The United States Maritime Alliance, the employer group that negotiates the master contract with the International Longshoremen's Association, called the ILA’s planned work stoppage threat “disturbing.”
The terminal operator increased spending from $70 million to $200 million in preparation for ultra large containerships.
Matson President and CEO Matt Cox said the Honolulu-based shipping company had “exceptional” results for the full year of 2015, while fourth quarter 2016 results were hindered by the increase in bunker fuel prices from mid-November through December.
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Investments in new projects are slowing, and Neil Davidson, senior analyst in Drewry’s ports and terminals practice, warned that a sudden rebound in demand could be a problem.
What has been accepted as standard practice for decades - large shippers cementing big volume annual contracts with carriers and smaller shippers, forwarders and NVOs picking up the scraps on the spot market - is now being heavily scrutinized.
Five large terminal companies and the Port of Rotterdam Authority filed the “Global Ports Group Agreement” with the Federal Maritime Commission to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of the container port industry.