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Largest Container Ship to Visit the East Coast

Increased Ship Size is Creating More Work and Congestion at Ports via The Associated Press The largest container ship to ever serve the East Coast of the U.S. called on the Ports of New Jersey, Norfolk, Virginia, Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina this week. The Marco Polo is a container ship of the Explorer class owned by the CMA CGM Group. It is 1,300 feet long, nearly the length of four football fields, and can carry a capacity of 16,022 20-foot-long containers. Surge in Volume Although exciting, the Marco Polo’s visit this week calls…
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Is China to Blame for Sudden Container Shortage?

As the US Faces a Shortage in Shipping Containers, we are Forced to Wonder if China is to Blame.  This container shortage has been a prevalent issue for months at US ports. Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel stated that he believes, “China may be manipulating the market to control the availability of containers.” “I am concerned that this equipment is controlled by a state-owned enterprise and that we’re completely reliant, and I have questions about whether or not there’s been market manipulation of what is potentially a monopoly,” Bentzel said on Wednesday. Shipping Demands Continue…
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Guide to Survive 2021 Shipping

5 Tips to Help Navigate the Unusual Shipping Delays 2021 Will Bring 1. Book Early Due to the current over-demand in the shipping industry, paired with capacity and equipment shortages, booking your shipments early has never been more important. Within 3 weeks of departure, bookings are already full. It is essential that you make your booking at least 4 weeks prior to the cargo ready date. Typically, shippers were in the habit of booking cargo once it is ready, this system may have been efficient prior to the Covid-19, however, if you go by this…
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Ship Congestion Continues 

The Impact of the Suez Canal Blockage on Global Shipping The recent situation in the Suez Canal resulting in the containership Ever Given blocking the enitre canal for days, could not have happened at a worse time due to to the current extremely high shipping demands. Global shipping, the industry that transports steel boxes full of products around the global economy, was already reporting record highs and operating at full capacity. The Port of Long Beach reported its busiest month ever in March 2021 as imports continued to pour into U.S. seaports. The congestion resulting…
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Tensions High Over Ever Given Containership Blockage

Egypt Seizes Ever Given, Demands $900M for Suez Canal Blockage Egyptian authorities have seized the Ever Given containership, which blocked the Suez Canal for almost a week last month, amidst a dispute over financial damages. Egyptian authorities have ordered the Ever Given’s owner, Japanese chartering company Shoei Kisen Kaisha, to pay $900 million in compensation. The bill includes losses inflicted by the congestions the ship caused, maintenance fees and rescue operation costs, according to Egypt’s state-run news agency Al Ahram. Image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc. The Backstory  On March 29th, 2021, The Ever Given containership was successfully…
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Ever Given Dislodged from Suez Canal

After Days of Suffering a Complete Blockage, The Suez Canal is No Longer Harboring a Ship Across its Waters The Ever Given containership was dislodged this morning and is now once again floating in the right direction. Tug boats worked hours to get this ship freed from the canal, but it was with the help of high tide that the ship was finally freed. It is now being towed towards Egypt’s Great Bitter Lake, where it will undergo an inspection. “The outcome of that inspection will determine whether the ship can resume its scheduled service.…
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Following Cargo Loss ONE Apus Sets Sail

Months After Cargo Loss Due to Foul Weather, ONE Apus Embarks on Journey to Long Beach After departing from Kobe, Japan following a journey to remove hundreds of damaged and dislodged containers, the ONE Apus is expected to arrive in Long Beach, CA on or around March 30th. This journey stems from last year’s cargo loss during the ship’s trip from China to Long Beach, California, when an estimated 1,816 containers were lost overboard due to inclement weather. It was estimated that hundreds more collapsed on deck.  Photo courtesy of Seatrade Maritime ONE Apus experienced…
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The Biden Administration on the US-China Trade War

U.S. Trade Representative on the Trade War   All eyes are on President Joe Biden’s administration, and specifically newly elected U.S. trade representative, Katherine Tai, in anticipation of the United States’ next steps in the US-China trade war. Tai, confirmed at the end of February, made it clear that the administration is determined to achieve structural changes in China’s economy by “exploring all our options”. She intends to accomplish this through intentional systematic processes and a regulatory-driven approach. Tai exemplified these qualities during her confirmation hearing when she answered senators’ questions with control and displayed…
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Congestion Clear Could Start Spring for Los Angeles-Long Beach

With Near-Record Container Volume Reached LA-LB Ports Could See a Clear as Soon as April   Even with improved productivity last month, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are facing backlogs and extreme terminal congestion that they believe will continue well into spring. This congestion has been ongoing for the last 6 months.  The near-record container volumes they are experiencing are expected to go into the spring but terminal operators are hopeful that the vessel backlogs will return to near normal rates between April and June.  COVID-19 Effects Linger To be able for…
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Reliability of Containerships Drops to New Lows

Understanding the Effect of Tradeline Congestion on Containership Reliability 2020 disrupted the global supply chain in unpredictable ways and it appears 2021 has begun to follow suit. Containership reliability numbers have plummeted causing average shipment delays to increase. Within this post, we will discuss the cause and spread of this decline to ensure you understand the possible delays in current shipping schedules.  A Sharp Decrease in Reliability  During the last half of 2020, there was a widely apparent decline in the reliability of containerships arriving on-time. For the last 5 months, the reliability steadily declined…
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