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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.
Spot container rates between Asia and Europe last week hit a six-month high, according to data from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange's Shanghai Containerized Freight Index.
Year-to-date, container volumes are up 4 percent and automobile volumes are up 7.7 percent at the Pacific Northwest ports.
The U.S. Maritime Administration is trying to find maritime applications for zero emission hydrogen fuel cells, which have the potential to provide cleaner air and reduce costs for shippers.
The group reported a 66.7 percent increase in net profits to $156 million on revenues of $4.2 billion for the second quarter.
A deal for GE Capital Rail Services, which has assets valued at over $4 billion, could come by Labor Day, according to initial reports from Bloomberg Business.