The new president immediately put the world on notice that his administration will combat unfair trade practices, which many interpret as a return to protectionism.
Just 10 percent of longshoremen requested by terminal operator employers came to work on Friday, bringing vessel operations to a near standstill at the Northern California port, according to port spokesman Mike Zampa.
Chaos in the ocean shipping industry has led to a winter of shippers’ discontent as freight transportation managers scramble to determine how carriers will meet their transportation requirements after several carrier mergers and acquisitions took place.
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Liberty Woods International filed a lawsuit in personam against Dalia Ship Holding and in rem against Dalia’s ship, the Ocean Quartz, seeking $1.4 million for damage it said occurred to shipments of plywood.
New ship orders declined in 2016, driven down by overcapacity and sluggish global trade growth, and although devastating for shipyards and their workers, the drop may be necessary if the health of the container liner industry is going to be restored.
The global shipping consultancy said there will be minimal aggregate multipurpose fleet growth to 2020, due to increased demolition levels in the multipurpose and competing sectors, combined with the decreased number of newbuilding orders.