Ocean Shipping

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 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.
By Jeff Berman · September 8, 2017
Records are made to be broken for many different things, and in the case of United States-bound retail container volumes, records are being set in recent months, according to the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued this week by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Patrick Burnson · September 5, 2017
Matson Navigation has signed contracts with Paceco Corporation for the purchase of three new 65 long-ton capacity cranes and modifications to upgrade three existing cranes at its Sand Island Terminal in Honolulu Harbor.
By Patrick Burnson · August 24, 2017
More than 1,600 neo-Panamax1 ships have passed through the expanded Panama Canal since its opening on June 26, 2016.
By Patrick Burnson · August 22, 2017
TOTE recently announced its intention to establish a new domestic shipping service to Hawai’i. The company is working with Philly Shipyard to construct four new environmentally advanced containerships, custom built for the trade.
By Jeff Berman · August 11, 2017
Keeping in line with recent sentiment, the most recent edition of the Port Tracker report issued by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates is calling for United States-bound retail container volumes to hit an all-time high in August.

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