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Car Carriers Profit From Record Global Demand as Shipping Slumps: Freight

Auto ship at the Port of Hueneme

Ships capable of hauling 4,000 cars across the world’s oceans may make the most money next year since the global recession as production reaches a record and demand from emerging markets swells cargoes.

Car carriers will earn an average of $11,000 a day this year and […]


Australia: Premiers urge PM to act as strikes sweep nation

MUA is one of several Australian unions to participate in job actions recently. This photo from yesterday shows crew members of the Araluen Spirit at Shell’s Gore Cove terminal. Photo: Dallas Kilponen, Sydney Morning Herald.

As industrial unrest swept Australia, anger over stalled pay negotiations prompted more than 120,000 workers across more than two […]


Horizon Lines to End Trans-Pacific Services

The JOC reports that Horizon’s exit from the Guam trade will leave Matson Navigation as the only U.S.-flag carrier between the U.S. mainland and Guam.

Horizon Lines is discontinuing its money-losing trans-Pacific service, a route that sought to sail in a niche market underneath the scope of larger container lines by linking the U.S. West […]


Anti-coal campaign coming to Spokane

The Sierra Club is bringing its anti-coal campaign to Spokane Thursday, urging local residents to oppose terminals at Washington seaports that would ship coal to Asia.

Coal producers are seeking permits to build terminals near Bellingham and Longview to ship up to 130 million tons of coal mined in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin to China, […]