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US Container Traffic Boosted by Back-to-School Rush
A bump in imports to the U.S. could be on the horizon, following a strong back-to-school season that indicate cargo volumes could reach 2 million TEUs during September and October.
Moody’s: Carbon Offsets Open Supply Chains Up to Financial, Reputational Risks
A new report from Moody's finds that companies that rely on buying carbon offsets as an emisisons-reduction strategy could face financial and reputational harm.
5 Tips to Help Your Supply Chain Navigate Panama Canal Restrictions
As the drought continues to hamper ocean vessel traffic in the Panama Canal, AlixPartners offers tips on how shippers can manage the current crisis.
Panama Canal Backlog Threatens Holiday Inventories
Low water levels have caused a backlog of container vessels at the Panama Canal, and that could impact the ability of businesses to restock inventories in time for the holiday shopping season.

Ocean Resources

2023 Container Shipping Outlook: This Time is Different
The days of maximum turmoil in the container shipping industry appear to have passed, but that doesn’t...
What’s the Return-on-Investment of an Ocean Freight Tracking System?
In this paper, we aim to demonstrate how the strategic use of OFTS can drive tangible business benefits....

Ocean News

Peak Logistics Season vs. Peak Baseball Season
The Port of Oakland's cargo division has expressed its concern and has ongoing meetings with all stakeholders scheduled to take place this fall.

How New Regulations Will Impact Shipping, the Environment, and Freight Rates
The International Maritime Organization, IMO – the UN agency responsible for ensuring a clean, safe, and efficient global shipping industry – will be implementing new regulations that will have a massive impact on maritime shipping.

IMO 2020: What Every Carrier and Shipper Needs To Know
This whitepaper details that the lack of industry standard for fuel-surcharges computation or a clear picture of the underlying costs for low-sulfur fuel allows participants to only roughly estimate its economic impact.

CMA CGM & Freightos Sign Landmark Agreement Advancing Shipping Industry Digitization
This development represents a real change for the industry because, for the first time, global shipping on key trade lanes functions like passenger travel or ecommerce, where customers can obtain guaranteed prices within seconds.

Optimizing IT for Improved Cargo Management
In this case study, Pacific Star Technologies details how it built an optimal IT system for Kaohsiung Harbor by leveraging their rich experience with Advantech-DLoG vehicle-mount terminals.

E2open to Acquire INTTRA Bringing Global Ocean Shipping to the Largest Business Network
The Combination of E2open and INTTRA forms the Global Logistics and Supply Chain Network with Access to World-Wide Ocean Container Capacity and information.

Kuehne + Nagel Deploys Blockchain Technology for VGM Portal and Container Weighing Requirements
Kuehne + Nagel say it’s using blockchain to ease sharing of weight data for ocean shipping containers, the Swiss freight forwarding giant says “blockchain technology” has been applied to its verified gross mass (VGM) portal.

Ocean Cargo Carriers Must Optimize Networks
Carriers will have some hard decisions for the remainder of 2017, they must continue to drive down costs through effective post-merger integration and fleet rationalization to bring supply and demand into balance, and continuously optimize networks to make them more efficient.

Outlook for Ocean Freight Carriers Remains Fragile
Global container shipping outlook for 2017 will be like rearranging the deck chairs with only a few seats in the sun, carriers that have weathered the storm will have a difficult task in front of them, but the playbook remains clearly defined according to a new study by AlixPartners.

COSCO Announces Offer to Buy OOCL for $6.3 Billion
China's major shipping operator COSCO Shipping Holdings and Shanghai International Port (Group) Co jointly announced a takeover offer today to all the shareholders of Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line Co (OOCL).

Consolidation in the Liner Industry
Container shipping remains remarkably fragmented, with the top five operators accounting for less than half the global market, and this presents considerable opportunity for further consolidation.

Petya Ransomware Cyber Attack Hits Maersk Line
While all vessel operations will continue, making “the majority” of port calls, the shipping line says it has “shut down” IT and communications infrastructure as a security measure.

“Perfect Storm” of Cyber Security, Regulation and Cost Cutting Impacts Global Shipping
The Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s fifth annual Safety & Shipping Review 2017 reveals cyber, autonomous vessels and piracy risks concern maritime industry as economic pressures challenge budgets.

Autonomous Ships
Are autonomous, unmanned ships the future? Do the efficiencies and savings stack up? Is broader connectivity and technology infrastructure, regulators and insurers keeping up? Or is the unmanned ship a distraction from the far wider disruption taking place?

YARA Birkeland: First Zero Emission Autonomous Vessel Replaces 40,000 Trucking Trips
YARA and KONGSBERG have entered into a partnership to build world's first autonomous and zero emissions ship called "YARA Birkeland" - YARA will reduce diesel-powered truck haulage by 40,000 journeys a year and KONGSBERG will integrate sensor, control, communication and electrical systems.

Maersk Partners With Microsoft to Bring More Digitization to Its Global Supply Chain
With Microsoft’s cloud computing services and Azure platform, Maersk has a powerful set of tools for turning its vast operational and commercial data into more efficient operations and better products and services for customers.

Maersk Line to Pay $4 Billion for Hamburg Süd
Maersk has finalized its purchase of container shipping line Hamburg Süd from the Oetker Group after both boards approved a Sale and Purchase Agreement today.

Norway to Build World’s First Tunnel for Shipping
Norway is creating an ambitious project that will create 1,700-metre long passageway underneath rocky peninsula for cruise and freight ships by 2023.

Maersk and Ericsson Team with Silicon Valley’s Plug And Play for Supply Chain & Logistics Program
Partners from a wide variety of industries come together to create the 11th Plug and Play vertical focused on global startups that aim to rebuild the technology behind supply chain and logistics.

Changing the Ocean Shipping Game, Amazon, Alibaba, Maersk, and CMA CGM Leading the Way
Online booking will bypass freight forwarders using Alibaba's shipping platform, One Touch, the world's largest e-commerce platform, Maersk and CMA CGM have signed letters of understanding to work together with Alibaba, and Amazon China is now a year into their new venture as a freight forwarder, game changing events for sure.

Featured Companies

A freight forwarder reinvented with technology. iContainers is the cutting edge web platform with which importers exporters compare rates in real time and manage their maritime shipments quickly and easily from beginning to end. The technology at iContainers makes it…
PSA International
PSA is a leading global port group and a trusted partner to cargo stakeholders around the world. With flagship operations in Singapore and Antwerp, PSA’s portfolio comprises a network of over 50 coastal, rail and inland terminals in 19 countries.
Maersk Line
Maersk Line, the global containerized division of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, is dedicated to delivering the highest level of customer-focused and reliable ocean transportation services. The Maersk Line fleet comprises more than 600 vessels and a number of containers…
UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions for the transportation of packages and freight, including innovative delivery options for the global consumer market; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology…
Hackett Associates
Hackett Associates was established in August 2007 to provide expert consulting research and advisory services to the international maritime industry, government agencies and international institutions. Founder Ben Hackett brings over thirty-five years of experience in liner shipping, ports, international economics, trade…
Sinotrans Integrated Logistics Australia (SILA) is a part of the Sinotrans & CSC global network. Established in 1950, Sinotrans & CSC, with HQ located in Beijing is China’s largest shipping and logistics group.
Shipping your goods around the globe doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. LILLY specializes in international transportation solutions, customs clearance, warehousing and distribution, e-commerce fulfillment, and foreign trade zone operations. With more than 20 years of experience, we work…
Gemini Shippers Group
Gemini Shippers Group is a not-for-profit organization that has become a leading logistics player in international trade by serving its members for nearly 100 years. The group includes the Gemini Shippers Association and the Fashion Accessories Shippers Association (FASA).
Kuehne Nagel
With over 63,000 employees at more than 1000 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world’s leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses, with a clear…
Founded in 1981, eCustoms is a privately-owned company with a wealth of experience providing export compliance software solutions to companies and institutions. Our global export compliance solutions are scalable, intuitive, and user-friendly, and can be tailored to meet the needs of…
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