SSA Marine's Oakland International Container Terminal will make appointments mandatory for the majority of containerized import pick-ups in order to shorten lines at terminal gates and speed up cargo delivery to customers.
The company plans to accept the weights that clients provide as certified, but if clients are not able to provide the certified weight, it will weigh the cargo on their behalf.
Struggling South Korean shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. on Friday filed for receivership with the Seoul Central District Court amid mounting debt and continued losses.
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Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle praised the statement from ocean carrier group OCEMA, but noted officials "still need to address an important liability issue for the shippers" in order to implement new verified gross mass requirements.
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition, an agricultural export group and vocal critic of the container weight regulation implementation process, said the verified gross mass submission guidelines issued by ocean carriers will impede export supply chains.
The Port of Charleston was moving some containers off terminals in assembly-line fashion well before the "free flow" process became an accepted industry strategy for reducing truck delays.