The key objective of the two-week National Transportation Safety Board mission in April will be to locate the voyage data recorder or "black box" dislodged from the TOTE Maritime general cargo vessel when it sank Oct. 1 during Hurricane Joaquin.
The United States Coast Guard is scheduled to meet with the Federal Maritime Commission on Feb. 18 to hear shipper concerns about the new verified gross mass requirement enacted by the International Maritime Organization.
Parcel giant UPS has joined the chorus of voices opposing a tie-up between Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern, sending a letter to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board that says a merger would hurt intermodal service levels and increase costs.
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The Northern California port says there is ample capacity to absorb cargo business at other Oakland terminals after a "unilateral" decision to depart by the joint operators of Outer Harbor Terminal LLC.
The Port of Oakland has indicated officials are negotiating with TraPac, but said its other terminals will handle former OHT cargo and expects no diversion as a result of decision by TIL and Ports America to end operations at the port.
European terminal operators say they want implementation guidelines for the new IMO rules requiring shippers to provide the verified gross mass of containers that "do not create competitive distortions between member states."