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The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has received 11 ocean transportation intermediary license applications and changes for review.
The ocean carrier has implemented similar fees in other regions, and says the switch to electronic bookings is crucial for data accuracy and customer responsiveness.
The amendments to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill were added at the behest of senators from farm states with constituents who have an interest in expanding agricultural exports to the island nation.
The MacArthur Lock, one of the two actively used locks that enable ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes, will be closed for at least 10 days due to a malfunctioning gate.
Brent crude, considered by most analysts to be the global benchmark for oil prices, fell below $50 a barrel for the first time since January amid slowing demand growth and growing global oversupply.
The Maritime Administration's hoarding of proceeds from vessel sales, refusal to distribute maritime heritage grant funds and continued stonewalling of FOIA requests presents a troubling picture. And it’s not one of a transparent agency.