More than 100 neopanamax ships have already made reservations to transit the waterway's new larger locks following the historic inauguration and first voyage, according to the Panama Canal Administration.
The European Union competition watchdog said a trustee will monitor both companies to ensure there is no information sharing between the Ocean3 and G6 ocean carrier alliances, of which CMA CGM and Neptune Orient Lines subsidiary APL are currently members.
Scales currently used to comply with federal and state laws are acceptable for complying with the new International Maritime Organization container weight regulations due to go into effect July 1, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
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Shippers should think about supplying container weight data to ocean carriers ahead of the July 1 start date if they ship cargo that transfers to a second vessel in another port.
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.
Ocean carriers CMA CGM, COSCO, Evergreen Line and OOCL revealed they will form a new alliance next April.