Ports & Terminals Terminals - Nov 12 2018 at 08:02 AM
Turn time is the bench mark by which ocean terminals measure efficiency. The longer it takes to move a container on or off the ship or through the facility, the costlier that unit becomes in terms of handling and vessel delay.
When we think of intermodal rail, we envision containers or breakbulk cargo moving via one of our tier 1 carriers such as the U.P. or the CSX. We tend to forget that many more commodities begin or end their transit via short line railroads.
Earlier this month the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed an agreement with Wilhelmsen Ship Services (WSS) and Airbus to develop an unmanned air system (UAS) to assist in various port and ship operations.
Last year China mirrored our taste for live lobster as export demand grew 7.4% to 55,500 tons at a value of over $126 million. In fact, total exports from Maine contributed around $1 billion to the state’s economy.
Earlier this month the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) held their annual meeting with Congress to discuss various topics important to 3-PLs and cargo owners. On their agenda was the issue of nationwide approval for the use of twin 33’ trailers on our highways.
Maritime News Liner Shipping - May 03 2018 at 12:09 PM
Maersk’s CEO Soren Skou commented recently on the state of container shipping noting that government subsidy helps to create over capacity and promotes competitive imbalance. Advocating a competitive approach, he stated that the market will sort out carriers with profitable business models.
Realizing the importance of protecting trade with Egypt, Pharaoh Ramses the Third built a shimmering port made of coral from the Red Sea. It stood on the island of Suakin in what is now Sudan. For 3,000 years, this port city was a powerful center of trade, welcoming Christians and Muslims alike. Ptolemy called it the “Port of Good Hope.”
As we spin towards the third decade or the Neo-Millennium as I call it; logistics professionals will see changes to the face of transportation un-conceived of 20 years ago. The way we physically handle cargo will go hand in hand with technology to further guide freight movement.