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...

FreightWaves Classics: Erie Canal opened 196 years ago

Along the Erie Canal. (Photo: National Park Service)

This FreightWaves Classics article celebrates the opening of the Erie Canal on this date in 1825. Before giving details about the Erie Canal, though, an overview of North American canals is provided. 

Why canals?

A number of successful canals had been built in Europe and Great Britain. Therefore, during the late 1700s and early 1800s, canal construction was considered in order to improve inland transportation in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic areas of the United States. At that time, geography...

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...

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...

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

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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...

Viewpoint: The chartering of goods and the return on investment

This commentary was written by Lori Ann LaRocco. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of FreightWaves or its affiliates.

By Lori Ann LaRocco

We all know some of the biggest kings in retail have been publicly talking about the contracting of charter vessels. The price is inflated so just like using airfreight, businesses have to justify the expenses. With an all-in of around $7 million, companies need to make sure they will see a return...

Port logjams increase biofouling, harming fuel efficiency, marine life — study

Port congestion and increased idle times make biofouling worse, according to a recent I-Tech study.

Biofouling — the accumulation of barnacles, plants and algae on ship hulls — is only getting worse as waters warm and as port congestion increases idle time, according to a recent I-Tech study.

As it builds up, the biological material adds drag and reduces fuel efficiency, costing shippers money and releasing greenhouse gases unnecessarily. The study found that the risk of biofouling accumulation increases significantly when a vessel idles or is in warmer water.

“Fouling takes place significantly...

Shadow inflation: Shipping costs are up way more than you think

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Name something that costs far more than it did before the pandemic that simultaneously gives you far less value for your money than it used to.

Of all the goods and services in the world, it’s hard to find a better pick than ocean container shipping. As rates have skyrocketed, delivery reliability has collapsed amid historic port congestion. Ocean cargo shippers are paying more than they ever have before for the worst service they’ve ever experienced.

The true COVID-era inflation rate for ocean...

173 Ley Hoon Quah, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, MPA


The Port’s Agenda – disruption, decarbonisation and digitalisation

Making maritime your port of call by describing an industry that is global, green and going digital. THE PLACE TO BE.
Ley Hoon Quah, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, MPA, sounds very enthusiastic when describing the maritime industry. She has seen the potential for our industry to become one of the most wanted workplaces by the next generation. Therefore, we need to join forces and promote it.
We discuss...

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