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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Due to the deterioration of container freight rates and the subsequent drop in carrier financial results, analysts with Drewry Maritime Equity Research foresee a possible combination of Korean and Japanese carriers.
The Suez Canal Authority has begun granting a 65 percent discount on tolls for all containerships sailing from East Coast North America ports south of Norfolk to Asian ports and 45 percent reduction from Port of Norfolk and north.
Rampant overcapacity and the resulting price war between carriers in the container shipping market has caused substantial further reductions in contract rates for exporters and importers buying under contract.