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.
Union Pacific’s failure to maintain its track and equipment resulted in broken and sheared lag bolts, which caused the June 3 derailment of a train near Mosier, Ore., according to a preliminary report from the Federal Railroad Administration.
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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.
Pacific Maritime Association President and CEO James McKenna said he expects to hear from International Longshore and Warehouse Union this summer on whether it wants to discuss the extension of the five-year labor contract.
The U.S. Commerce Department said Chinese producers and exporters of cold-rolled steel to the U.S. will receive a dumping margin of 265.79 percent, while Japan’s cold-rolled steel producers and exporters will receive a dumping margin of 71.35 percent.