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The Journal of Commerce is the industry’s source for maritime news and analysis about ocean container shipping, logistics, supply chains, global shipping ports, shipping technology solutions and end-to-end connectivity. Coverage tracks the movement of containerized cargo — from origin to destination — handled by marine terminals in the US and abroad, depots, container ports, container lines, drayage, consignees and shippers, forwarders, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and off-dock warehousing providers, as well as pricing, capacity, volume and reliability on the trans-Pacific, Asia-Europe, North America-Caribbean, Central and South American and intra-Asia trades.

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Rise of private chassis fleets forces IEPs, railroads to rethink operations

Tue, 05/28/2024 - 14:22
The issue of whose chassis to use to haul a container remains unclear as more truckers opt to use their own, but ocean carriers and pools also look to supply the market.

Energy efficiency, new fuels only route to 2030 targets: engine maker MAN

Tue, 05/28/2024 - 09:24
The IMO will introduce shipping’s new fuel standard in 2027 aimed at accelerating the industry’s decarbonization, but carriers need to work on improving fuel consumption now or risk missing short-term emissions goals.

Methanol bunkering at scale a step closer after Singapore refueling

Tue, 05/28/2024 - 09:05
The ability to refuel a ship while loading cargo in port is key to the successful deployment of alternative fuels for ocean carriers at bunkering hubs.

Port of Oakland approves Everport lease change to spur terminal modernization

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 11:06
The move by the port’s Board of Commissioners opens the door to the modernization of the Everport-operated Ben E. Nutter Terminal so the 90-acre facility can accommodate post-Panamax ships and potentially expand.

Rate volatility clouds carrier contract negotiations on Indian trades

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 08:45
One reason for the hesitation of shippers to sign deals is believed to be the decline of spot rates amid the demand downturn on the trade, and there is an expectation that dynamic will continue to hold.

North American Port Rankings: Mexico volume growth highlights nearshoring momentum

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 08:00
Three Mexican ports rose in the Journal of Commerce’s 2023 rankings, with the moves driven by volume growth coming from Asia inputs amid a nearshoring push in the US.

Port Rankings: Mexico port growth highlights nearshoring momentum

Fri, 05/24/2024 - 08:00
Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas rose in the rankings of the busiest North American ports as measured laden volumes, as carrier

Prince Rupert export infrastructure project secures Canadian government loan

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 13:45
The Port of Prince Rupert is receiving a C$150 million loan to help finance the development of an export logistics hub at which agricultural and forestry products will be transloaded into marine containers for export.

Heavy-haul sector urged to participate in creation of multimodal freight network map

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 09:57
The US DOT’s latest iteration of a national multimodal freight network map presents an opportunity to pinpoint vital routes and address concerns specific to out-of-gauge and heavy-haul road transport.

‘Crunch time’ for regulators as shipping seeks clarity on net-zero ambitions

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 09:02
The scale of the investment required by companies across the maritime value chain in the transition from fossil fuels to green energy will need to be underpinned by clear global regulations, according to shipping executives.

Rail, truck container dwells in LA-LB slide as early peak season approaches

Thu, 05/23/2024 - 08:00
While the lower dwells are promising, some trucking and logistics executives say terminal operators in Los Angeles and Long Beach have not yet fully adjusted to the rise in import volumes, especially considering projections for an early start to peak shipping season.

Carriers AAL, BBC expand MPV, heavy-lift fleets with new orders, deliveries

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 13:21
The moves come as the project cargo market is set to continue its growth trajectory, supported by key sectors such as oil and gas and mining.

Container shipping entering a ‘precarious balancing act’: analyst

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 12:38
The current market situation – amid the Red Sea crisis, growing port congestion and a sudden rise in demand -- is similar to the early parts of the pandemic, where insufficient capacity led to the largest rate increases the industry has ever seen, writes Lars Jensen.

Strong demand, port congestion pushes intra-Asia rates to 30-month highs

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 10:05
Carriers and forwarders say intra-Asia volumes are growing as long-haul ocean carriers redeploy vessels and omit calls on regional trades to bolster mainline east-west services.

Cosco joins ONE's India-USEC string amid weakening rates from overcapacity

Wed, 05/22/2024 - 08:44
The Chinese liner has reached a deal to acquire slot space on the WIN vessels, which local forwarder sources said began with the San Diego Bridge due to have arrived in Nhava Sheva Port on May 19.

SC Ports resumes most operations, but recovery just beginning

Tue, 05/21/2024 - 16:28
Truckers working the Charleston market say it could take a week or longer to cut through the backlog of containers that didn’t move while terminal gates were shut for the better part of two days.

Flexport hit with second FMC billing complaint this month

Tue, 05/21/2024 - 14:42
A legal battle over unpaid detention and demurrage bills between the forwarder and importer Giti Tire has now moved to US maritime regulators.

Carrier Zim swings back to Q1 profit on volume, pricing strength

Tue, 05/21/2024 - 14:01
The carrier credits new chartered capacity and container equipment investments for allowing it to handle the higher-than-expected volume growth this year as Red Sea diversions challenge industry bandwidth.

Annual contract talks offer up new twist in carrier-forwarder relationships

Tue, 05/21/2024 - 12:05
In the recently completed annual negotiating round, trans-Pacific carriers slashed, or in some cases eliminated, the access of forwarders to fixed-rate bookings for accounts whose identity they disclose.

Shippers fight for allocations as early peak season hits Asia-Europe

Tue, 05/21/2024 - 10:49
The peak season typically runs from June to September, but unseasonally strong demand is placing capacity under mounting pressure and driving up rate levels on the trade lane.

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