Mullen Group pushes through Q3 with help from feds

A tractor-trailer of Mullen Group carrier Payne Transportation. Mullen reported Q3 financial results.

Canadian trucking and logistics company Mullen Group (TSE:MTL) reported a nearly 28% increase in profits in its third-quarter financial results on Wednesday as government wage subsidies offset the continued drag from COVID-19, which pushed down revenue by over 10%. 

Alberta-based Mullen had net income of C$26.2 million, or 26 cents per share, on C$290.9 million revenue. Net income increased by 27.8% while revenue dropped 10.6% compared a year earlier. 

The increase in profits appears to have come...

FMC grants temporary tariff publication relief to CMA CGM


The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted on Tuesday to grant the temporary relief from certain service contract and tariff filing requirements requested by French ocean container carrier CMA CGM.

The carrier sought relief from commission regulations earlier this month as part of its efforts to respond to a crippling cyberattack on its computer system in late September.

The commissioners granted the request for exemption from relevant service contract filing requirements and relevant...

World Shipping Council stays in step with Shipping Act

World Shipping Council

The World Shipping Council (WSC) has filed an agreement with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to ensure that its continued container shipping advocacy work complies with the 1984 Shipping Act.

WSC submitted the six-page agreement to the agency on Oct. 1. Without objection from the commission, it will become effective Nov. 15.

Since its formation in 2000, the Washington-based WSC has interfaced with governments and advocated positions in regard to laws, policies, rules and regulations of...

Container return date upheaval by the numbers

ocean container schedules

U.S. agriculture and forest product exporters are counting the ways and dollars it costs them when ocean carriers without warning change the dates for container arrivals at marine terminals.

The Washington-based Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) and supply chain technology firm TradeLanes recently reached out to hundreds of American shippers to survey the operational and financial impacts of earliest return date (ERD) fluctuations on their businesses.

The AgTC and TradeLanes have...

Digitization advocate says time for port call optimization is now

Imagine the fuel and emissions savings if the container shipping industry steered away from the traditional hurry-up-and-wait sailings to just-in-time port calls.

The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) wants to make those savings reality and on Tuesday released its first publication as part of its just-in-time (JIT) port call program.

DCSA said by moving the industry toward a JIT port call process, established standards will enable container ships to optimize their steaming speed,...

Lombardi becomes Institute of International Container Lessors president

ocean containers

The Washington-based Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) has appointed Dennis Lombardi to president, effective Jan. 1.

Lombardi will take over from Steven Blust, who will be retiring as president but will stay on at the IICL as a senior adviser.

Prior to this appointment, Lombardi operated his own consulting firm, Lusoco Consulting, and worked with Global Logistics Development Partners as an associate advising on maritime logistics.

Dennis Lombardi, IICL president (Photo: Courtesy)

News Alert: US, Canada, Mexico border closures extended to Nov. 21

The Blue Water Bridge border crossing linking the US and Canada. The US land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed for nonessential travel until Nov. 21

The closure of the U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed for nonessential travel until at least Nov. 21, officials from the three countries announced on Monday.

To continue to limit the spread of COVID, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel through Nov 21. We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to identify safe criteria to ease the restrictions in the future & support our border communities.

— Acting Secretary Chad...

Career Tracks: From technology to trucks

Mathieu Philippe has been appointed to the new position of commercial director of marine for classification society Bureau Veritas.

Returning to Paris, where he started his career in shipping, Philippe brings extensive experience in commercial ship operations, markets and management to Bureau Veritas. He will lead the marine markets team, providing expertise and technology leadership across all major ship types, ship fuel and propulsion technology.

“Classification societies are already playing a...

NCBFAA’s 35-year general counsel retires


Ed Greenberg plans to retire as general counsel for the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) at the end of December after 35 years of representing the ocean freight transportation intermediary industry in Washington.

Greenberg, 78, made the decision four weeks ago after spending the past six months working from his home office and enjoying the presence of his 2-year-old grandson.

“It had never occurred to me. I had no interest in retirement,” Greenberg told...

Marijuana, bongs seized from trucks at US-Canada border

Glass bongs are lined up after being seized by from a truck at the US Canada border, amid a rise of marijuana seizures.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized more than $8 million of marijuana and over 2,000 bongs from commercial trucks in separate incidents at the U.S.-Canada border, the agency said Friday.

The marijuana seizure occurred Thursday at the Peace Bridge, the site of multiple large drug busts involving trucks at the Canada-U.S. border since June. 

Officers reportedly discovered 2,410 pounds of marijuana during an inspection of 20 pallets. The driver was not arrested, while the case...