The U.S. Coast Guard bulletin regarding compliance with the International Maritime Organization's verified gross mass requirement "seems to allow for more flexibility," says Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero.
Three of the four pre-qualified port terminal operators that will bid for control of the Corozal Container Terminal have ties to container shipping giants Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC), and CMA CGM.
The 13,092-TEU containership COSCO Hope crashed into a gantry crane at Port Said as it was departing the Egyptian port, igniting a fire that spread to 20 containers and resulted in injuries to at least two people.
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The Dubai-based terminal operator will charge $245 Canadian for boxes arriving at the West Coast ports by truck or rail without verified gross mass data after the new International Maritime Organization rule goes into effect July 1.
Meanwhile, the ocean carrier alliance members reconfirmed their current cooperation scheme on east-west trades until the end of March 2017.
Legislation introduced into the California State Senate by Sen. Ricardo Lara would provide an exemption from sales and use tax for terminal operators purchasing zero or “near zero-emission” equipment.