The Panama Canal Authority considers inadmissible the safety study presented on Wednesday, April 27 in Panama City, by the Brazilian company Fundação Homem de Mar (FHM) and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), which puts into question the safety of transit through the new locks.
The latest Airline Business Confidence Index produced by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) was made public this month (April), the associated survey revealing that airline heads of cargo and chief financial officers appear likely to report year on year gains in profitability over the first quarter of this year. However, expectations relating to cargo business growth are said to be like the airfreight market itself somewhat mixed.
On one end of a dock at Americas busiest port, tractor-trailers haul containers through dense, stop-and-go traffic. Sometimes they collide. Sometimes the drivers must wait, diesel engines idling, as piles are unstacked to find the specific container they need. A few hundred yards away, advanced algorithms select the most efficient pathway for autonomous carriers to move containers across the wharf.
According to data by the South Korean Ministry of Public Safety and Security, the number of maritime accidents has doubled during 2015 when compared to the previous three years. A total of 2,740 maritime accidents occurred in 2015, while the previous annual average was just over 1,300.
In a proposed rule to be published Friday, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) takes steps toward a standardized reporting system intended to better gauge what's working well and where problems abound across the National Highway System. Part of that will include states measuring how much of interstate roadways trucks can travel on reliably.
On Friday, the towing vessel TB Henry was hijacked and four of her crewmembers kidnapped off of Lahad Datu, Malaysia, near the intersection of Indonesian, Malaysian and Philippine waters. The attackers have not been definitively identified, but officials suspect militants associated with the designated terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. The kidnapping was the third in two weeks.
In a widely anticipated move, yet more ocean cargo carrier consolidation was announced in Singapore today. According to spokesmen for the newly-formed group, Ocean Alliance, CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a consortia covering the Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Asia-Red Sea, Asia-Middle East, transpacific, Asia-North America East Coast, and transatlantic trades.
Vancouvers port is getting a new name today, dropping Port Metro Vancouver to become the Port of Vancouver. In addition, the port authority will implement the consistent use of its legal name, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, when referencing activities or decisions of the port authority. The change is intended to strengthen the ports recognition with stakeholders and customers as well as provide clarity and distinction between the activities of the port authority and those of the greater port community.