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Why so many shipowners find Panama’s flag convenient

About 8,600 ships fly the Panamanian flag. By comparison, the US has around 3,400 registered vessels and China just over 3,700.

Excerpts from the BBC:

Most merchant ships flying Panama’s flag belong to foreign owners wishing to avoid the stricter marine regulations imposed by their own countries.

Panama operates what is known as an […]


Strong growth for US West Coast ports in June

Containerized imports moving through West Coast ports in June were up 10 percent from June 2013, according to statistics published on the PMA website. Exports increased 3 percent, and total container volume moving through West Coast ports was up 7 percent compared to June 2013.

Furthermore, it appears that container traffic at West Coast ports […]