FreightWaves Classics: Port of Mobile is a key Gulf Coast port

An aerial view of the Port of Mobile. (Photo: Alabama State Port Authority)

The ports of the United States are our nation’s windows to the rest of the world. Imports and exports flow through them daily, helping maintain the world’s largest economy. 

A key Gulf Coast port is located in Mobile, Alabama. It is one of the top 20 U.S. ports by volume. Located along the Mobile River where it empties into Mobile Bay, the Port of Mobile has  deepwater terminals with direct access to 1,500 miles of inland and intracoastal waterways. These waterways serve the Great Lakes, the...

FreightWaves Classics: Port of Philadelphia has served region for 300+ years

The Port of Philadelphia. (Photo: PhilaPort)

Like several major U.S. ports on the nation’s East Coast, Philadelphia has been a center of international commerce for over 300 years. 

Today, the Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort) has a leading position in several areas of trade. These include the importation of “perishable cargoes from South America, high-quality paper products from Scandinavia, and premium meat from Australia and New Zealand.”

Early history

William Penn was the founder of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is...

Ever Given containers finally being offloaded at Port of Rotterdam

Despite the early-morning hour, 5:15 a.m. Thursday in the Netherlands, the Ever Given “arrived amid great interest,” according to a Port of Rotterdam statement. 

Normally a container ship’s arrival in port does not warrant a press release. But the case of the Ever Given, which will be forever infamous for getting stuck in the Suez Canal, is anything but normal and prompted Port of Rotterdam officials to post a brief statement and two photos of the Ever Given’s arrival Thursday.  

The statement...

FreightWaves Classics: Port of Jacksonville is building for the future

A containership is berthed at the Port of Jacksonville, (Photo: JAXPORT)

Compared to most ports in the United States – particularly the ports along the Eastern Seaboard – the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) is a relatively new entity. It was created by a special act of the Florida Legislature in 1963 to develop, maintain and market Jacksonville’s port facilities.

However, the port area itself is hundreds of years old. In 1565 English sailors traded guns and ammunition to the French from Fort Caroline for food and a boat. This is considered the first...

FreightWaves Classics: Mack Trucks continues its industry leadership

In a recent FreightWaves Classics article the history of White Motor Company was profiled. Today, the history of Mack Trucks is featured. Much of the information in this article came from the Mack Trucks website; FreightWaves Classics thanks Mack Trucks and the Mack Trucks Historical Museum. The museum is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and it is the authority regarding the history of Mack Trucks. The museum has restored antiques and records of every truck the company has ever built. It is...

FreightWaves Classics: Panama Canal serves shipping and commerce for more than 100 years

An aerial view of the Panama Canal. (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

As most people are aware, the Suez Canal was blocked earlier this year for six days (March 23-29). According to the Suez Canal Authority, which maintains and operates the waterway, the canal has closed five times since it opened for navigation in 1869. Interestingly, the Panama Canal has never been blocked, and has only been closed for a day. That occurred in 1989, when U.S. military forces staged an assault in Panama to depose the country’s leader, Manuel Noriega.

A shortcut to the Orient


FreightWaves Classics: Aviation begins; air cargo follows quickly (Part 2)

Yesterday’s FreightWaves article was FreightWaves Classics: Aviation begins; air cargo follows quickly (Part 1). In Part 2, the article continues with the post-World War II era.

Post-World War II

The International Air Traffic Association was founded in 1919, the year of the world’s first international scheduled air service. Its successor was founded even before World War II ended. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) was formed by 57 airlines at a conference held in Havana on April...

FedEx unit invests $100 million in Indian logistics firm Delhivery

A white FedEx cargo jet with blue tail climbing through a bright blue sky.

FedEx Express, the air and international unit of FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX), said Friday that it has made a $100 million equity investment in Indian transport and logistics firm Delhivery, and that the FedEx unit’s Indian operation will operate an integrated air-ground service with Delhivery in the country’s domestic and international markets.

Under the agreement, described by FedEx in a statement as “long-term” in duration, FedEx Express will offer international services to and from India....

Wise Systems, Mitsubishi Fuso partner to offer aftermarket routing solutions

Much like conditions in the U.S., Japan is experiencing capacity tightening while undergoing an e-commerce boom. 

Studies have found over the past five years, e-commerce sales in Japan have an expected compound annual growth rate of 7.5% until 2024, due to increased mobile phone adoption and consumer confidence in online shopping. Combine this with an aging labor force, and the country expects to be short 240,000 drivers to complete deliveries of these goods.

To optimize available capacity and...

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