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Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Scott Merritt, former Chief Operating Officer for Foss Maritime Company, LLC, was elected Chairman of AWO.

AWO Elects Foss Maritime's Merritt as Chair

The members of the American Waterways Operators, the national tugboat, towboat and barge industry association, elected a new slate of leaders earlier this month during the association's annual Spring Convention held in Washington, D.C. Scott Merritt, former Chief Operating Officer for Foss Maritime Company, LLC, was elected Chairman. Arthur F. Mead, Vice President and General Counsel at Crowley Maritime Corporation, was elected Vice Chairman. Mr. Merritt succeeds outgoing Chairman Tom Marian…

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Container Terminal Operators Forms Hong Kong Seaport Alliance

Hongkong International Terminals Limited, Modern Terminals Limited, COSCO-HIT Terminals (Hong Kong) Limited, and Asia Container Terminals Limited jointly announced the formation of the Hong Kong Seaport Alliance (The Seaport Alliance).The joint operating agreement designed to deliver more efficient service offerings to carriers that call Hong Kong, while enhancing the overall competitiveness of the Port of Hong Kong across the region.The Seaport Alliance will offer a total of…

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Fairview Terminal Reaches 1 Million TEU Milestone

The British Columbia’s Port of Prince Rupert and DP World have marked a historic milestone as Fairview Container Terminal handled its millionth container (TEU) for the first time in a calendar year.The 40-foot TEU was loaded with dimensional lumber in Prince George before being shipped to Prince Rupert by train and loaded onto the COSCO Africa container ship to be sent to market.“DP World is proud to have achieved the million TEU milestone,” said Maksim Mihic, General Manager DP World (Canada) Inc.

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NWSA Import Volumes Rise in May 2018

May imports at the Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma reached their highest level since 2010 this year.At 131,067 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), import volumes were 0.7 percent above last May's total.Export volumes of 114,227 TEUs marked a 11.2 percent decrease from the prior year, but were still above the five-year average.At 245,294 TEUs, the total international container volumes decreased 5.2 percent over the year, with the May 2017 volumes having been inflated during the launch of the new carrier alliances.

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Data Integration is Powering the Future of Shipping

Seamless real-time flow of 100 percent accurate data provides organizations the ability to analyze and optimize all their supply chain processes. Data is at the heart of today’s business processes and operations. Exploiting the insights derived from the data holds unparalleled opportunities for the global ocean shipping industry to overcome its significant inefficiencies. One firm, Youredi helps industry stakeholders to digitalize and automate processes with modern cloud-based integrations.

Brandy Christian - President & CEO, Port of New Orleans

Interview: Brandy Christian - President & CEO, Port of New Orleans

Brandy D. Christian serves as the President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, a public agency that manages more than $60 million in revenues, nearly 300 employees and $200 million in capital projects. Christian is one of 11 female port directors in North America and the first female CEO in the Port of New Orleans’ 120-year history. She brings a global perspective and experience building high performance teams in complex organizations to the role, and emphasizes strategic focus, collaborative partnerships and bold action.

Willima P. Doyle, U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner

FMC's Doyle to Exit Commission in January, 2018

Today, the Office of Commissioner William P. Doyle of the U.S. “Last week, I notified The President of the United States Donald J. Trump of my intention to leave the Federal Maritime Commission effective January 3, 2017. It has been an honor and a privilege to continue serving in the Trump Administration. I thank President Barack Obama for nominating and appointing me twice as a Commissioner. “I am proud to have worked alongside my fellow Commissioners and with such a dedicated and hardworking Commission staff.

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Full Ahead: New Generation of Carrier Alliances

Full ahead: new generation of carrier alliances and slot/vessel sharing arrangements; SM’s (Bullet) Line; FWE for Hanjin. On April 1, 2017, the new generation of carrier alliances became reality. In the run up to April 1 there was a flurry of activity with ocean carriers entering into arrangements with other carriers in competing alliances and with other carriers not signatory to any of the alliances. The 2M Alliance is an existing alliance made up of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

Tom Allegretti (Photo: AWO)

AWO Testifies on Carrier Alliance, Tug Negotiations

AWO testifies before Congress on dangers of foreign carrier alliances negotiating collectively with U.S. Tom Allegretti, President & CEO of The American Waterways Operators, testified before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on the dangers posed by the Federal Maritime Commission's (FMC) decision to allow foreign carrier alliances to collectively negotiate with U.S. tugboat operators. Allegretti also emphasized AWO's view that such agreements violate both the letter and congressional intent of the Shipping Act…

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Consolidation Not Enough to Save Box Shippers -Study

The outlook for global container carriers remains rocky at the outset of 2017, according to a new study by AlixPartners. Hanjin Shipping Co.’s bankruptcy in 2016 sent shock waves through the industry, while Brexit and the new U.S. administration’s policies threaten to inject further uncertainty into the future of global trade. These stances could reverse policies that have supported the growth of containerization since the 1950s. Going into the important pricing season, companies need to do everything they can to retain the higher rates recently seen.

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Port of Long Beach Trade Dipped in 2016

Slowed by industry headwinds and challenges that included major customer Hanjin declaring bankruptcy, the Port of Long Beach said it moved almost 6.8 million containers in 2016, its fifth best year ever. Overall cargo declined 5.8 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, as the Port was impacted by new ocean carrier alliances and the August bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping, a South Korean company and former majority stakeholder at the 381-acre Pier T container terminal — Long Beach’s largest.

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Happy Holidays from Hanjin

Barry Parker dissects one the most disruptive events ever to impact the intermodal supply chain. There is more pain to come, lessons to be learned – and corrections applied. The Hanjin Shipping debacle, brewing over time and seeing a full blown eruption in late August, is still ongoing. The company voluntarily opted to enter ‘receivership,’ followed by a Chapter 15 bankruptcy filing in the States, shortly after the initial bombshell. The move provided a template for Hanjin vessels to dock, and cargo to be discharged.

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CMA CGM - COSCO Mega Alliance to Shake-up the Industry?

Paris-based consultancy, Alphaliner, reports “a new mega alliance appears to be in the making,” as French container shipping major CMA CGM and its Chinese counterpart China COSCO lead efforts to set up a new carrier partnership. (Marine Link has reported about this last week. The duo is also seeking to also rope-in Evergreen and OOCL in a plan that could potentially split up three of today’s four main East-West alliances. The movement that will radically alter the current liner shipping landscape and leave the eight remaining carriers of the Ocean Three, CKYHE and G6 alliances in the lurch.

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Long Beach, LA Collaborate to Improve Cargo Flow

Executives from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles held a kickoff meeting earlier this week to begin working together to focus on cargo conveyance strategies that will enhance velocity and efficiency throughout their gateway’s supply chain. In their first meeting under the formal discussion agreement recently approved by the Federal Maritime Commission, ranking staff of the two San Pedro Bay ports — the busiest seaport complex in the United States — agreed that the primary goal of the collaboration is to get cargo moving more efficiently.

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Long Beach, Los Angeles ports host forum to gather input

More than 100 cargo owners, trucking firm leaders, longshore labor, marine terminals and other goods movement industry representatives turned out Wednesday for a joint meeting hosted by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to gather input, insights and solutions focused on improving the performance of the supply chain. “We are looking at not just improving this gateway,” said Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup. “This is an effort to look at the entire supply chain – end to end.

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Drewry: Cosco, CSCL Merger to Shake up Container Shipping

Industry analyst Drewry believes that the proosed merger between Chinese state-owned companies, Cosco and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), could cause a domino effect on existing carrier alliances and further carrier mergers in Asia damaging to industry competition. China is said to be planning to merge is two container shipping majors China Cosco and CSCL within efforts to consolidate state owned enterprises. Although merger talks between the world’s fourth and eighth largest container carriers are unlikely, Drewry expects that both will have to take radical remedial action this year.

Out bound containers at Port of  Los Angeles

Angeles Box Throughput up 3.8%

August 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 3.8 percent compared to the same period last year. The Port handled a total of 786,677 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in August 2015. It was the strongest August performance since 2006, when 790,726 TEUs moved through the port complex. Current and historical data is available here. “The numbers are strong indicators that our terminal operators, longshore labor and supply chain partners are adjusting to the new industry dynamics of carrier alliances…

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Long Beach Exports Up, Overall Volumes Down

August exports surged 14.8 percent through the Port of Long Beach compared to the same month in 2015, but lower imports drove overall volumes down, the port reported. Harbor terminals moved 641,029 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) in August, an 8.9 percent year-over-year decrease. Of those, 321,625 TEU were import containers, which were down 10.2 percent. Exports numbered 159,247 TEU. Empties accounted for 160,157 containers, 22.5 percent fewer than August 2015. That month set an all-time record for Port of Long Beach cargo.

Kurz & Widdows Receive AOTOS Award

The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2009 40th Annual Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to Donald Kurz, President and CEO of Keystone Shipping Co., headquartered in Philadelphia, and to Ronald Widdows, Group President and CEO of NOL (Neptune Orient Lines) of Singapore, parent company of American President Lines (APL). A Special AOTOS Award will also be presented to the United States Coast Guard. The maritime industry's most prestigious honors will be awarded at a gala industry dinner and dance to be held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers…

Doyle with Mass. Maritime Academy cadets (Photo: FMC)

The Logistics of Regulating the Supply Chain

FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle defines the mission, machinations and many triumphs of the Federal Maritime Commission. It would not be a stretch to say that the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is perhaps the least understood, possibly the most obscure, and at the very same time, one of the most important federal agencies on the commercial waterfront today. The independent federal agency is responsible for regulating the U.S. international ocean transportation system for the benefit of U.S. exporters, importers, and the U.S. consumer.

Commissioner William P. Doyle: Photo credit FMC

FMC Commissioner Comments on Key Shipping Issues at LA Forum

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner Doyle spoke to the Global Shippers Forum in Los Angeles and discussed Ro/Ro price fixing matters; the newly approved cooperation agreement between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma; the first PVO company to take advantage of the alternative bonding mechanisms; China VAT; Commission's 6 (g) Analysis, and the Suez/Panama Canal routes. This past week the Commission unanimously voted to effectively allow the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma to move forward on a cooperative agreement to exchange information and work together to find synergies.

Photo caption (from left to right): Ronald Widdows, Group President and CEO of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) of Singapore, parent company of American President Lines (APL); Admiral Thad W. Allen, Commandant, United States Coast Guard; Donald Kurz, President and CEO of Keystone Shipping Company

Kurz, Widdows, USCG 2009 AOTOS Recipients

The United Seamen’s Service (USS) 2009 40th Annual Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) were presented to Donald Kurz, President and CEO of Keystone Shipping Co., headquartered in Philadelphia, and to Ronald Widdows, Group President and CEO of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) of Singapore, parent company of American President Lines (APL). A Special AOTOS Award was also presented to The United States Coast Guard. The maritime industry’s most prestigious honors were awarded at a gala industry dinner and dance held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, New York City, on November 13, 2009.

William P. Doyle, FMC Commissioner

Regulatory Profile: William P. Doyle, Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission

If the Federal Maritime Commission remains somewhat of an enigma to domestic maritime stakeholders, perhaps that’s because its scope of oversight reaches many sectors of maritime business; some more obscure than others. In February, we caught up with FMC commissioner William P. Doyle, who provided the perfect primer on this important agency. What does it take to become a Federal Maritime Commissioner? Doyle was sworn in on January 10, 2013 as Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission.

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Capacity Culls Insufficient to Reverse Rate Slump: Alphaliner

The idle containership fleet has reached its highest level in five years, with over 1 Mteu of vessel capacity currently unemployed. Carriers are removing capacity on most main tradelanes in response to weak market demand, with the Asia to Europe route witnessing some of the most drastic cuts. Of the 21 strings operated by the four main carrier alliances in the Far East to North Europe trade, two have been withdrawn by the ‘Ocean 3’ and 2M partnerships. The G6 and CKYHE meanwhile…