Transportation News — December, 2012

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BLOG: Memo to Megaports: These Guys Want Your Business
The reshoring of manufactured goods from Asia to North America is bound to take some import business away from U.S. ports. But there are other developing threats to the continued dominance of gateways like Los Angeles-Long Beach – specifically, a couple of upstarts to the north and south.
It’s not a new story. Back in the 1980s, the Port of Montreal was busy snatching cargo from U.S. East and Gulf Coast ports, thanks to shippers looking to escape the grip of the International Longshoremen’s Association. (At the time, the ILA was claiming for itself the right to strip and stuff all multi-shipper containers originating within a 50-mile radius of ports with which the union held contracts.) With the advent of intermodal trains, Montreal became an important conduit for freight moving in and out of the U.S. Midwest....

Marine Transportation Steams Toward Fuel-Cell Propulsion
Two technology development streams are converging toward a point that makes fuel cells attractive as a power source for marine propulsion. They are the growing adoption of hybrid-electric powertrain systems and the projected growth in the number of vessels burning LNG as fuel.
Professor Zuomin Dong of the University of Victoria, Canada, has led multimillion-dollar research programs on hybrid-electric and fuel cells for ground vehicles and, most recently, for green ship propulsion and power system development. This encompasses the development of...

Container Lines Continue to Grab Share of Refrigerated Transportation Market, Report Finds
Conventional refrigerated ships continue to lose market share to container lines offering increased capacity for reefer boxes, according to a new analysis of the market by the Netherlands-based research and consulting firm Dynamar.
Traditional reefer ships carried half of all seaborne shipments of refrigerated cargoes as recently as 2000. Their share

Collaboration's Role in Sustainable Supply Chains
Delivery of a chemical from France to Russia by multiple modes was highly complex and not sustainable. Gael de Martelaere, global supply chain manager, Dow Chemical Co., and Luc Haesaerts, CEO of Haesaerts Intermodal, describe how an innovative approach to transportation cut carbon emissions by half and improved on-time deliveries to almost 100 percent.
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Venture to Publish Airfreight Rate Benchmarks
Independent specialist advisors Drewry and global forwarder network WACO-System intend to introduce the first independent multi-trade air cargo freight rate benchmarks into the market.
The venture will see Drewry broaden the scope of information in its existing Freight Shipper Insight report to include...

WHIT PAPER: Panama Canal Expansion: Impact on the Volume of Imports at Southern California Ports
The Panama Canal expansion project will double capacity by allowing more and larger ships to transit. Many believe the expansion will lead to an exodus of freight from Southern California ports to Gulf or East Coast ports. This paper, by the West Coast logistics experts at Weber Logistics, explains why that is unlikely given the negative logistics and financial impact of longer ocean journeys through the Canal....

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