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The legacy of APL on its parent, according to Drewry

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on April 1, 2014

Was a long-term curse unleashed on US container lines when Malcolm McLean loaded those first boxes all those years ago? The superstitious might be prone to believe so, judging by an analysis by Drewry of the lasting effects of APL’s absorption into NOL.

Horizon Lines shows the creakiness in That Act

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on March 30, 2014

One of the three top dogs in intra-US container shipping, Horizon, continues to lose money, although at a slower rate than last year. For the full year to the end of December, 2013 the Jones Act carrier brought in just over $1 billion in operating…

That Act again

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on March 27, 2014

The Jones Act has come in for renewed cheerleading from federal politicians. Two congressmen, one from California and one from Louisiana, say in a Washington newspaper opinion article that there is a “renaissance” in domestic shipbuilding, (and…

Consolidate, not locate

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on March 27, 2014

With the Federal Maritime Commission letting the P3 Alliance sail on the trans-Pacific route, albeit under close scrutiny, a US-based consultancy is reinforcing the view that liner grouping plus consolidation is the way of the future. Alix Partners…

A look at shipping from a different perspective

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on February 28, 2014

Liner shipping is just another form of transportation for some people, but its woes need to be put in perspective. An intriguing comparison of liner shipping’s future and problems with aviation and rail has been made by an international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright.

Expense accusations at Long Beach are largely false

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on February 26, 2014

All the accusations over Port of Long Beach commissioners racking up wasteful foreign travel expenses have come to very little. An investigation and audit by no less than five officials in the City Auditor’s Office of foreign trips has found…

The industry gets fractious over Long Beach and California

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on January 31, 2014

At Long Beach’s annual State of the Port meeting this month, cheerleaders were talking up the growing volume of traffic and reckoning that more good news is on the way. A counter balance was given this week when John McLaurin, president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association…

Time to place your bets on your preferred Waterway

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on January 31, 2014

As 2014 gets into gear, the debate and rivalry over Suez and Panama is heating up. At this month’s meeting of the American Association of Port Authorities in Tampa, Maersk’s Dean Rodin confirmed that the P3 service will send one service through Panama and three through Suez.

Oakland faces the future

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on January 29, 2014

Oakland, the neglected, sad sister of California is getting a thorough going over from new Executive Director Chris Lytle. The situation right now is a case of two mega terminals good, four or more old cranes bad. While everyone is touting the logistics prospects of the former Army Base…

Optimism over container traffic is the spark of light in the US

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on January 28, 2014

California is getting gooey over the volume of container traffic this year. A personal, quick assessment of what various people are saying comes up with about 3 percent for the overall volume of containers. Two of the most authoritative forecasts…

Some New Year's relief from California's anti-pollution Big Brother

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 31, 2013

Some Happy New Year sentiments from the California Air Resources Board. For once, the bureaucrats and desk occupiers are actually listening to the industry. The shorepower at-berth regulations are allowing some leeway (“good faith” in CARB terms)…

The new normal for the Jones Act -- big profits?

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 30, 2013

There’s been a new twist to the Jones Act, sending another signal that it’s time for change. Money crunchers are making a huge profit from the artificial market in the domestic oil trade. ExxonMobil has chartered the Overseas Cascade at $110…

MarAd and AAPA team up to improve port infrastructure

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 23, 2013

The American Association of Port Authorities is teaming up with MarAd to set up a “toolkit” to help ports find the best ways to bring investment into infrastructure, from public and/or private coffers. All well and good. The trouble is that…

LA and Long Beach have little cheer this Christmas

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 22, 2013

Just as has been feared, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are now governed by political appointees, city council favorites and no one who has a technical maritime background. Dynamic is hardly the word to describe the commissioners. The…

UNCTAD (PART II) World consolidation continues

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 12, 2013

The UNCTAD review shows just how much the industry and the maritime world have changed over the last five years. The industry trend of consolidation and trimming excess fat shows up in unexpected corners. The average number of shipping companies…

UNCTAD review gives the US a look at the rest of the world (Part 1)

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 11, 2013

A United Nations technical department, the Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has published its annual Review of maritime Transport, which gives a good opportunity for the US industry to extend its horizon and look at the world perspective.

What's sauce for the goose ...

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on November 29, 2013

It was chuckles all round in the executive suites of Maersk, CMA and MSC this week. The cause was the assertion , “the P3 agreement represents an attempt by three of the largest carriers in the industry to dictate the market place,” from none…

Jones Act comes in for some serious economic questioning

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on November 27, 2013

Emotion and national pride are clashing with economic reality as federal politicians seek to relax the tight restrictions of the Jones Act. In the latest such move a bill (S. 1197) has been proposed to allow non-Jones Act vessels to work for or supply the Navy.

Long Beach plays the politics tune

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on November 27, 2013

And the band plays on. But this time there are two bands, both playing the same tune. Long Beach city is matching its (slightly) bigger neighbor and booting out anyone who is not a favorite of the mayor. In one go the president of the harbor commission…

The power play starts at Los Angeles

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on November 26, 2013

When a minor cog in a political machine starts asking whether jobs will be lost at a port because of the drive for greater efficiency, you know there are real problems ahead. That in essence is the situation facing Los Angeles following the…