The United States Maritime Alliance, the employer group that negotiates the master contract with the International Longshoremen's Association, called the ILA’s planned work stoppage threat “disturbing.”
The Prevent Labor Union Slowdowns (PLUS Act), S.702, is sponsored by Senators Jim Risch, R-Idaho; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; and David Perdue, R-Ga.
In addition to bad weather conditions, rampant overbooking by carriers in the wake of newly restructured vessel sharing alliances is at the root of the delays, according to Nicolas Vittori, overseas network manager at France-based Setcargo.
Federal Maritime Commission Acting Chairman Michael Khouri said the change will eliminate requirements that were obstacles to efficiency and added unnecessary costs.
In addition, Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line is scheduled to receive a series of 20,000-TEU ships later this year.
Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union had failed to report for work to unload a Pasha ship in Hawaii.
The Danish shipping company will use the cloud computing platform to develop digital products and services across all brands in its A.P. Moller - Maersk Transport & Logistics division.
U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York wrote a letter urging new Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to visit aging transportation infrastructure throughout their states.
The Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission has given the green light for nine projects through the state’s Rail Transportation Assistance Program and another 25 through the Rail Freight Assistance Program, according to a statement from Gov. Tom Wolf.