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EGT terminal gives NW grain an edge, rep says

The grain export terminal at Longview, Wash., gives Northwest grain growers an edge in marketing their crop, a representative of the company that built the $200 million complex says.

The Pacific Northwest is the second-largest export corridor behind the Gulf of Mexico. Cresswell said the region can load Asia-bound vessels fuller than gulf ports because […]


Feds: Jones Act didn’t hurt oil clean-up

Remember shortly after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and others were trying to repeal a U.S. shipping maritime law because they said it hindered relief efforts?

The federal commission investigating the spill on Tuesday released a report stating that the Jones Act didn’t prevent foreign-flag vessels from assisting in […]


Panama Canal project may benefit Pittsburgh PA

Companies that export goods from China and the rest of Asia are looking for routes to the East Coast and Midwest that are cheaper and more reliable than the crowded West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to port planner and consultant M. John Vickerman.

So when the $5.25 billion expansion of […]


Shipping remains normal as Gulf spill closes in on New Orleans port

As a damaged BP rig spills an estimated 20,000 to 40,000 barrels a day into the Gulf of Mexico, barge shipments from Midwest port cities so far remain largely unaffected by the growing spill.

The U.S. Coast Guard has stopped three ocean-going vessels for cleaning since the rig erupted, but barge traffic in the Port […]


CMA CGM adds Asia – Gulf of Mexico calls

Global shipping line CMA CGM has announced that Mobile, USA (Alabama) and Pusan, Korea will be added to its PEX3 service (Asia-Gulf of Mexico) effective May 20, 2010.

The shipping line said that the upgrade will allow a wider port coverage with the best transit times between Asia and the US Gulf coast where CMA […]


Reality Check:US Trade Volume So Far Unfazed by Gulf Oil Spill

This NASA photo from May 11 shows the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. Grain exporters and farmers have feared the impacts on shipping.

An export-led recovery in U.S. containerized trade volumes appears to be taking root, and though imports still show only uneven progress, the massive oil […]


SE Grain Exports Threatened by Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

The biggest grain-shipping port in the U.S. may be disrupted by the spread of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to depress domestic prices by encouraging importers to buy from South America.

More than half of the grain inspected for export from the U.S., the world’s largest grower of corn and […]


Shipping Could Face Greatest Spill Impact

This WINK news graphic shows the projected path of the oil that's contaminating the Gulf of Mexico. Click on the image to read the WINK news story.

“The biggest near-term risk from the oil spill is the potential for the disruption of shipping traffic in and out of the Port of New Orleans,” said […]


U.S. Gulf of Mexico ports investing now to capitalize on turnaround

With the recession showing signs of ebbing, Gulf of Mexico ports hope hundreds of millions of dollars in expansion projects proposed before the downturn will help them capture more trade as the world economy recovers. A US$5.25 billion project to expand the Panama Canal will allow the largest container ships to cut through to the […]


Port of South Louisiana: Gateway to US import/export

“We’re the Western Hemisphere’s largest tonnage port district and top gateway for US export and import traffic,” says Joel T. Chaisson, Port of South Louisiana Executive Director. “Our bulk dock has added more capability and we’re in the process of building a finger pier. We’re also working on a major project for a container and […]