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Bill introduced to study opening interstate market to truck drivers under age 21

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to study the viability of allowing truck drivers under the age of 21 to operate in interstate commerce.

Currently, in the lower 48 states, an individual can obtain a commercial driver’s license at the age of 18 but can only operate a vehicle in the state where [...]

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Shippers question multiple surcharges levied by Asia-Europe lines

Excerpts from the Journal of Commerce:

One major global shipper compared the container shipping freight market to a car dealership. “The basic product is not profitable, but if you can sign the customer up for a sufficient number of additionals, you’ll survive,” he told JOC.com.

[S]urcharges contained, among other items, terminal handling fees at both [...]

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Port of Oakland adopts $470 million budget for FY 2016

Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners has approved a $470 million Fiscal Year 2016 budget for the Port of Oakland. It takes effect July 1.

The Port budget includes $167 million for capital improvements, including $32 million for continuing development of Port property at the former Oakland Army Base. The Port is constructing a major West [...]

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LA terminal expansion to allow better handling of increasingly larger vessels

The Port of Los Angeles announced this week it will begin construction this summer on a two-year, $127 million project to improve the marine terminal operated by Yusen Terminals, so that it can more efficiently handle larger vessels.

West Coast marine terminals’ inability to handle larger vessels was one of the main contributors to port [...]

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US Labor chief, Congressman reject bills targeting port negotiations

U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez during at visit to the Port of Los Angeles on Monday. Click on the image to view the rest of the gallery by Press-Telegram photographer Thomas R. Cordova.

Text from an article titled ”US Labor chief rejects bills seeking port labor-management system reform” in the Journal of Commerce: [...]

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BNSF exec warns of congestion coming to East Coast

From the Journal of Commerce:

The same congestion that snarled U.S. Pacific Coast ports earlier this year is headed for ports on the East Coast, a BNSF Railway executive warned earlier this week.

“Port congestion, many have said, is not over,” Dean Wise, BNSF vice president of network strategy said Tuesday at the Council of [...]

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Asia-Europe to take hit as Cosco places mega ship order

Cosco has reportedly ordered nine 20,000-teu ships, with an option for four additional vessels of the same size, according to several news media.

The ultra-large container ship newbuilding order comes just days after Maersk Line ordered 11 similarly-sized vessels of 19,630-teu each. That order came after CMA CGM confirmed it had ordered six 14,000-teu ships, [...]

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Port of Charleston gains approval to deepen harbor

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given the green light to the Port of Charleston to deepen its harbor, a project port officials say is key to remaining a top destination for container ships on the East Coast.

The decision allows the South Carolina Ports Authority to deepen its harbor from 45 feet to [...]

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Panama Canal gets US grant for LNG terminal study

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced it has been awarded a grant by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to support the planning for a LNG import terminal.

When the Panama Canal expansion project is completed next year, the Canal is expected to handle significant LNG tanker traffic. In order to capitalise on [...]

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California ports moving beyond landlord status to address productivity problems

Excerpts from an article in the Journal of Commerce:

Even before they endured four months of embarrassing and costly work slowdowns during contract negotiations between the ILWU and the PMA in 2014-15, California’s landlord container ports knew they had a congestion problem. They are now addressing the main cause of port congestion, which is outdated [...]

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Sierra Club would block Port of Stockton rail expansion

The Sierra Club wants to stop the Port of Stockton’s planned $7.4 million rail project, one that would double the port’s rail freight capacity, until the agency conducts a full environmental review of its potential impacts.

The group filed a lawsuit in San Joaquin County Superior Court requesting the project be stopped.

Port commissioners awarded [...]

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La Porte dockworkers may keep jobs after terminal shutdown

APM Terminals is shuttering its Houston-area La Porte operations by July 24, but handing over the container and cargo-handling operations over to the Port of Houston Authority at the Barbours Cut terminal facility.

APM Terminals had leased the facilities from the Port of Houston Authority. In a prepared statement, Port Authority spokeswoman Lisa Ashley said [...]

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Port of Seattle hires new economic development director

From the Yakima Herald:

Longtime New Vision president Dave McFadden is resigning to become the Port of Seattle’s new economic development director.

During his time at New Vision, McFadden is credited with helping recruit 13 companies to the Yakima Valley that employ nearly 2,000 people, including Amtech, a manufacturing company in Wapato, and more recently, [...]

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Hapag-Lloyd warns of Port of Oakland delays

Hapag-Lloyd said that the labor shortages that continue to impact the Port of Oakland have resulted at times in 2-gang limit allocations per vessel by PMA.

“In addition, yard congestion and overutilization of the local chassis pools have further deteriorated turn times causing import cargo to dwell for both rail and local door,” the company [...]

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Port and TOTE officials to speak July 1 in Federal Way

Officials from the Port of Tacoma, Port of Seattle and Totem Ocean Trailer Express will meet July 1 in Federal Way to discuss “the economic impact of port commerce in the business corridor between Seattle and Tacoma and the global marketplace.”

The meeting, hosted by the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, will be held [...]

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