Ocean Cargo

By Jeff Berman · January 10, 2017
An atypical late in the year holiday season bump was evident, based on data issued this week in the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · December 15, 2016
Total November POLA volume at 877,564 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) posted a new all-time monthly record for the port, topping October’s 814,574 TEU, with November up 23.6 percent on an annual basis. POLB November volumes fell 13.8 percent annually to 534,308 TEU, with port officials citing shifting alliance routes and the Hanjin bankruptcy still impacting volumes.
By Patrick Burnson · December 15, 2016
With THE Alliance Agreement finally approved by U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle explains why he voted to take no further action and allow THE Alliance Agreement to take effect on December 19th.
By Jeff Berman · September 20, 2016
August volumes at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and Port of Long Beach (POLB) were mixed according to data recently issued by the ports.
By Jeff Berman · September 2, 2016
With Korean ocean carrier Hanjin Shipping, the seventh largest ocean liner in the world that handles roughly 7% of U.S.-Asia cargo, filing for bankruptcy earlier this week, what happens next in regards to what happens to the cargo that was moving on Hanjin vessels at that time, as well as its subsequent short-term impact on the global supply chain remains far from clear.
By Patrick Burnson · August 18, 2016
The ambitious goal to end the imposition of container shipping surcharges within five years has been adopted by the GSF at its Annual Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
By Patrick Burnson · August 3, 2016
As carrier consolidation and reconfigured deployment schedules become old news, contrarian views suggest that some unexpected consequences may be on the horizon for logistics managers. A prominent shipper, retail analyst, and international trade specialist advise a measured approach for the future. Ocean freight news, State of Ocean Freight 2016, Ocean Freight News, Ocean Cargo Update 2016
By Patrick Burnson · July 18, 2016
As forecasted in Logistics Management recently, ocean cargo container carriers Hapag-Lloyd AG and United Arab Shipping Company S.A.G. (UASC) have agreed to merge.
By Jeff Berman · July 18, 2016
Total June POLA volume at 676,006 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) was off 6.3 percent annually, and POLB was up 3.4 percent in June at 603,339 TEU.
By Patrick Burnson · June 28, 2016
The 19 ocean carrier members of the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association have joined with six major East and Gulf coast ports agree on use of a common streamlined “Terminal Weighing Approach” to providing verified gross mass at port locations.
By Jeff Berman · June 16, 2016
Total April POLA volume at 770,409 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) saw a 10.88 percent annual increase for the busiest May in the port’s history, topping May 2012, which was the previous high at 732,352 TEU. POLB volumes were up slightly, with a 0.8 percent annual increase at 640,566 TEU.
By Patrick Burnson · June 9, 2016
Port of Oakland spokesmen contend that "a containerized export rally" is underway.
By Jeff Berman · June 7, 2016
Keeping in line with its previous edition, the Port Tracker report issued today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates pointed to slow growth in the summer months for United States-based retail container ports.
By Jeff Berman · June 3, 2016
Analysts cite the "irony" of mega vessels.
By Patrick Burnson · April 29, 2016
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).

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