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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…

Long Beach ties itself in knots

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

Two issues are needlessly consuming Long Beach’s board of harbor commissioners. A new head office and executive director search are pushing other more important matters out of the way. The head office squabble is taking on ludicrous proportions.

Experts emphasize the basics of success for ports

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

Two recent workshops on West Coast operations have reinforced the basic principles of port strategy. At the Trade and Transportation Center, Cal. State, Long Beach, the message came through from terminal operators that reliability on the dockside is essential.

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…

San Diego gets it ...

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

As US ports slide further down the world scale of economic efficiency, confronting rising costs and stricter regulations, executives are realizing that sole reliance on pure maritime business is a slow route to oblivion. The largely forgotten port of San Diego is a prime example.

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…

Seattle Shipyard Takeover is a Pointer for 2011

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on December 30, 2010

Speculation on the forthcoming year has become remarkably sparse in the last couple of years because of the tumultuous events in liner shipping and uncertainty over the international economic situation. But a year-end port-related takeover is…

Politicians Squawk over Pacific Antitrust Immunity

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on June 17, 2010

The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, the carriers' carrier, is like a bus. Never there when you need one and then three press releases come along at the same time. Right now is just the moment for a news bulletin to be issued, to give another angle to the thorny topic of antitrust immunity.

Magic Pipe Murkiness Surfaces Again

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on May 6, 2010

Masters of foreign carriers have lost a couple of their worry lines following a "not guilty" verdict in Houston for the master of the Georgios M. He was nabbed under the "magic pipe" law, but the jury disbelieved the crewmembers who claimed to have seen the master use the pipe.