Charleston Harbor Deepening Project Receives $138M in Presidential Funding

The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project has received Congressional funding from the Trump Administration to the tune of $138M as part of the administration’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. The project, which will allow the passage of 14,000 to 18,000 TEU container ships drafting over 50 feet to safely pass through the port, has been met with… Continue Reading

Ongoing Port of Montreal Labor Negotiations

Port of Montreal ILA Votes in Support of Strike Mandate Longshoreman at the Port of Montreal, Canada’s second-largest port, have voted almost unanimously in support of giving Union leadership the option to strike at any point during ongoing contract negotiations. Negotiations between the Local 1657 branch of the International Longshoremen’s Association (Montreal Checkers and Coopers)… Continue Reading

International Maritime Organization Discusses Implementation of a New, Low-Sulfur Fuel Mandate

Beginning on Oct. 22, 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held a new round of talks centered on ocean-shipping environmental regulations, particularly the proposed January 2020 implementation of a new, low-sulfur fuel mandate. The initiative, coined “Sulphur 2020” by the IMO, will require maritime shippers to begin the usage of low-sulphur fuels in an effort… Continue Reading

ILA-USMX Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

On September 5th 2018, an International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA) union release stated that all 59 locals “unanimously” approved a contract extension through 2024 after months of on-again, off-again negotiations. This new deal, combined with an existing labor deal with the separate West Coast unions and port employers that lasts through the middle of 2022, would… Continue Reading

U.S. Imports Surging Earlier than Normal

The U.S. logistics and supply chain industry typically experiences a seasonal shipping surge from around late summer to early fall each year as shippers, especially retailers, prepare for the busier shopping that happens in the later months of the calendar year.  However, amid rising tensions in international trade relations, U.S. seaborne imports have surged earlier… Continue Reading

Dense Fog in Northern China Causes Vessel Delays

The North Chinese ports of Shanghai and Ningbo are gradually reopening after a period of dense fog caused extensive delays, the effects of which we expect to be feeling for the weeks to come. Reports indicate that an intense fog has been impacting the Shanghai and Yangtze River Delta area over the past two to… Continue Reading

Capacity Crunch in Drayage

Much has been written lately about the domestic trucking capacity problem.  The strong economy combined with the aging driver population and increasing regulations have made finding domestic capacity challenging for many cargo types and lanes. While the shortage has been evident in domestic long haul and bulk truck segments, capacity for the drayage of international shipments… Continue Reading

Charleston Port Dredging Contracts

The Port of Charleston, SC, is taking the final steps to become the deepest port on the East Coast. On October 30, 2017, Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), officially announced the awarding of a second contract for the deepening of the Port of Charleston. With a previous contract… Continue Reading

Severe Weather Alert: Transportation Impacts 09/12/2017

Irma weakened to a tropical depression Monday night, with 35 mph winds and heavy rainfall as it continued northwest along its path. As Florida begins to assess damage left by Irma, officials in Georgia expanded the state of emergency to include all counties as the state grappled with flooding and power outages. Despite Irma’s westward… Continue Reading

Severe Weather Alert: Transportation Impacts 09/11/2017

As Hurricane Irma lays its assault on the Florida peninsula, it threatens the region’s primary commerce corridors with tropical conditions forecasted to reach Memphis and Charlotte over the next few days. Also, Harvey relief efforts may be impacted by the latest storm. Recovery from both systems could last months. Transportation Mode Updates from Carrier Assessments… Continue Reading