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April 10, 2019

"Competitiveness" has become a hot topic for US states, municipalities, and ports. With slower post-recession economic and trade growth, there no longer seems to be more than enough business to go around. Now, we are obsessed with market shares.

January 10, 2019

There are far too many surprises in container shipping. The last quarter of 2018 was huge. Pre-tariff inventory buildup has stressed carriers, ports, truckers, chassis pools, and DC operators. We’ve seen a stream of “extra loaders”, vessels inserted into a rotation to...

September 12, 2018

The container shipping industry lives somewhere in the tri-state area of Chaos, Flux, and Transition. While everyone would rather live somewhere in Stability, there seems to be no consensus on where it is or how to get there.

For the carriers, Stability means profitable...

April 6, 2018

The first victims of the Administration’s trade war will be ocean carriers, ports, terminals, truckers, and railroads. There are seldom any winners in a trade war – although both sides will claim victory in the end – but there will surely be a loss of trade and damage...

January 7, 2018

Going into 2018 the container shipping industry faces a fundamental problem: too many large vessels. The carriers have invested heavily in “megaships” to reduce slot costs and emissions, and continue to take delivery of ever-larger examples. The oversupply of vessels o...

October 10, 2017

Vessel dwell time is a hot button for the container shipping industry. Besides the cost involved on both the land side and the water side, there are serious concerns about the ability of terminals to handle new megaships promptly and efficiently.

The Automatic Identific...

June 9, 2017

It seems impossible to read a trade journal or attend a conference without a discussion of autonomous vehicles and what they might mean for the freight industry. Despite occasional setbacks and incidents, there have been enormous strides made in autonomous vehicle tech...

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