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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

West Coast News

Brandy D. Christian, President & CEO at the Port of New Orleans, is featured in the September/October edition of MLP.

Maritime Logistics Professional - September/October Edition

The September/October 2017 edition of Maritime Logistics Professional is now available. The Port of New Orleans: Brandy D. Christian is at the helm steering investment and development at one of the fastest growing – and most important – ports in the United States. Regulatory Watch: Hong Kong follows U.S. U.S. Read more here.

Mediterranean Shipping General Rate Increase

Mediterranean Shipping Company announced a General Rate Increase that will affect westbound freight moving from the USA to Asia effective January 1, 2010.

Hamburg Süd Restructures Several Services

Responding to changing market conditions and subject to approval by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), as from February 2012, Hamburg Süd will restructure its services from North Europe and Mediterranean to Central and South America West Coast as well as to North America West Coast. The new configuration allows for an extensive service scope with connections to the worldwide Hamburg Süd network and likewise delivers significant cost efficiency – with no capacity increase in the market.

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CMA CGM Services to Asia and Mexico, Central America & WCSA

In a continued effort to provide our customers with reliable and efficient services from Asia to Latin America, CMA CGM wishes to inform about the improvement of ACSA services linking Asia to Mexico, Central America and West Coast South America. Port coverage will increase and will be improved with: Pusan EB call, Balboa EB and Coronel on ACSA 2. CMA CGM will keep providing the most efficient services to link Asia to West Coast Latin America and Caribbean: 4 unique direct services from Asia to Mexico…

Map: Maersk

Maersk Announces New South Pacific Express

Maersk Line is launching a new ‘South Pacific Express’ service between Oceania and the West Coast of South America. "We are pleased to launch our new weekly ‘South Pacific Express’ service between Oceania and the West Coast of South America. Starting from July 2016, Australian and Kiwi exporters can enjoy all the benefits of a market exclusive gateway to a number of strategic ports in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico," says a statement from the company. With unmatched transit times…

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CaroTrans Assures Seamless Transport on US West Coast

CaroTrans, a leading global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, today announces their U.S. West Coast port readiness program to address potential supply chain disruptions. Congestion and current labor issues are impacting the flow of cargo at U.S. West Coast ports and there is the likelihood of further instability. To address this infrastructure challenge, CaroTrans has developed alternative routing solutions to lessen the impact on supply chains and reduce variable transit costs such as detention and demurrage.

Kurt Nagle (Photo courtesy: AAPA)

AAPA Welcomes Tentative Chassis Agreement

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)  welcomed news that negotiators for the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have reached a tentative agreement on chassis maintenance and repair, a key issue in concluding a new waterfront contract at West Coast ports. Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO, representing the unified and collective voice of the seaport industry in the Americas, said the association has been working hard to advocate for a quick, fair and equitable settlement of a West Coast port labor contract.

Photo: Port of Oakland

Work Suspended for Day at Port of Oakland

All marine terminal work was suspended for the day on Thursday at the port of Oakland, California, as the dockworkers union and shippers continued talks aimed at settling a labor dispute that has disrupted cargo traffic along the West Coast waterfront for months. Union and port officials said the local chapter of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union chose to hold its monthly so-called "stop work" membership meeting during the day on Thursday, rather than at night when such sessions have traditionally been held in the past.

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De Nora BWTS Concludes USCG Testing

De Nora announced that it has completed shipboard testing for its BALPURE ballast water treatment system (BWTS), and intends to make  its submission for United States Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval by the end of 2017. The shipboard testing of  De Nora BALPURE was conducted on a US-flagged Aframax tanker operating in the west coast of the United States in the regulated waters of California and Alaska. The tanker is in normal trading and has been ballasting and deballasting with BALPURE system on a regular basis.

Jon Slangerup (Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach)

Port of Long Beach CEO Endorses Mediation Move

Federal mediators announced last night that they will assist in West Coast port contract talks, following a joint request from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the private terminal operators, the Pacific Maritime Association. Jon Slangerup, Port of Long Beach Chief Executive, addressed the announcement by issuing the following statement: “We congratulate the ILWU and PMA for both agreeing to mediation.

Senator James E. Risch

ICTSI Efforts to Labor Slowdowns

The Preventing Labor Union Slowdowns Act of 2015 (PLUS Act) was introduced last Thursday in the United States Senate to help prevent the type of maritime labor slowdowns at the Port of Portland and 28 other West Coast ports that disrupted domestic and international trade and nearly brought the U.S. economy to a standstill earlier this year. The PLUS Act, which was introduced by Idaho Senator James Risch, was the result of efforts by ICTSI Oregon, Inc., the terminal operating company for the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6…

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MacAndrews Revamps Portuguese Service

European multimodal transport provider MacAndrews & Company said it has optimized its established Portuguese services by offering a restructured service schedule, which now includes a new call in Algeciras, a second Dunkirk call and a weekly Figueira Da Foz call. The revised service provides a wider range of opportunities for customers looking to ship from the Iberian Peninsula to Northern Europe and beyond. The decision to initiate a new port of call at the South of Spain via Algeciras on the Portuguese service was to widen MacAndrews geographic reach.

Jonathon Gold VP Supply Chain and Customs Policy

Imports Back to Normal After Ratification

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports has returned to normal levels following ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Despite some lingering labor issues, the volume of cargo and the rate of growth have both largely settled down,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. The Pacific…

GL Noble Denton Expands MCI Practice

GL Noble Denton Launches Marine Casualty Investigation Operations in Seattle. GL Noble Denton has expanded its Marine Casualty Investigation (MCI) practice in North America by launching operations in Seattle, a primary hub for marine insurance. The new base will allow the company's team of experienced surveyors to meet the growing demand for marine casualty investigations off the West Coast of the US and Canada. Activity in the cruise and offshore energy industries is rapidly developing in the region and GL Noble Denton's local presence will allow them to respond quickly to meet client needs.

Photo courtesy the Containerization & Intermodal Institute

McEllrath & McKenna Honored with Connie Award

James McKenna, President and CEO of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), and Robert McEllrath, President of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), were presented with Connie Awards by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) at the first ever Connie dinner held on the West Coast. “The West Coast industry leaders have long requested that CII bring the prestigious Connie Awards to the region,” said Brendan McCahill, CII Chairman. Dr. Geraldine Knatz, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, and James Spinosa, former ILWU president, introduced Mr. McEllrath.

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CMA CGM Rolls Out Asia-West Coast South America Offer

CMA CGM has  announced the launch of the new service offer between Asia and West Coast South America, the most comprehensive offer on the market between these two strategic areas. - 4 direct weekly services between Asia and West Coast South America and the Caribbean (NEW ACSA1, NEW ACSA2, NEW ACSA3 et PEX2). - The largest port coverage in Asia, in South America and the Caribbean with 29 ports called. - The best transit times on the market between Asia and West Coast South America.

Unified Command, West Coast of Florida

In response to the possibility of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill affecting the West Coast of Florida, representatives from BP, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are meeting to plan a multi-agency response. Working together, the agencies have reviewed the area contingency plan and ensured all partners have access to, and are familiar with the plan. In meetings over the last couple days, the Coast Guard and Florida DEP have spoken with trustees from various national and state wildlife refuge areas…

CMA CGM: Refrigerated Cargo Costs Raised

As costs of bunker fuel, logistics and M&R continue to rise to record levels and to close the gap between breakeven and market rates, CMA CGM has decided to file a Rate Restoration Initiative (RRI) for reefer containers from the United States to Asia, effective October 1st, 2012.

Frank Capo

Capo Named SVP at Maher Terminals

Maher Terminals LLC, a multiuser container terminal operator in North America, announced the appointment of Frank Capo as Senior Vice President-Commercial. Capo's overall responsibility for Maher will be to drive and formulate Maher's commercial and customer service strategy, and will report to Gary Cross, President/CEO. Capo began his career at Maher in 1990 as a superintendent. He continued on to ACL (Atlantic Container Line), then Inchcape Shipping Services where his position as Senior Vice President and North America Operating Officer took him to the Midwest and the West Coast.

Wrist Seals Record Deal

Wrist Ship Supply, part of the Wrist Group, announced the acquisition of World Ship Supply, West Coast Ship Supply, East Coast Ship Supply and Karlo Corporation – collectively known as One Source North America - the largest ship supply organization in North America. The move represents the largest deal in the Wrist Group’s corporate history, and provides the organization with a major footprint into the U.S. and Canadian markets. The acquisition marks Wrist Ship Supply’s fifth deal in the past 12 months, and continues Wrist Group’s strategy of controlled global expansion.

Navigation Warning – Tsunami Debris on N. Pacific Routes

This advisory will be published on the MARAD web site at www.marad.dot.gov. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred march 11, 2011 off the east coast of Honshu, Japan resulted in a debris field in the North Pacific Ocean. Some possible marine debris types include derelict vessels, fishing nets and floats, lumber, cargo containers, and household goods. because different debris types move with currents and winds differently, the debris may be dispersed over a very broad area between Japan and the west coast of North America.

Image: Maersk Line A/S

Maersk Line Starts New Direct Service from West Coast South America to Japan

Maersk Line has announced a new direct service with short transit time from West Coast South America to Japan for dry and reefer cargo. In our continuous efforts to provide our customers with a competitive and fast connection from West Coast South America to Japan, we will now offer a new short transit time service from San Antonio and San Vicente in Chile to Yokohama, Japan for both dry and reefer cargo. This service will also offer improved service time from Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru.

Photo: Hamburg Sud

Maersk Gains Approval for Hamburg Sud Takeover

World No. 1 shipping company Maersk Line gained EU antitrust approval on Monday for its acquisition of Hamburg Sud (HSDG) after agreeing to pull the German company out from five consortia on trade routes to address competition concerns. The bid by Maersk, part of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk , underscores the wave of mergers in an industry struggling with over-capacity and slowing global trade. Hamburg Sud will withdraw from the consortia on trade routes connecting northern Europe to central America…

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US West Coast Not Ready for Mega Boxships

CMA CGM is testing the ability of the U.S. West Coast ports to handle the biggest containerships – are they ready? U.S. West Coast ports are not yet in a position to handle 18,000 teu containerships regularly and have much work to do in terms of improving productivity if they are to see them call on anything other than an ad-hoc basis. The 18,000-teu CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin will become the largest containership to call at any U.S. port when it arrives at the port of Los Angeles on 26 December.

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CMA CGM, Hamburg Sud Launch Americas Service

French container shipping company CMA CGM announced the launch of its new service between the west coast of the United States, Central America and South America, to be operated in collaboration with the German shipping company Hamburg Sud. Starting May 24, CMA CGM will offer a weekly service with coverage to/from the west coast of the United States, Central America and South America, enabling the agri-food industry in Central and South America to export to North American markets.

The states shown in dark red are included in the term West Coast or Pacific Coast

USA West Coast Congestion Status

Vessel production across the West Coast remains lower than normal. Vessels have been forced to anchor due to slow vessel turn times in the ports. Backlog of anchored vessels continues to grow in Seattle/Tacoma, Oakland and Los Angeles/Long Beach. Customers and truckers are urged to watch terminal notices on export receiving windows as they are changing due to vessel delays. As of Monday January 5, 2015, both parties have agreed to utilize the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in continuing negotiations.