Supply chain innovation teams, created by the Federal Maritime Commission, say a national portal could improve port performance and increase American economic competitiveness.
A report issued today by the AASHTO and the AAPA said the FAST Act has brought ports and cargo fully into the surface transportation network and has given the nation a dedicated federal freight program for the first time ever.
The London-based shipping research and consulting firm said expenses have been cut to the bone in the past two years, so increases would not be unexpected.
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The A.P. Møller-Maersk conglomerate, which includes Maersk Line, APM Terminals, and energy related divisions like Maersk Oil, reported an underlying profit of $426 million in the third quarter of 2016, a 35.6 percent decline from third quarter 2015.
Danish ocean carrier Maersk Line said the acquisition of Hamburg Süd would boost its share of the world container fleet from 15.7 percent to 18.6 percent, and increase its capacity from 3.14 million TEUs to 3.76 million TEUs.
Danish ocean carrier Maersk Line said there is now consideration of "other cooperation possibilities," while Hyundai Merchant Marine of South Korea said it expects a "formal agreement either in the end of November or early December.”