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Ice to close upper Mississippi from Nov. 20, earliest on record

Reuters | November 19, 2014 | Liner Shipping

The shipping season on the upper Mississippi River will end on Thursday as ice surrounding locks and dams near Minnesota’s Twin Cities forced the earliest winter closure on records that date back to 1969, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. Read More »

SC Ports Authority sees 17% increase in container volumes

AJOT | November 19, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The SC Ports Authority announced October volumes are up nearly 17 percent year over year, continuing a strong growth trend in container traffic well above the organization's financial plan. Read More »

Ex-Im Bank Chairman Hochberg signs $1 billion MoU to support US clean energy exports to India

AJOT | November 19, 2014 | International Trade

Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) Chairman Fred P. Hochberg signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chairman K.S. Popli of the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) that will explore options for utilizing up to $1 billion to finance the sale of U.S. clean energy exports to India. Read More »

Time running out for action on fast-track trade authority

Reuters | November 19, 2014 | International Trade

U.S. lawmakers have very little time to consider granting the White House power to fast-track trade deals before Congress finishes up for the year, the head of the Senate committee responsible for trade said. Read More »

US sugar refiner woes mount as Mexico deal seen choking supply

Reuters | November 19, 2014 | International Trade

At first blush, the powerful U.S. sugar industry seemed to clinch a big win last month when U.S. trade authorities struck a deal to restrict rising imports from Mexican rivals. Read More »

Australia, Brazil sugar industry groups concerned by US-Mexico pact

Reuters | November 19, 2014 | International Trade

Australian and Brazilian sugar industry groups criticized a U.S.-Mexico suspension agreement drafted to end to a trade dispute between the two North American countries, according to letters published on the U.S. Department of Commerce website. Read More »

Brazil must speed foreign trade deals, Cabinet minister says

Reuters | November 19, 2014 | International Trade

Brazil must pick up the pace on negotiations over international trade deals, Presidential Chief of Staff Aloizio Mercadante said, pushing South American trade bloc Mercosur to make progress on long-standing talks. Read More »

Open up to our beer, EU to tell Japan in trade talks

Reuters | November 19, 2014 | International Trade

Japan needs to open up its beer market to European exports if Tokyo and Brussels are to agree one of the world's biggest free trade deals next year, according to an EU document prepared for the next round of talks in December. Read More »

Deer Park Chamber names PHA 2014 Industry of the Year

AJOT | November 19, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce named the Port Authority its 2014 Industry of the Year at a November 18 luncheon at the Jimmy Burke Center. Read More »

FMC to review new US West Coast port congestion surcharges

AJOT | November 19, 2014 | Liner Shipping | Ports & Terminals

FMC to review new US West Coast port congestion surcharges

As labor negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) continue, several major ocean carriers have implemented "port congestion" surcharges that have captured the attention of the entire shipping community, including the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). Read More »

Striking drivers from Pacific 9 Transportation end strike and return to work

AJOT | November 19, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Striking drivers from Pacific 9 Transportation end strike and return to work

As the truck driver strike continues to exacerbate congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as well as at intermodal rail yards that dispatch cargo to and from warehouses and distribution centers across America, a majority of marine terminals at the Port of Los Angeles have turned away struck trucks. Read More »

PRPA reports high level of interest in developing Southport parcels along Delaware River

AJOT | November 19, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) reports that, as of the Friday, November 14 deadline for submissions,  the quality and quantity of responses expressing interest in developing the Authority’s three “Southport” waterfront parcels have met and exceeded the Authority’s expectations. Read More »

Identec Solutions supplies CTAS container position detection system to Terminal Petikemas Surabaya

AJOT | November 19, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Identec Solutions announces that PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya (TPS), a joint venture between port operators Pelindo 3 and DP World, has selected Identec’s Container Position Detection (PDS) system solution to provide process automation across their yard operations. Read More »

Fast & Direct Heavy Lift handles oil field equipment in UAE

AJOT | November 19, 2014 | Breakbulk & Projects | Projects

Fast & Direct Heavy Lift handles oil field equipment in UAE

Fast & Direct Heavy Lift Solution Services LLC, a member of the Cargo Equipment Experts CEE network in Dubai, handled the mobilization of heavy and out of gauge oil field equipments from ICAD, Mussafah to Abu Dhabi Port. Read More »

Hamburg Süd races yacht to Australia

AJOT | November 19, 2014 | Liner Shipping

Hamburg Süd races yacht to Australia

They say the new super yacht Comanche could average over 22 knots in the right conditions. Read More »

CMA CGM launches the CITRUS EXPRESS service between East Mediterranean and Black Sea

AJOT | November 19, 2014 | Liner Shipping

CMA CGM Group has announced its CITRUS EXPRESS seasonal service will start again in November. Read More »

ICAP shipping arm in merger talks with rival as M&A heats up

Reuters | November 19, 2014 | Breakbulk & Projects | Breakbulk

ICAP's shipping business is in merger talks with rival shipbroker Howe Robinson, the latest potential tie-up among sector players looking for scale after years of freight market turmoil. Read More »

Freight stakeholders coalition delivers message of investment urgency to Senate staff

AJOT | November 19, 2014 | Intermodal | Road

Speaking before a packed room of Senate staff and transportation interests, representatives of the Freight Stakeholders Coalition gathered on Capitol Hill to promote the group’s surface transportation reauthorization principles and explain freight mobility’s impact on transportation providers, system users, and the national economy. Read More »

Agility appoints Poulsen as CEO for Greater China Area

AJOT | November 19, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has appointed Soren Poulsen as CEO for Greater China Area (GCA). In this role, Poulsen will be responsible for leading Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics business in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Read More »

Longistics designated as an EPA SmartWay® Program partner to advance fuel efficient technologies 

AJOT | November 19, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

Longistics, a full-service provider of global logistics solutions, has announced that the organization’s transportation division has been designated as an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay® Program Partner. Read More »

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