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Chinese ocean carrier COSCO will join the Ocean3 Alliance's Columbus service, which operates between Asia and North America's east and west coasts.
The multi-year measure would support infrastructure investment, including a first-time dedicated funding source for freight-related projects, but is only partially funded so far.
Legislators had hoped to pass a multi-year bill by Thanksgiving, but instead opted for a measure to extend federal transportation spending through Dec. 4 to avoid a funding shutdown when the current three-week authorization expires Friday.
The FAST Act, which provides $253 billion in funding over five years for highway and bridge infrastructure, motor carrier safety, hazmat safety, passenger rail programs and transit, now goes to the House and Senate for a full vote.
With world leaders convening in Paris for global talks on how to slow climate change, the shipping industry says it is doing its part and ocean carriers say more efforts are underway to lower carbon dioxide output from vessels.
Jamaica will use SOGET's port community system to provide a single platform for submission of key logistics and compliance data as the country looks to grow its container volumes after the completion of the Panama Canal expansion.