CMA CGM updates Asia peak season surcharges

The French carrier, CMA CGM Group, has announced an updated Peak Season Surcharge effective from 20 June 2024, until further notice.

The surcharge applies to shipments originating from all Asian ports and destined for the Middle East Gulf, Red Sea, and Indian Subcontinent.

This PSS will apply to Dry, Reefer, OOG, and Paying Empties cargo types, with rates set at US$1,000 per 20′ container (Dry & Reefer of all types) and US$2,000 per 40′ container (Dry & Reefer of all types).

In addition, CMA CGM...

Larger container lines drive operational gains from ‘own terminals’ in India

As the Red Sea crisis remains a major drag on container supply chains, ‘own terminal advantages’ are believed to be benefiting the larger container lines serving Indian trades.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) and CMA CGM have container terminal partnerships with the Adani Group at Mundra Port, India’s busiest box gateway.

According to industry sources, this strategic investment model has placed these two carriers, particularly MSC, in a uniquely advantageous position relative to smaller lines...

U.S. container imports to surpass 2 million TEUs for next 7 months

The Global Port Tracker report, released jointly by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, forecasts that monthly inbound cargo volumes at U.S. major container ports will reach their highest levels in nearly two years this summer.

According to Ben Hackett, founder of Hackett Associates, this surge, expected to extend over seven months with import levels consistently exceeding two million TEUs, is partly attributed to shifts in the traditional peak shipping season.


Liebherr Container Cranes completes major upgrade at Port Liberty in NY

Liebherr Container Cranes announced the successful completion of a significant upgrade project at Port Liberty (formerly Global Container Terminals) in New York.

This project involved enhancing three out of four Liebherr ship-to-shore container cranes (STS) by increasing lift height and extending the boom tip, with work on the fourth crane set to finish soon.

The entire process was captured on camera and the compelling footage is now available on Liebherr Maritime’s social media platforms.


Descartes acquires BoxTop Technologies for US$13 million

Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in connecting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, has announced its acquisition of BoxTop Technologies Limited (BoxTop), a leading provider of shipment management solutions for small to mid-sized logistics service providers (LSPs).

Headquartered in Windsor, England, BoxTop was acquired by Descartes for approximately US$13 million, paid from cash on hand.

Based in the UK, BoxTop assists LSPs in digitizing their operations and connecting to the...

Shipping’s JIT failure that a five-year-old could understand

Benefits from just-in-time arrivals at the port are so obvious and easy to achieve that a five-year-old can understand it and yet the industry does not get it according to one leading industry figure.

Martin Crawford-Brunt, CEO at consultancy Lookout Maritime told Container News that it is
essential the industry “ends the practice of ‘sail fast to wait’”, slowing ships down is a
simple and effective way to reduce congestion and cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

“Slowing ships down to reach the...

Klaipėda Port bolsters fleet with two new hybrid pilot boats

Each of the two new hybrid pilot boats, contracted from Estonia’s “Baltic Workboats AS,” will assist ships entering and leaving Klaipėda Port in a year and a half.

“At the end of next year, a hydrogen-powered waste collection vessel and two new-style
hybrid pilot boats will be sailing in the Klaipėda Port Channel. Klaipėda Port is undergoing
renewal and modernization while taking a comprehensive approach to environmental
improvement within the port”, stated Algis Latakas, director general of the...

Pier owner seeks to arrest MSC boxship after near-miss

An arrest warrant has been issued against one of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s ships, MSC Michigan VII, after Charleston port officials accused the vessel of causing damage to one of its piers.

The 2000-built 6,648 TEU MSC Michigan VII had lost power near Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge on 5 June while sailing along Cooper River. The pilot alerted the US Coast Guard, saying the ship had lost control while at full throttle, causing officials to close the bridge in fear of a repeat of the Francis...

Port of Los Angeles handles nearly 753,000 TEUs in May

In May, the Port of Los Angeles handled 752,893 TEUs, reflecting a slight 3% decline compared to May of the previous year.

Despite this dip, overall cargo volume for the first five months of 2024 is 18% higher than in 2023.

Executive Director Gene Seroka announced plans to visit Taiwan and China next week for discussions to boost cargo volume and reduce the Port’s carbon footprint.

“We continue our trend of strong, consistent volume that started at the beginning of the year. As we gear up for the...

Baltimore port entirely open to shipping again

Baltimore Port’s shipping channel fully reopened on 10 June, more than two months after
Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed following an allision with box ship Dali.

The channel restarted operations after the US Army Corps and US Navy Supervisor of
Salvage and Diving removed 50,000 tonnes of debris from the 26 March incident that
claimed the lives of six construction workers on the bridge.

The US Army Corps said a survey has shown the riverbed as safe for ships and the Fort
McHenry Federal Channel...

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