Lawmaker to propose legislation discouraging purchases of Chinese container cranes

A Florida lawmaker plans to propose legislation aimed at disincentivizing the purchase of Chinese container gantry cranes by port authorities and terminal operators, saying the cranes pose a cyberthreat to U.S. supply chains.

Speaking on Tuesday during a Capitol Hill hearing on maritime cybersecurity, Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez, whose district is south of the Port of Miami, said he is concerned about software embedded in cranes purchased by the port from China that could include malware...

Port of Long Beach sets up rail relief valve in Utah

Sunset on a big container rail yard.

The Port of Long Beach said Wednesday it is implementing a modified inland port project with the state of Utah to convert containers headed to the Mountain West region to rail from truck in an effort to increase turnover and reduce massive backlogs that have impacted business around the country.

Containers will be loaded on Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) trains at on-dock and near-dock rail yards in Long Beach and hauled to UP’s intermodal facility in Salt Lake City. From there, the port will arrange...

Ocean carriers will pass on fines for lingering containers to importers

Rail-mounted gantry cranes cull container stacks at the Port of Long Beach.

Logistics industry professionals say retailers and other cargo owners will ultimately bear the cost of drastic new fees announced Monday by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in response to mounting congestion disrupting the entire U.S. economy. 

The fees ostensibly penalize ocean carriers for not quickly clearing out imported containers piling up in their terminals, but a lack of details in the press release left freight industry stakeholders confused about how the rules will be applied.


Why is reducing emissions in freight so hard?

AskWaves dives into why transportation and freight is such a difficult sector to reduce emissions.

Experts often say greenhouse gas emissions are “hard to abate” in the transportation, freight and supply chain industries. The sector’s heavy reliance on fossil fuels means that substantial investments in infrastructure and technology are necessary to get to net-zero emissions.

Issues that make decarbonizing freight difficult include the:

  • Higher upfront costs for some sustainable solutions, even if the total costs of ownership are lower.
  • Scalability, range, weight and other technological...

Florida’s JAXPORT handles record container volume in 2021

A photograph of two ocean vessels floating on a bay.

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) in Florida handled more than 1.4 million twenty-foot equivalent units in its fiscal year 2021, an all-time record for the port and 10% higher from 2020.

JAXPORT’s 2021 fiscal year ended Sept. 30.

“Achieving a container record and strong vehicle volumes while maintaining our efficiencies — all in the middle of a pandemic — speaks to the resiliency and capability of Jacksonville’s maritime community,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green in a release. “Our port...

UP, BNSF offer incentives to move containers away from LA, Long Beach

A photograph of a Union Pacific train traveling down a rail yard.

Union Pacific and BNSF are taking additional steps to improve the fluidity of goods and products moving inland from the West Coast ports, including offering incentives to ocean carrier customers to move containers out of the ports on the weekends.

UP (NYSE: UNP) announced Monday that it has introduced a pilot program that will offer a $60-per-container refund to ocean carrier customers for each container in-gated on Saturdays and Sundays at the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) in...

Minnesota port ready to handle waterborne international containers

Want to avoid the crowded Southern California ports? Have you considered Minnesota?

Duluth Seaway Port Authority officials have announced that the Clure Public Marine Terminal now can handle steamship-owned international shipping containers transported by vessel, “in an expansion that will augment existing road- and rail-based intermodal container service under the Duluth Cargo Connect banner.” 

The Clure Terminal has been welcoming vessel traffic since it opened in 1958, but over the decades...

Are historically high shipping rates causing consumer price inflation?


Before coronavirus, there was norovirus. Thousands of cruise passengers fell ill each year. “Cruises from hell” blared headlines alongside eye-catching pictures of giant ships. In fact, the vast majority of people sickened by the bug weren’t infected on cruises, but given the media spotlight, norovirus became widely known as the “cruise virus.”

Now we have more eye-catching pictures of giant ships in the news: this time, images of anchored container vessels stretching to the horizon alongside...

City of Long Beach allows logistics companies to stack containers higher

Stacks of containers at a port, with trucks in the background.

The city of Long Beach on Friday issued an emergency order allowing businesses to temporarily increase how high they can stack ocean containers in their lots in an effort to reduce the massive gridlock gripping the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The rule change does not apply to terminals at the Port of Long Beach, which routinely stack containers up to five high. Many media reports over the weekend didn’t make a distinction between the port and inland zone, making it appear the port had...

Exclusive: Congested Port of LA receiving empty containers from Gulf, Southeast

American Shipper is reporting another wrinkle facing the Port of Los Angeles as it tries to clear the massive congestion. Thousands of additional empty containers are en route to the Port of Los Angeles from East Coast and Gulf Coast ports.  

Over the last couple of weeks, up to 2,000 empty containers originating from the ports of Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; New Orleans and Houston were headed to the Port of Los Angeles to be loaded onto vessels. These containers were...

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