This Week In Global Logistics

Port of Seattle LogoPort of Seattle Joins Green Marine – The Port of Seattle has become the first U.S. West Coast port to join Green Marine, a voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry. The initiative addresses nine environmental issues with the goal of continuous improvement and commitment toward sustainability.

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ILA Finally Approves Six Year Contract – On Wednesday, April 10th, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) approved a six-year labor contract. Retailers are hoping this means port operations from Boston to Houston will remain stable.

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Port of Tauranga Opens Expanded Container Terminal – New Zealand’s Port of Tauranga has opened an expanded container terminal facility. The expansion included a $30 million extension to wharf length, a 170 meter increase, a new gantry crane and six new straddle carriers.

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China to Build Biggest Port in Africa – China is going to invest $10 billion to build a new port in Tanzania, just northwest of Dar es Salaam. The port’s main use will be the exporting of raw materials to China and importing manufactured goods from China.

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Flag of IndiaStrike in India – Beginning April 1st, the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) plans to initiate a country-wide transporter strike. The strike is in opposition to hikes in insurance premiums and diesel prices.

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Ceremony for Green Port Gateway Project – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator attended the opening ceremony for the Green Port Gateway on Tuesday, March 26th. The Green Port Gateway is an $83.5 million rail-infrastructure expansion project that will improve the connection between the Port of Long Beach and the Alameda Corridor rail line. The project will also help to reduce congestion and improve the environment near the Port of Long Beach by shifting more cargo from trucks to trains.

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China Inspects Freight Vehicles for Safety – China’s Ministry of Public Security announced a six-month safety sweep of vehicles used to transport freight to begin April1st. The ministry is currently urging police departments to crack down on speeding, overloading and other road misconduct.

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IATA Calls for Improvement in India Aviation – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is attempting to enhance the safety, security and efficiency in Indian aviation. They will start by reviewing their ground handling policy and modernizing cargo processes.

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Port truckingNew Trucking Initiative at Port Metro Vancouver – Port Metro Vancouver has announced a new trucking initiative meant to improve the efficiency and reliability of the container truck sector. The new Smart Fleet’s key initiative is to maximize existing capacity and improve operational efficiencies as the gateway grows.

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New London Gateway Port – A new £1.5bn London Gateway Port with an adjacent warehouse is being built to provide quicker access to South East England. The first phase of the project is due to open later this year. The port is projected to handle 3.5 million containers a year once it is finished.

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Brazil and Nigeria Sign MoU – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and Nigeria’s President Jonathan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) setting up a Bi-National Commission to expand trade, boost investments and strengthen diplomatic ties. The accord is also meant to boost cooperation on energy, aviation, agriculture, electricity, infrastructure development and defense.

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Hong Kong Signs  Cooperation Agreement with Thailand – Hong Kong and Thailand have signed a cooperation agreement under which a joint cooperation committee including senior officers from both sides will be setup to manage collaborative initiatives. The agreement will strengthen trade and economic relations between the two.

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Pirate FlagSomali Pirate Kingpin Announces Retirement – The notorious Somali pirate kingpin, Mohamed Abdi Hassan, has announced his retirement from piracy. Throughout his career, Hassan and his gang amassed millions of dollars in ransoms paid by ship owners for the release of their ships. Apparently, Hassan is encouraging his comrades to give up their lives of piracy as well.

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Peru, Colombia and EU Trade Agreement Takes Effect in March – Peru, Colombia and the European Union (EU) have signed a Multi-Party Trade Agreement that will come into effect in March. The pact is expected to be especially important for economic growth in Peru.

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Port of LA/LB Launch Initiative to Speed up Trucking – PierPass Inc. has announced an initiative to avoid trouble tickets and reduce truck “turn time” at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Trouble tickets are issued for a range of reasons including incomplete or inaccurate information for an import container. When issued a trouble ticket, truckers must resolve the issue before picking up containers.

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Port of LA’s Clean Truck Program Taken to Supreme Court – The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the trucking industry’s case against the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program. The case pertains to whether cities and states have the right to limit truck pollution emitted while hauling cargo. The justices will hear the case in the spring.

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‘Green Ship’ Incentive Approved – The Long Beach Board of Commissioners has approved a Green Ship Award Program aimed at improving air quality by specifically targeting the reduction of smog-causing nitrogen oxides emissions. Under this program, vessels with main engines meeting Tier 2 or Tier 3 standards established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will be eligible for incentives ranging from $2,500 to $6,000 per ship call. Tier 2 engines were introduced in 2011 and reduce emissions by 15%, while Tier 3 engines will be introduced in 2016 and will reduce emissions by 80%.

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Senator Pushes for U.S. Freight Plan – Washington’s Senator Maria Cantwell is urging the Department of Transportation to create a multimodal national freight transportation plan to help shippers import and export more efficiently. She states that planning is needed because national freight congestion cost the US roughly $200 billion annually. Freight volume is forecasted to grow about 27% by 2040.

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U.S.-Canada Air Cargo Security Improvements – Canada and the United States have announced a new mutual recognition initiative on air cargo security. Under the new initiative, cargo shipped on passenger aircrafts will now be screened only once at the point of origin and will not need to be rescreened upon arrival in the other country. This will reduce delays and economic costs caused by both countries screening the same cargo twice.

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Canadian Pacific Railway Strike Continues – The restart of Canadian Pacific Railway service has been delayed due to a stalled back-to-work legislation in the Canadian Senate intended to end the eight day strike by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC). Labor minister Lisa Raitt estimates the strike costs the Canadian Government about $540 million per week.

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