In September of 2012 the Department of Justice found evidence among eleven Roll-On/Roll-Off carriers of misconduct under maritime regulations. The FMC (Federal Maritime Commission) allows carriers to jointly set pricing and make adjustments to combined capacity, if these events are filed in advance. Un-documented action is subject to fines and compensation to injured parties up to twice the value of assessable damage.
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) last week released a statement echoing President-Elect Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again.” In a letter to the transition team, the association outlined several areas for investing the $1trillion pledged by the GOP for rebuilding America.
The expansion of the Panama Canal has opened the Caribbean Basin and the Gulf of Mexico to the age of Mega Shipping. Increased commerce with Cuba, or a remix of cargo from regional load centers could spell a reshuffling of trade lanes to accommodate larger ships. Is the U.S. Gulf prepared for this potential traffic?
Let’s face it, Christmas is just around the corner. Yes, here in the Northeast the leaves are still turning, the nation is engaged in fall football and we just wrapped up the World Series. But, Thanksgiving is a few short weeks away and some stores are already selling Christmas ornaments. Santa is almost here!
Cuba in the 40s and 50s was a playground for the rich and famous. The country’s economy was fueled by U.S. investment: some legal, some not so legal. A rich trade in coffee and tobacco found its way to America and the Cuban middle class imported everything from wearing apparel to washing machines. All that ended in 1959 when rebels under Fidel Castro tossed out Batista and threw Cuba into the dark ages.
Container ships exiting the Panama Canal either head into the Caribbean or make a sharp turn to starboard following the coast to load centers in Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad. Ports along the upper coast of South America handle the bulk of “Hub and Spoke” traffic headed to neighboring countries as far south as Brazil.