New NEXT yard aims to boost Long Beach drayage efficiency

A yard that NEXT Trucking plans to open in the fourth quarter of this year will hold 1,000 containers and is designed to cut the distance drayage truckers drive to drop off and pick up cargo. Photo credit: Shutterstock NEXT will by the end of the year open an 18-acre yard 10 miles from Port of Long Beach that will harness the trucking company’s distinct Relay program that aims to…

June 27, 2019
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Schneider expands intermodal as truck competition heats up

With its new Indianapolis service, Schneider is promising two- to three-day intermodal transit times between Indiana and New Jersey and Massachusetts. Photo credit: Schneider National. Transportation and logistics company Schneider is accelerating intermodal rail shipments from the US Midwest to the Northeast, launching a service from the CSX intermodal ramp in Indianapolis. The new service, introduced this month, is claimed to speed up intermodal transit times and help shippers avoid…

June 26, 2019
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More trans-Pacific blank sailings announced

Containerized imports from China have already dropped 6 percent through April, with further declines likely. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. The Ocean Alliance announced it will cancel three sailings to the US West Coast in July after blanking three sailings in June, the latest sign of how trans-Pacific carriers are exercising capacity discipline amid irregular volume flow. According to Wednesday’s Alphaliner, the alliance of CMA CGM/APL, Cosco Shipping, OOCL, and Evergreen Marine…

June 26, 2019
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Three things to look for in an Advanced Visibility Platform

For years, logistics service providers and carriers have been adopting digital technologies to help them streamline a wide variety of transportation and logistics processes. However, until recently, the transportation and logistics industry’s true digital Holy Grail has remained elusive – the ability to view, manage and optimize their global supply chains in real-time. Source: http://www.joc.com

June 26, 2019
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Innovation key to easing EPC challenges

  EPCs and project owners are grappling with labor shortages and an ever-growing trend toward modularization. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Labor shortfalls and risk management strategies continue to push the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) industry toward ever-larger offshore modularization, industry executives said. Project owner and EPC procurement decision-making and construction scheduling are the head of the dragon when it comes to the project logistics supply chain, filtering down through the…

June 26, 2019
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India’s JNPT cracking down on import charges

The participation of JNPT shippers in the direct port delivery program has increased dramatically in the past year, accounting for more than 50 percent of laden imports at the port. Photo credit: JNPT. Customs authorities at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) have hardened their action on long-running concerns over extra charges shippers face at terminals and on the landside for import cargo cleared under the direct port delivery (DPD)…

June 26, 2019
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CMA CGM ramps up block containerized rail for Indian shippers

CMA CGM (India) has rolled out a new block rail route, its first at Pipavav, in conjunction with private intermodal logistics provider Gateway Rail Freight Ltd. (GRFL). Photo credit: CMA CGM (India). A new dedicated block containerized rail service between APM Terminals Pipavav and North India is CMA CGM’s latest effort to prioritize the emerging Asian economy, which is seen as a more lucrative freight market for container transport providers…

June 26, 2019
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‘Painfully slow’ growth predicted for US freight market

US manufacturing growth has dropped since the beginning of 2019, constricting freight flow and threatening imports and exports. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The US economy isn’t headed for a recession this year, but for freight shippers and many transportation providers, it may seem like one, speakers at the SMC3 Connections 2019 Conference said this week. “Unlike many people, I don’t think we’ll fall into a recession,” Jeffrey…

June 26, 2019
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Employers ratify ILWU Canada contract for Vancouver, Prince Rupert

Contract negotiations between ILWU Canada and BCMEA had been underway since before the previous contract expired in March 2018. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Waterfront employers in Western Canada ratified Tuesday the contract that was approved last week by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada, likely guaranteeing labor peace at Vancouver and Prince Rupert for the next five years. “Through a collaborative effort, and with both sides having worked hard to…

June 26, 2019
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Blockchain viewed as option in minimizing container ship fires

About one-quarter of all serious incidents onboard container ships are attributable to mis-declared cargo, according to the Cargo Incident Notification System. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com. Can blockchain play a role in combating the all too frequent and increasingly costly occurrences of container ship fires? A new project will put that somewhat quixotic proposition to the test.  A core question being posed by Maritime Blockchain Labs, a project funded by Lloyd’s Register…

June 26, 2019
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