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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…

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…

Fracking could be the new future for some ports

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on April 28, 2013

Northwest and as the door on a coal terminal closes, another opens for hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Gray’s Harbor, normally associated with autos and breakbulk, is eyeing a huge bonanza in the form of crude-by-rail. The stuff will probably come from the fields…

Civil engineers update their report card on ports

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

In what is essentially an update of a 2012 report, The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded a C grade to the nation’s seaports and their efforts to keep up with essential maintenance and improvement. Much of the report I covered in…

Long Beach stands toe-to-toe with its bigger neighbor

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on June 28, 2012

A dramatic shift in financial bulk is taking place at the two main Southern Californian ports over the next 18 months. For the first time, Long Beach will be looking its neighbor, Los Angeles, in the eye. The two ports are standing virtually…

End of the voyage for FastShip?

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on March 28, 2012

FastShip has been an idea whose time has never come. In September, 2010 I reported that the ultra high-speed service to Europe was still waiting at the dockside for more money to get going. Matters were made worse by congress wanting to shift…