The United States exported 794,537 net tons of steel in April, a 2.5 percent increase from March, but a year-over-year drop of nearly 6 percent.
The 9,742-TEU containership COSCO Shipping Panama began its historic passage through the expanded waterway, construction of which began back in 2007, Sunday morning.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking into how delays at ports and other loading and unloading facilities may be affecting driver compliance with hours-of-service rules designed to increase safety.
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However, the International Maritime Organization's Maritime Safety Committee said there should be no delay in the implementation of the verified gross mass rule.
Neither Ports America nor owner Oaktree Capital will discuss a possible sale of the nation's largest port terminal operator, but Yildirim Holdings President Robert Yildirim said talks have advanced to the "second round."
The plantiffs claimed the U.S. Coast Guard violated the Administrative Procedures Act in its rule-making procedure in developing the pilotage rates, which have jumped about 114 percent over the past 10 years.