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Feb 01, 2010

2009 Worst Year Ever for Freight Industry

For more than a year, IATA (International Air Transportation Association)has been a source of bad news as the air freight market languished in a savage rescission.

For more than a year, IATA (International Air Transportation Association)has been a source of bad news as the air freight market languished in a savage rescission.

Sep 22, 2010

2010 Clean Air Action Plan Update Released

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach release the 2010 San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update, which sets even more aggressive goals and strategies for reducing air pollution and health risks from goods movement. See links below for documentation.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach release the 2010 San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update, which sets even more aggressive goals and strategies for reducing air pollution and health risks from goods movement. See links below for documentation.

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Jan 18, 2011

2010 is Largest Single Year Box Gain in Long Beach

Posting the largest single-year gain in total container volume in its history, the Port of Long Beach handles nearly 24 percent more containers in 2010 than the previous year, boosted by 12-solid months of growth in both import and export volumes. The year-end numbers also cemented Long Beach's status as the second busiest container port in the Western Hemisphere for 2010.

Posting the largest single-year gain in total container volume in its history, the Port of Long Beach handles nearly 24 percent more containers in 2010 than the previous year, boosted by 12-solid months of growth in both import and export volumes. The year-end numbers also cemented Long Beach's status as the second busiest container port in the Western Hemisphere for 2010.

Feb 01, 2003

24 hour manifest rule begins.

Oct 12, 2006

24-Hour Air Monitoring Goes Live

Real-time air quality information at the Port of Long Beach is now available online, as part of a comprehensive program to provide the public and port staff tools to track emmissions and air quality.

Real-time air quality information at the Port of Long Beach is now available online, as part of a comprehensive program to provide the public and port staff tools to track emmissions and air quality.

Feb 22, 2009

25,000 Miles of Navigable Waterways Seen as Efficient Alternative to

Norfolk, VA (AP) - An idea that dates to Lewis and Clark's trek west is experiencing a rebirth thanks to the truck traffic that increasingly chokes highways: shift more of the nations's freight burden to boats that can traverse rivers, lakes, canals and coastal waters.

Norfolk, VA (AP) - An idea that dates to Lewis and Clark's trek west is experiencing a rebirth thanks to the truck traffic that increasingly chokes highways: shift more of the nations's freight burden to boats that can traverse rivers, lakes, canals and coastal waters.

Oct 27, 2014

2M to Launch in January

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FMC approval clears the decks for Maersk and MSC to launch their east-west alliance.

Now that is has received approval from the Federal Maritime Commission, Maersk Line said it will implement its 2M east-west alliance with Mediterranean Shipping Co. in January.

“The U.S. was the only remaining jurisdiction where the parties had to obtain formal approval. Thus, the parties can now implement the agreement as planned,” Maersk said in a statement reported by Reuters.

In the 4-1 FMC vote, Commissioner Richard Lidinsky was the lone dissenter – just as he was when the commission voted in March to allow the P3 Network, a vessel –sharing alliance that would have involed Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM. Chinese regulators in June stunned the industry by rejecting the P3, saying it would be anti-competitive.

Gaining approval from Chinese regulators was thought to be the last regulatory hurdle for Maersk and MSC to overcome, as the 2M carriers are already in compliance with the European Union and now have the go-ahead from U.S. regulator. Maersk, however, apparently sees it differently.

Implementation of the 2M won’t end the controversy surrounding an alliance covering all three east-west trades involving the world’s two largest carriers in terms of deployed capacity. “In the proposed 2M agreement, there remain many unanswered questions that could have been answered in the additional 45-day period,” Lidinsky said in a statement, “Regrettably, my position has not been supported, and the agreement will be allowed to take effect with many issues unresolved.”

Lidinsky said in his statement that he always supported requests for additional information on VSAs when he was FMC chairman. His fellow commissioners didn’t support such as request regarding the 2M allowing the VSA to go forward. A majority vote to ask the 2m carriers would have stopped the clock on the FMC’s review of the VSA, with the clock restarting once the carriers responded to the agency’s queries.

“I am in favor of not taking any further action to delay the implementation of this vessel-sharing agreement popularly known as 2M,” said FMC Commissioner William Doyle, who originally told The Journal of Commerce he planned to vote to ask the carriers more questions. “Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. answered all my questions over the 45 days.”

While the FMC will implement “its typical monitoring program,” Doyle said the alliance should be re-evaluated to make sure the duo “plays by the rules.” One of the rules is that the carriers collaborate operationally but price services independently. Doyle said the 2M will allow Maersk and MSC, the two largest global container lines, to increase their service offerings and total capacity.

“In conclusion, it appears the 2M agreement is not likely, through a reduction in competition, to result in an unreasonable decrease in transportation service or an unreasonable increase in transportation cost,” Doyle said, referring to language in the Shipping Act of 1984 used by the FMC to determine whether to allow a VSA to take effect.

Pressure on Maersk and MSC to gain regulatory approval to launch the 2M early next year increased after CMA CGM, China Shipping and United Arab Shipping Co. announced a rival VSA, known as the Ocean Three. In an attempt to avoid the agency stopping its review of the 2M, Maersk and MSC executives met with Doyle in September to answer his questions. Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou also met with China’s Ministry of Commerce on Sept. 19 in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the P3 demise.

The 2M would involve a total of 185 vessels with an estimated capacity of 2.1 million TEUs on 21 strings, while the O3 will initially operate 138 vessels on 15 weekly services. The 2M and O3 have the largest ships on order with average vessel sizes of 17,800 TEUs and 16,500 TEUs respectively, outpacing the order of books of rival alliances G6 and CKYHE, according to research firm SeaIntel. None of the carriers in the CKYHE and G6 alliances have orders for vessels larger than 14,000 TEUs.

Through the proposed VSAs, the 2M and O3 carriers, as well as the existing G6 and CKYHE alliances, would be able to consolidate their services around fewer but bigger ships, reducing their per container operating costs. As a result, 2M and O3 carriers would gain cost advantages over carriers and operate smaller ships. If the O3 and 2M are ultimately allowed to take effect, it will be the first time that all major east-west carriers, with the exception of Zim Integrated Shipping Services, are part of an alliance that covers all three east-west trades.

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FMC approval clears the decks for Maersk and MSC to launch their east-west alliance.

Now that is has received approval from the Federal Maritime Commission, Maersk Line said it will implement its 2M east-west alliance with Mediterranean Shipping Co. in January.

“The U.S. was the only remaining jurisdiction where the parties had to obtain formal approval. Thus, the parties can now implement the agreement as planned,” Maersk said in a statement reported by Reuters.

Mar 07, 2006

2nd PierPASS survey shows that Night and Saturday shifts are

Mar 07, 2006

2nd PierPASS survey shows truckers who get extra pay are

Feb 25, 2008

3 Lines Merge Americas Services

Hamburg Sud, Alianca and Costa Container Lines combine their services linking the east and north coasts of South America with Central America, the U.S. Gulf and Carribean.

Hamburg Sud, Alianca and Costa Container Lines combine their services linking the east and north coasts of South America with Central America, the U.S. Gulf and Carribean.