Complete coverage of the latest Material Handling technologies with a focus on plastic and nestable pallet totes and wire and mesh bulk containers.

IMO will take “practical approach” to container weight compliance enforcement

Posted 05/25 · 04:44 PM · LM Editorial
As of July 1, only containers with a verified gross mass will be cleared to be loaded onto a ship under the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) amendment. Shippers hoping that the implementation of the ruling will be delayed or deferred are whistling in the dark, say industry analysts.

OCEMA teams with East & Gulf Coast ports to determine common terminal weighing strategy for VGM

Posted 05/20 · 04:47 PM · LM Editorial
The 19 ocean carrier members of the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (“OCEMA”) have joined with six major East and Gulf coast ports to develop a common streamlined “Terminal Weighing Approach.”

Orphans no more, six ocean cargo carriers form an “Alliance”

Posted 05/13 · 03:26 PM · LM Editorial
Six of the eight “orphan” ocean carriers not included in the proposed OCEAN Alliance or the 2M Alliance have found a home of sorts, coming together to form a new vessel sharing agreement (VSA) referred to as "THE Alliance."

How will ports respond to the SOLAS challenge?

Posted 05/09 · 05:07 PM · LM Editorial
The relative merits of using an operating port rather than a landlord port have come into sharp relief recently as shippers confront the compliance deadline for the amendment to the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention.

Exports surge through Port of Oakland

Posted 05/06 · 12:30 PM · LM Editorial
An export rebound continues to build steam at the Port of Oakland, as it also continues to ease drayage congestion with innovative logistics management strategies.

Shippers welcome latest news from U.S. Coast Guard on SOLAS

Posted 04/29 · 01:25 PM · LM Editorial
Shippers and other ocean cargo carrier stakeholders should be cheering the announcement made today by The U.S. Coast Guard, as it formally notified the International Maritime Organization through a Declaration of Equivalency that the United States position on SOLAS is that there are multiple methods to submit the combined cargo and container weight (Verified Gross Mass or VGM).

OCEMA encourages collaboration to confront VGM compliance

Posted 04/29 · 10:40 AM · LM Editorial
OCEMA says it has placed a priority on working with other stakeholders to find operational solutions that will help U.S. exporters, carriers, and marine terminals prepare for the implementation of the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) rule.

Status Quo for “orphan” ocean cargo carriers

Posted 04/27 · 12:50 PM · LM Editorial
In the wildly unstable ocean cargo carrier arena, it appears that the CKYHE Alliance is going to remain in place…for the time being.

Driver creates app to get truckers out of line at Port of Oakland

Posted 04/26 · 10:18 AM · LM Editorial
Another mobile phone app has been developed to get truckers out of line at the Port of Oakland. The difference this time: it’s the brainchild of a harbor driver.

Containerized shipping turns 60

Posted 04/26 · 10:06 AM · LM Editorial
Clarksons Research is reminding logistics managers that container shipping is 60 years old this week.

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