 [caption caption="Above: APM Terminals Mumbai's Gateway Terminals India at JNPT. Photo credit: APM Terminals Mumbai."][/caption]APM Terminals-operated Gateway Terminals India (GTI) — which represents the majority of container volume handled at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) — continues to enjoy the upper hand regarding terminal productivity, a performance that’s critical to sustained growth amid ever-intensifying...

As tariff impact unfolds, inventories bear watching

[caption caption="Reports from individual US retailers reveal that some did bring goods in earlier than usual but not just because of tariffs. Photo credit: Echo Global Logistics."][/caption]Those seeking a US freight barometer for 2019 should look to inventories and whether they’re rising. “I’ve heard of companies that traditionally carry six...

EU scrutiny of Asia container shipping subsidies builds

[caption caption="The WTO subsidies agreement has rules over specific types of subsidies that can be legally provided to a specific industry. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The consolidating container shipping industry is coming under ever greater scrutiny as European regulators study complaints by shipping groups about state subsidies offered to Asian carriers and...

CN eyes Halifax terminal stake to deepen reach

 [caption caption="Canadian National Railway. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Canadian National Railway is looking to acquire a stake in the largest of two terminals at the port of Halifax, a move positioned to make the railroad more competitive in serving Canadian shippers and US auto and agriculture shippers.“As part of our action-oriented approach to...

Market share-hunting HMM hints at 2M renewal talks

   [caption caption="An HMM ship at sea. Photo credit: HMM."][/caption]HMM has not ruled out trying to renew its partnership with the 2M Alliance as the loss-making ocean carrier struggles to convince both its peers and the market that its market share-chasing strategy is sound.The carrier recently announced a $147 million net...

Multimillion funding gap blocks Baltimore from double-stack rail

[caption caption="The ability to bring double-stack trains to and from the marine terminal is considered vital to the port’s growth because it would give shippers better access to the Midwest, making Baltimore more competitive with the ports of New York and New Jersey and Virginia, supporters say. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]The...

Volgo-Baltic delivers huge project cargo to Siberia refinery

[caption caption="The project cargo, including large columns (above), is part of an ongoing modernization project at Omsk refinery in western Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Volgo-Baltic Logistic."][/caption]Russian project logistics provider Volgo-Baltic Logistic, a subsidiary of North-Western Shipping Company, has completed the transport of heavy equipment bound for a key Gazprom Neft...

Adani Ennore Terminal gains ground with Maersk call

[caption caption="Adani Ennore Container Terminal (AECT) features a 400-meter (1,312-foot) quay, four rail-mounted quay cranes, 12 rubber-tire gantry cranes, and an 800,000-TEU annual capacity. Photo credit: Adani Group."][/caption]After a prolonged sluggish period, caused by tariff complications, the privately operated Adani Ennore Container Terminal (AECT) is slowly gaining ground owing to a new...