Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Large Ocean Vessels Create Challenges for Shippers

Large Ocean Vessels A ship at the Port of Long Beach. (Mindy Long)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Ports throughout the United States are prepared to accept megaships carrying 18,000 TEUs or more, but while the larger vessels create efficiencies for maritime providers, they take more time to unload and can create bottlenecks for those at the port and the drivers hauling the loads. 

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 19, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Ocean Shippers Fear Engine Failures as Industry Forced to Upgrade Fuel

Ocean Shippers Teekay Shipping's European Spirit suezmax oil tanker. (Teekay Shipping Ltd.)

Add oil tankers breaking down at sea to the list of things shipping companies are worrying about as they brace for a once-in-a-generation overhaul to the kind of fuel the industry must consume.

Ellen Milligan | Bloomberg News
September 11, 2018
Business, Equipment, TCA

Ships Carrying 50,000 Containers Are on Horizon, Report Says

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News

Container ships just keep getting bigger and bigger. Today’s top dog, the OOCL Hong Kong, can carry a mind-boggling 21,413 boxes – far more than the largest ship ever to call on the Port of Hampton Roads.

Robert McCabe | The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot
November 29, 2017

New Containership Service to Be ‘Fruitful’ for Central America, Port Everglades

Port Everglades shipping containers A new vessel-sharing agreement is expected to benefit Port Everglades. (Ty Wright/Bloomberg News)

Cargo chartering company King Ocean Services Ltd. has entered into a vessel-sharing agreement with Crowley Caribbean Services to offer less-than-containerload service between Port Everglades, Fla., and Central America.

August 11, 2017

Cosco Shipping Reaches Preliminary $6 Billion Deal With OOCL; Effect on Trucking Unclear

Cosco has bid $6.3 billion for Oriental Overseas international Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg News

West Coast seaport officials and trucking executives are monitoring Cosco Shipping’s $6.3 billion bid to purchase Orient Overseas International Ltd. to see how the consolidation would affect their businesses.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
July 13, 2017

S.C. Ports Set Record for Annual TEUs Handled

S.C. Ports Set Record for Handling TEUs South Carolina Ports Authority

South Carolina ports topped an 11-year-old record for the 12 months ended June 30 by handling 2.14 million 20-foot-equivalent units of containerized freight.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
July 12, 2017

Maersk Says Systems Back in Action After Cyberattack

A Maersk containership at sunset Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Maersk Line, one of the world’s largest container shipping companies, said June 28 its cargo booking system was back up and running after a global cyberattack crippled its IT networks a day earlier

June 29, 2017