The Pacific Maritime Association has proposed extending the contract until July 1, 2022, with a 3.1 percent yearly wage increase over the base wage rate of $42.18 per hour.
The Houston-based tank barge operator’s net earnings fell 27.8 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2017 to $27.5 million.
In segments described as liner or containership operations, NYK, MOL and “K” Line reported a combined loss of 77 billion yen (U.S. $691 million) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, resulting from historically low freight rates.
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The Prevent Labor Union Slowdowns (PLUS Act), S.702, is sponsored by Senators Jim Risch, R-Idaho; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; and David Perdue, R-Ga.
In addition to bad weather conditions, rampant overbooking by carriers in the wake of newly restructured vessel sharing alliances is at the root of the delays, according to Nicolas Vittori, overseas network manager at France-based Setcargo.
Michael Khouri, acting chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, said such pacts can help terminals improve service and operations to benefit the American shipper and consumer.