Brendan Murray

Government, Business, Logistics

Bottlenecks Wear Down World Economy’s Fleet of Containerships

Gantry cranes sit idle at a container terminal in Long Beach, Calif. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg News) Gantry cranes sit idle at a container terminal in Long Beach, Calif. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg News)

Container shipping, the backbone of the global trading system, is showing signs of fatigue as the pandemic descends into its darkest days.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
December 22, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Drones Could Help Bridge the Economic, Social Divides for Vaccine Distribution

Drone in the air Drones could be used to get the COVID-19 vaccines to remote and impoverished areas off Florida's coast. (Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg News)

The challenge of ensuring equitable distribution of the coronavirus vaccine is one of global scale, and the city of Miami provides a backdrop for the social and economic divides that the medical community must overcome.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
December 16, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Boatloads of Cargo Off Los Angeles Grind Gears of World Economy

Cargo ships can be seen anchored off the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles in Signal Hill, Calif., on Nov. 20. Cargo ships can be seen anchored off the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles in Signal Hill, Calif., on Nov. 20. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

A flotilla of almost a dozen cargo vessels sits anchored just south of Los Angeles this weekend, waiting for berth space. Around the twin ports of L.A. and Long Beach, shipping containers already are stacked five and six high — the maximum the fire department will allow.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
November 23, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Vital World Trade Route Roiled by Container Crunch

Shipping containers sit at the Port of Haifa in Israel on Nov. 5. Shipping containers sit at the Port of Haifa in Israel on Nov. 5. (Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg News)

The humble shipping container has a new status in the COVID-19 pandemic: hot commodity.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
November 9, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Vaccine Cargo Cavalry Sizes Up Readiness of Historic Airlift

An inside view of a Boeing 747 cargo jet hull. An inside view of a Boeing 747 cargo jet hull. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

The medical industry’s dash to produce the world’s first coronavirus vaccines in just a few months is heightening the urgency for the workhorses of global trade to be ready for the historic charge to defeat the disease.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
October 14, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Shipping Industry Hit With Second Cyberattack in Week

Hacking activity was reported for the second time in a week at a global shipping operation. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

The global shipping industry sustained a second cyberattack within a week that’s raising concern about disruptions to supply chains already straining to move goods heading into the usual peak season for consumer demand.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
October 1, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Crunch Time Coming for World’s Supply Chains

Trucks stand in a queue while waiting to cross the border from Hungary into Romania on April 8. Trucks stand in a queue while waiting to cross the border from Hungary into Romania on April 8. (Akos Stiller/Bloomberg News)

COVID-19 is about to put the global trading system through its most dramatic stress test since World War II, with supply lines for essential food and medical goods entering a critical phase as the pandemic peaks in the U.S. and Europe.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
April 16, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

WTO: Slump in Global Goods Trade to Deepen With Coronavirus

A Maersk container ship sails in Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, China, in July 2018. A Maersk container ship sails in Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, China, in July 2018. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

Global trade in goods will likely stay weak in coming months as disruptions from coronavirus in China staunch the movement of international commerce already slowed by tariffs and uncertainty, according to the World Trade Organization.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
February 18, 2020
Business

Cass Freight Index Signals US Economic Contraction by Year’s End

Trucks at the Port of Long Beach TT File Photo

The Cass Freight Index, a monthly measure of rail, trucking and airfreight volume, dropped 3% in August from a year earlier, the ninth consecutive month of declines.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
September 16, 2019
Government, Business

US and China Locked in New Tariff Stare-Down

Trade War Tim Rue/Bloomberg News

Labor Day picnic products are just a sampling of the more than 3,200 categories of Chinese goods targeted for the new tariff starting Sept. 1, barring a last-minute flinch by President Donald Trump.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
August 30, 2019

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