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Week 34 Market Update

CHARLESTON MOVES AHEAD WITH PLANS FOR NEAR-DOCK INTERMODAL FACILITY

Charleston’s planned near-dock intermodal facility would allow the port more autonomy to move cargo and the ability  to connect with major cities like Atlanta and Charlotte. 

HOUSTON LIMITS ON-DOCK LADEN EXPORTS AS ROLLED CARGO ADDS TO CONGESTION

Shippers who move cargo through Houston say more needs to be done to address how exports are handled in the face of  surging import volumes that have also sucked up truck, yard, and chassis capacity. 

LONG-FESTERING T5 ISSUE EMERGES IN WEST COAST LONGSHORE TALKS

The dispute over job jurisdiction at Seattle’s Terminal 5 (T5) was known to be one of the most contentious issues headed  into negotiations between West Coast longshore labor and management, which began on May 10 and could continue  well into the fall. 

WAN HAI SEES PHILADELPHIA AS OPTION TO CLEAR NY-NJ EMPTIES

Wan Hai says adding port calls to the US East Coast gives the carrier and its customers more options for returning empty  containers rather than just sending them to the Port of New York and New Jersey. 

NY-NJ TERMINAL ALTERS FREE TIME TO PROD SATURDAY GATE USAGE

The move by Maher Terminals effectively shortens the time a shipper is given to remove their cargo from the port  before fees kick in, while putting pressure on motor carriers and warehouses to operate longer hours. 

CHARLESTON ROLLS OUT FIRST PHASE OF PROPRIETARY CHASSIS POOL

The South Carolina Ports Authority has started leasing new chassis from its Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal as it launches  the first phase of its proprietary chassis pool program. 

BULK CARRIER STRUCK OFFSHORE PLATFORM MISSING FROM NOAA NAVIGATION CHARTS, NTSB FINDS

The NTSB found that the 24-person crew of the Ocean Princess was drifting overnight in the Gulf of Mexico before going  to New Orleans to load a cargo of grain. The master planned to drift throughout the night with the engine on 15-minute  standby, keeping clear of traffic and platforms. To give the crewmembers some rest after spending the day cleaning  cargo holds, the master scheduled himself to be on the bridge with the mate on watch. After engaging the engine to  manoeuvre the vessel, the master stated he saw a dim yellow light and checked the radar. The master and the second  officer on watch investigated the light and believed it was coming from an oil platform 5-6 miles away. Roughly 10  minutes later, the Ocean Princess struck platform SP-83A.The master and second officer told NTSB investigators they  never saw SP-83A on the radar. After the contact, both noted that the platform was on the paper chart used on the  bridge by the mate on the watch, but SP-83A did not appear on the electronic chart display and information system  (ECDIS).

PENTAGON’S UNMANNED SHIP PROGRAM MOVES TO BUILDING AND TEST PHASE

The U.S. Department of Défense is moving to the next phase of its unmanned ship program, which will involve finalizing  the design and moving to construction before a series of at sea tests. The Défense Advanced Research Projects Agency  (DARPA), the DoD agency responsible for researching and developing new and emerging technologies that could be of  use by the U.S. military, said Tuesday the No Manning Required Ship program, aka NOMARS, had completed Phase 1 of  the program and will now be moving to Phase 2.In Phase 1, Serco, which is the agency selected towards the conclusion of Phase 1, developed a new design toolset to evaluate ship designs that met the requirement that there will never be a  human on board the vessel while it is at sea – including during underway replenishment (UNREP) events. This means the  project required taking clean-sheet approach to design, considering there will never by any crew on board to perform  maintenance, and new approaches for power generation, propulsion, machinery line-up, and control schemes to ensure  functionality throughout long missions in all weather, temperature, and sea states. 

Chassis pools

  • MINNEAPOLIS / St. PAUL – Deficit on 40’ and 45’ chassis.  
  • CHICAGO – Deficit on 40’ chassis  
  • CLEVELAND – Constrained on 40’ chassis.  
  • COLUMBUS – Constrained on 40 and deficit on 45’ chassis  
  • INDIANAPOLIS – Deficit on 40’ chassis.  
  • LOUISVILLE – Constrained on 40’ chassis.  
  • MEMPHIS – Deficit on 40’ chassis.  
  • DALLAS / Ft. WORTH – Deficit on 40’ chassis  
  • EL PASO – Deficit on 40’ chassis.  
  • SAN ANTONIO – Deficit on 40’ chassis.  
  • BALTIMORE – Deficit on 40’ chassis.  
  • NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY – Deficit on 40’ chassis.  
  • KANSAS CITY – Deficit on 40’ and 45’ chassis  
  • OMAHA – Deficit on 40’ and 45’ chassis.  
  • St. LOUIS – Deficit 40’ and 45’ chassis.  
  • LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH – Constrained on 40’ and 45’ chassis. 
  • DENVER – Constrained on 40’ chassis.

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