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.



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...


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...


Η έκκληση της FMC στις εταιρείες τακτικών γραμμών

Η Αμερικανική Ομοσπονδιακή Ναυτιλιακή Επιτροπή (FMC), σύμφωνα με ανακοίνωση που εξέδωσε, καλεί επισήμως τους μεγαλύτερους θαλάσσιους μεταφορείς στην αγορά των τακτικών γραμμών να υιοθετήσουν μια σειρά καλών πρακτικών, που σχετίζονται με την επιβολή επιβαρύνσεων καθυστέρησης (detention charges) και επισταλιών (demurrages). Στόχος είναι να υπάρχει σαφήνεια και βεβαιότητα αναφορικά με τον τρόπο και τον χρόνο (συνθήκες) επιβολής αυτών των τελών, αλλά και με τον τρόπο προσβολής των αμφισβητούμενων...


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...


Επένδυση της ZIM σε επτά second-hand πλοία

H ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. ανακοίνωσε πρόσφατα ότι, εντός του Οκτωβρίου, αγόρασε επτά μεταχειρισμένα containerships σε ξεχωριστές συναλλαγές. Πρόκειται για πέντε πλοία μεταφορικής ικανότητας 4.250 TEUs και δύο μεταφορικής ικανότητας 1.100 TEUs, για τα οποία η ΖΙΜ κατέβαλε το ποσό των $325 εκατ.

Ο Eli Glickman, πρόεδρος και CEO της εταιρείας, τόνισε: «Από την είσοδό μας στις δημόσιες αγορές, στόχος μας ήταν να διαθέσουμε κεφάλαια για να ενισχύσουμε τις εμπορικές μας προοπτικές και να...


Το χάος της λιμενικής συμφόρησης και οι πονοκέφαλοι ενόψει Χριστουγέννων

Οι σημαντικές διαταραχές στις εφοδιαστικές αλυσίδες πονοκεφαλιάζουν τις εταιρείες λιανικής πώλησης για τις παραδόσεις των προϊόντων τους ενόψει Χριστουγέννων. Η λιμενική συμφόρηση επεκτείνεται στις ΗΠΑ και πλέον σε τμήματα του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου, με αποτέλεσμα να δυσχεραίνεται η διακίνηση εμπορευμάτων. Σύμφωνα με τελευταία ανάλυση της Charlotte Cook, Head Trade Analyst της VesselsValue, η κατάσταση σε σημαντικά κινεζικά λιμάνια εμπορευματοκιβωτίων είναι κάπως καλύτερη, καθώς ο αριθμός των...


Import boom side effect: More container-ship accidents in Pacific

container shipping

The more stuff people buy, the more ships ply the Pacific Ocean loaded to the brim with containers. Combine rough weather, the occasional human error and way more chances to get it wrong, and you inevitably get more accidents at sea.  

A record number of containers fell overboard from ships into the Pacific last winter, coinciding with the import surge. A leading theory on this month’s oil spill off Southern California is that a container ship dragged its anchor over a pipeline during a severe...


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