Through much of the 1990s and early 2000s, short-sea shipping was the next great thing for U.S. ports. Then it got forced into the shadows. Why the Marine Highway is stuck in reverse, and why we need to give it a better shot.
Coverage of barge and cargo shipping, as well as the coastal trade industry.
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News & Analysis
27 Nov 2018
Resurrected by Maersk three years ago as a regional operator, SeaLand has gone global, and the result is SeaLand Americas, SeaLand Asia, and SeaLand Europe and Med. However, the rebrand does not change the three’s operational strategies.
27 Nov 2018
The low water in German rivers will not improve before Christmas, something that's likely to frustrate shippers trying to move containers in and out of northern Europe.
21 Nov 2018
The trial program applies to Bangladeshi goods transiting through the border checkpoint at Petrapole — known as a “land customs station (LCS)” — for transshipment via the ports of Kolkata and Nhava Sheva-JNPT.
20 Nov 2018
Red Hook, the port’s smallest terminal, believes barges can help alleviate the expected pressure on the port’s four main, New Jersey-based terminals and also reduce the New York metropolitan area’s truck congestion.
12 Nov 2018
With the cabotage relaxation, implemented May 21, foreign-flag carriers can transport laden export/import containers for transshipment and empty containers for repositioning between Indian ports without any specific permission or license.
07 Nov 2018
Executives from Imperial Logistics International participated in a wide-ranging question and answer session concerning the mounting intermodal transport challenges facing shippers and forwarders moving cargo around Europe.
06 Nov 2018
New port data collected indicate Chennai is slowly establishing a footprint in transshipment handling.
05 Nov 2018
India officials say the establishment of an alternative, river transport will help reduce highway congestion and improve supply chain efficiency.
26 Oct 2018
The low water has stopped all barge transport on a huge section of the critical European waterway stretching between Kaub and the Swiss town of Basel, leaving high and dry shippers scrambling for truck transport that is in critically short supply.
25 Oct 2018
The Rhine River is now lower than the previous record levels set in 2003 as the dry spell that began in August has extended through October, and barges cannot travel past Ludwigshafen, south of Frankfurt.
19 Oct 2018
The new Amsterdam link will provide greater service resilience for the Netherlands-Italy rail option, as the connections to the two Dutch ports will run on different routes, enabling a flexible response to any rail-related or port-related delays, according to Samskip UK trade manager David Besseling.
18 Oct 2018
Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals, which officially opened in February, has added a fortnightly coastal service from domestic shortsea ship operator Shreyas Shipping and Logistics.
11 Oct 2018
“We want to use the Colombo port for transshipment of goods towards Europe and America, as it will help us cut lead time by nearly 10 days,” said Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president Siddiqur Rahman.
01 Oct 2018
The port and government officials have created an advisory committee, called the North Atlantic Marine Highway Alliance, to stimulate barge use and reduce truck traffic and the pollution and congestion it creates.
16 Aug 2018
DFDS underscored its confidence, moving forward by placing an order today for a sixth ro-ro vessel that is designed to carry about 450 trucking trailers just two months after the order for a fifth sister ship at China’s Jingling shipyard.
02 Aug 2018
The new loop with calls at Antwerp, Dunkirk, Teesport, and Grangemouth will start with weekly sailings every Wednesday (Antwerp) and Thursday (Dunkirk) on Aug 15.
11 May 2018
The synchronized, regional recovery that’s boosted global container shipping has also ramped-up short-sea container volumes to the benefit of Europe’s feeder ship sector. Still, the good times are hardly problem-free and there are hurdles ahead.
22 Mar 2018
The total effective tax on ocean going vessel businesses was almost 27 percent — something that discouraged business executives from investing in the sector. According to officials, the effective high tax rate also discouraged many vessel owners from registering their vessels in Bangladesh.