The Icelandic government, two Icelandic municipal authorities and the EFLA engineering company signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the creation of a new port in the northeast corner of Iceland.
SSA Marine's Oakland International Container Terminal will make appointments mandatory for the majority of containerized import pick-ups in order to shorten lines at terminal gates and speed up cargo delivery to customers.
The company plans to accept the weights that clients provide as certified, but if clients are not able to provide the certified weight, it will weigh the cargo on their behalf.
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The proposed alliance would become a dominant player in the three major east-west trades, beating out total capacity currently offered by the 2M Alliance on those trade lanes, according to an analysis from BlueWater Reporting.
Federal Maritime Commission Mario Cordero said Wednesday the agency has not yet received a formal filing by the container carriers that plan to establish the new OCEAN Alliance.
Peter Friedmann accused container lines of bungling the International Maritime Organization's new container weight verification requirement, and said some now realize they face high internal costs unless they offer a more flexible approach.