Strong language is often needed to advocate for a position, but now that progress is being made on container weight verification, people should choose their words more carefully.
The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 puts reauthorization for water infrastructure projects back on a regular two-year cycle, if the full House and Senate vote on it.
In a letter to the Federal Maritime Commission, the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America urged acceptance of an agreement between carriers and six U.S. ports, but noted that shippers shouldn't bear the cost of the regulation.
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The 4,650-TEU Safmarine Meru, the first ship on the 2M Alliance's new TP18/Lone Star Express service, had only 400 containers on board, while the other ship, the Northern Jasper, was off-hire, according to Maersk Line officials.
The French ocean carrier transported 2.9 percent more containers, but saw the average freight rate tumble 17.6 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2015.
Container transport revenues at the Danish shipping conglomerate fell 20 percent year-over-year for the quarter due to a 26 percent decline in average freight rates.