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.
Matt Rose, chairman and CEO of BNSF Railway, said a deal between Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern is unlikely because it would require buy-in from investors, rail labor, customers and public policy makers.
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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.
A new position paper from the Agriculture Transport Coalition lays out options such as delaying enforcement of the SOLAS verified gross mass requirement or allowing weight variance, and requests a congressional inquiry into the IMO.
Executive Director Chris Lytle says the Port of Oakland is "deeply disappointed" with the action yesterday by Outer Harbor Terminal LLC, a joint venture between Ports America and Terminal Investment Ltd.