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Trudeau demands rail blockades end as port cargo backlog builds

Fri, 21 Feb 2020

Trudeau demands rail blockades end as port cargo backlog builds

[caption caption="Container dwell times in Vancouver increased Friday at facilities served by Canadian Pacific Railway as protesters conducted a short-lived blockade in the railroad’s western corridor. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."]  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is working with railroad operators to find alternatives to blocked rail lines as he...

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Houston balks at bond plan to fund channel widening

Fri, 21 Feb 2020

Houston balks at bond plan to fund channel widening

[caption caption="Growing traffic in the channel of the Port of Houston is increasing the urgency for the port to finish a project that will widen the channel. Photo credit: Port of Houston."][/caption]The Port of Houston Authority (POHA) wants a coalition of non-container users to revise its plan for generating half...

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Logistics investors pour funds into yard automation startup

Fri, 21 Feb 2020

Logistics investors pour funds into yard automation startup

[caption caption="Environmental and cost factors are driving the need for more efficient use of warehouse and distribution space, with autonomous technology seen as one solution to the problem. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]A yard automation startup this week landed a $53 million funding round, a sign that making the interchange of containers...

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Indian shippers get relief to help clear Chinese container backlog

Fri, 21 Feb 2020

Indian shippers get relief to help clear Chinese container backlog

[caption caption="February port throughput at India’s JNPT through Friday morning was slightly lower than the same month last year at 293,077 TEU, down from 299,094 TEU. Photo credit: JNPT."][/caption]As customs clearance delays for Chinese imports threaten to clog port container yards and off-site freight locations, the Indian government has stepped...

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TPM20 Preview: What to Expect

Fri, 21 Feb 2020

TPM20 Preview: What to Expect

IHS Markit Vice President Peter Tirschwell on what to expect at this year's TPM Conference (1-4 March 2020, Long Beach, Calif). For the full agenda visit: www.joc-tpm.com/agenda ...

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Coronavirus creating unprecedented container shipping disruption

Fri, 21 Feb 2020

Coronavirus creating unprecedented container shipping disruption

[caption caption="As attendees prepare for the upcoming TPM20 in Long Beach March 1-4, the industry is in the grips of yet another external shock, as China remains in the early stages of restarting production following a massive coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]In 2015, when TPM got under way in...

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TPM20 Preview: Afternoon Sessions

Fri, 21 Feb 2020

TPM20 Preview: Afternoon Sessions

JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi on afternoon sessions and case studies to be held at TPM20, 1-4 March 2020, Long Beach, California. For the full agenda visit: www.joc-tpm.com/agenda ...

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Rail blockade forces Halifax ship diversions

Thu, 20 Feb 2020

Rail blockade forces Halifax ship diversions

[caption caption="Cargo is piling up at the Port of Halifax as a result of rail blockades and Atlantic Container Line (ACL) has decided that two vessels will not stop there. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Atlantic Container Line (ACL) has diverted two vessels bound for the Port of Halifax from Europe, the first...

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Big ships, alliances limit growth of ‘free flow’ drayage on West Coast

Thu, 20 Feb 2020

Big ships, alliances limit growth of ‘free flow’ drayage on West Coast

[caption caption="SSA Marine said truckers who participate in free flow drayage in West Coast ports such as Oakland (above) consistently achieve turn times of 15 to 20 minutes, compared with an hour or longer in conventional operations. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]SSA Marine is attempting to entice truckers and beneficial cargo owners...

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DCLI to leave Chicago cooperative chassis pool

Thu, 20 Feb 2020

DCLI to leave Chicago cooperative chassis pool

[caption caption="DCLI, which runs the DCLP pool, argues that refocusing efforts on its private pool in the Midwest will provide beneficial cargo owners with better service and equipment reliability. Photo credit: Ari Ashe/JOC.com."][/caption]Direct ChassisLink, Inc. (DCLI) will exit the cooperative Chicago and Ohio Valley Chassis Pool (COCP), the company confirmed...

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