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Federal Maritime Commissioner Doyle and shipper groups say they want more details on the Port of Oakland's plan to help relieve congestion by opening facilities on Saturdays and charging peak usage fees.
The Danish conglomerate has been affected by fallen oil prices and low Asia-Europe freight rates.
With more tonnage to be delivered next year, London-based shipping consultant Drewry says "the overhang of excess capacity [in the ocean freight industry] will be even greater than that experienced in 2009."
Exports helped drive record throughput in September at the Port of Long Beach, but were the main reason the Port of Oakland experienced a 4.8 percent drop in container volumes.
The derailment of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude, which resulted in a fire that forced the evacuation of hundreds of area residents, was caused by a defect that was missed on two separate inspections, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
In a response to the ITF recommendations, the International Chamber of Shipping said it prefers a fuel levy, rather than an emissions trading scheme, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.