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U.S. lawmakers fault rail sector for slow service, profits

Reuters | September 10, 2014 | Intermodal

U.S. rail operators must put investment ahead of profits to clear the way for grain, automotive and chemical shipments now clogging the tracks, lawmakers said at a congressional hearing Wednesday about the health of the rail grid. Read More »

US grain glut is testing rail and storage system

Reuters | September 10, 2014 | Intermodal

A stockpile of U.S. Midwest grain will likely increase in the coming months and tax farmers already desperate to house or haul corn, soybeans and other products ahead of an expected record harvest, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official said on Wednesday. Read More »

PortMiami’s Re-Stack Facility is open for business!

AJOT | September 10, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

PortMiami’s Re-Stack Facility is open for business!

PortMiami announced today that its restack facility is now open to handle containers and cargo from all carriers. The restack facility allows users to unload, manipulate and restack cargo in preparation for fumigation, inspection, or the trans loading/transfer of goods to other container. Read More »

U.S. shippers seek role in transport of LNG, oil exports

Reuters | September 10, 2014 | Energy | Maritime | Liner Shipping

The U.S. government should ensure that international trade of U.S. natural gas, and potentially crude oil, will offer opportunities for the domestic shipping industry, maritime groups said on Wednesday. Read More »

US groups leery of fast-track trade deals demand transparency

Reuters | September 10, 2014 | International Trade

More than 500 U.S. organizations urged the Obama administration to ditch the system of congressional authority to fast-track trade negotiations, demanding a more transparent method of handling trade negotiations. Read More »

Ajinomoto to buy US frozen food maker Windsor Quality for $800 million

Reuters | September 10, 2014 | International Trade

Japan's Ajinomoto Co Inc said it would buy unlisted U.S. frozen foods maker Windsor Quality Holdings for around $800 million as it seeks to expand in North America to offset slowing growth at home. Read More »

Cuba estimates total damage of US embargo at $116.8 billion

Reuters | September 10, 2014 | International Trade

U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba have cost the island nation $3.9 billion in foreign trade over the past year, helping to raise the overall estimate of economic damage to $116.8 billion over the past 55 years, Cuba said. Read More »

Austria pledges to help companies hit by Russia sanctions

Reuters | September 10, 2014 | International Trade

Austria pledged to shelter companies and workers from the brunt of the economic fallout from Ukraine's political crisis, which officials said they feared could last some time. Read More »

India drops solar anti-dumping plan before Modi meets Obama

Reuters | September 10, 2014 | International Trade

India has dropped plans to impose an anti-dumping duty on solar panel imports, a move that is likely to help mend frayed commercial ties with the United States before Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets President Barack Obama this month. Read More »

Konecranes appoints Pankakoski as Chief Digital Officer

AJOT | September 10, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Juha Pankakoski (47) has been appointed Chief Digital Officer of Konecranes Plc. He will be responsible for all Information Systems and the overall Process Architecture of Konecranes. Read More »

SC Ports Authority awarded $10.8 million TIGER grant

AJOT | September 10, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

SC Ports Authority has been awarded a 10.8 million dollar Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for planned upgrades and improvements to its Wando Welch Terminal. Read More »

Port of Longview negotiations on propane/butane terminal progressing

AJOT | September 10, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The Port of Longview and Haven Energy are “finding common commercial ground” in Haven’s proposal to develop a propane/butane export terminal at the Port, Port of Longview Chief Executive Officer Geir-Eilif Kalhagen announced during the regular Port Commission meeting. Read More »

Express Global Logistics gets power project cargo to Bangladesh 

AJOT | September 10, 2014 | Breakbulk & Projects

Express Global Logistics gets power project cargo to Bangladesh 

EXPRESS GLOBAL LOGISTICS PVT.LTD (formerly known as Express Transport), a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium WWPC in India, recently loaded 8094 FRT cargo from Yantai to Mongla for a Power Project in Bangladesh.  Read More »

Rickmers-Linie supports new low sulphur regime but expects increasing costs

AJOT | September 10, 2014 | Breakbulk & Projects

Rickmers-Linie has declared its support for the introduction of stricter sulphur regulations but expects that they will inevitably lead to an increase in the cost of marine fuels. Read More »

East Africa’s Rift Valley Railways secures funds for locomotives

AJOT | September 10, 2014 | Intermodal

East Africa's Rift Valley Railways, operator of the only rail line linking Kenya's Indian Ocean coast with Uganda, said it had funding of 2.2 billion Kenyan shillings ($24.80 million) to buy 20 locomotives to be delivered by next April. Read More »

C.H. Robinson opens new German office; hires two new managers

AJOT | September 10, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

By opening a new office in Hamburg, Germany, and promoting two new office managers, C.H. Robinson continues to expand its European footprint and solidify its leadership team. Read More »

Alon USA Energy intends to restart California refinery in 2016

Reuters | September 10, 2014 | Energy | Refinery

Alon USA Energy intends to restart its 70,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) refinery in Bakersfield, California, in 2016, after starting up a new 150,000 bpd crude by rail project there in the third quarter of next year, Chief Executive Paul Eisman told Reuters on Wednesday. Read More »

Transport Canada recognizes key role of marine pilots in economy and transportation system

PR Newswire | September 10, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Sept.10, 2014 /CNW/ - Jeff Watson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today recognized the central role that marine pilots play in maintaining professional standards in Canada's marine transportation system in remarks made to the 4(th) Canadian Marine Pilots' Association (CMPA) Congress in Niagara Falls.

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Saudi shipper Bahri names Omar as CEO

Reuters | September 10, 2014 | Liner Shipping

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has named Ibrahim Abdulrahman al-Omar as its chief executive, effective on Oct. 1, a bourse filing said on Wednesday. Read More »

Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda seek bids for products pipeline extension

Reuters | September 10, 2014 | Energy | Pipeline

Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have invited bids to build a 784-kilometre pipeline in two phases that will transport refined petroleum products from western Kenya to regional markets. Read More »

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