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Maersk Line at the Port of Oakland.
How prudent is the move by selected container lines to redefine and reposition themselves as end-to-end logistics providers? Does it represent a necessary competitive adjustment, in order to be compensated in kind and defend against disruption by new industry actors? Or does it risk losing sight of the underlying container shipping business?
Trucks travel on a US highway.
The changes across the US transportation landscape, from a trade war with mainland China to seemingly unstoppable e-commerce growth, require from logistics managers a drill-like precision and agility and closer collaboration with carriers.
The Port of Oakland.
Rising operating costs that are siphoning off profitability will see carriers having a much greater hold on capacity going into what is looking like a volatile 2019.
Trucks travel in California, United States.
Freight growth may slow in 2019, but shippers should be vigilant in seeking new routes owing to constrained capacity.

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Maritime News
A container ship approaching a port.
The global shipping lobby is keeping up the pressure on European competition regulators that are deliberating over whether to end the liner block exemption when it expires in 2020 or extend it for another five years.
The Port of Los Angeles.
Providers such as Advent and GE Transportation are each constructing a system of systems at North American ports.
Maersk Line SeaLand.
It's the latest sign of an ocean carrier strategy of trying to cut costs by pushing shippers to secure slots digitally.
Trucks delivering and picking up containers at a port
There is almost assuredly no one system that will solve inefficiencies, especially in a large port complex with a dozen independently operated terminals like Southern California, speakers at the JOC Port Performance North American Conference in Newark, New Jersey, said this week.

Trucking News

Trucking Logistics
A container ship near India.
The port community system, PCS 1x, has had a shaky nationwide start.
Port of Veracruz.
Can Mexico’s highways, railways, and related systems improve to handle higher trade volumes?
A truck with cargo at the Port of Los Angeles.
As the initial experience indicates, North American port extended gates adoption, despite increasing container volume and truck congestion, is coming in fits and starts.
Trucks at a port.
A reservation system is one tool to improve fluidity, according to port officials, but the trucking community believes restricting access is a step in the wrong direction.

Port News

Port News
A container ship near India.
The port community system, PCS 1x, has had a shaky nationwide start.
Maersk containers, vessel at port of Paranagua.
After a damaging truck strike, holiday trade gains are expected to be sub-par — although it is historically a time of demand growth.
Krishnapatnam Port.
Despite the lower growth, India's logistics reform measures have increased competition across transport modes — something cargo owners and logistics providers welcome.
The Port of Los Angeles.
Providers such as Advent and GE Transportation are each constructing a system of systems at North American ports.

Technology News

Technology
A container ship near India.
The port community system, PCS 1x, has had a shaky nationwide start.
Trucks travel on a road in California, United States.
The Phoenix-based company broke into the top 10 of North American brokers in 2018.
Containers stacked at a port.
One shipping-trade group representing foreign carriers in trade to/from India, questioned why authorities went live with the revamped, single window system without an adequate trial-run process.
Port of Antwerp.
Among other findings, the McKinsey report provided further evidence supporting the thesis that automation technology incorporation in container shipping, and in particular at marine terminals, will likely be part science and part art.

Breakbulk News

Breakbulk
Technology and international shipping.
TecPier plans to invest in maritime digitization opportunities in energy efficiency, online marketplaces, and process optimization.
A heavy-lift ship.
The concerns have weighed on oil prices, and the health of the global energy market strongly affects the movement of project cargo.
A heavy lift ship.
Both clauses are designed to be "simple and practical" and ease the global fleet's Jan. 1, 2020 transition to a low-sulfur fuel era, BIMCO said.
Hansa Heavy Lift HHL Kobe.
Founded in 2011, Hansa Heavy Lift was the successor to Bremen-based Beluga Shipping.