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February 26, 2015 |
Posted in Shipping News

The PMA and ILWU reached a tentative agreement for a new contract last Friday. Members of both groups are expected to ratify this agreement sometime in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, the PMA/ILWU arbitration mechanism is back in place, which will allow either side to have an arbitrator rule on labor issues. Last Sunday, an arbitrator ruled that the ILWU had staged an illegal walkout in Oakland. Rumors are that only one out of the five terminals in Oakland is currently operational due to lingering labor disputes, but all LA/Long Beach terminals are up and running.

February 20, 2015 |
Posted in Shipping News

Per the QC Ministry of Transportation, the tentative dates for this year’s QC thaw season are as follows:

Zone 1

Zone 2

Zone 3

Monday, March 16 
(12:01 a.m.) 
to Friday, May 15 
(11:59 p.m.)

February 9, 2015 |
Posted in Shipping News

The negotiations between the ILWU/PMA are still ongoing, with labor slowdowns continuing to affect ports along the West Coast. Rumors of a potential shut down are continuing to grow.

January 21, 2015 |
Posted in Shipping News

The negotiations between the ILWU and PMA are still ongoing. There is no resolution in sight however as each side is standing very firm on their demands.

The labor slow down/congestion situation has become dire and we are on the brink of complete gridlock. The following terminals have either closed or put conditions on accepting containers:

January 2, 2015 |
Posted in Shipping News

Port congestion along the West Coast continues. The PMA and the ILWU are still in contract negotiations and it seems neither side is backing down from what they are fighting for.  As we carry on through the holiday season and new year with labor slow downs, we will continue to see congestion and vessel delays.

December 9, 2014 |
Posted in Shipping News

The labor slow downs and congestion along the West Coast continue to wreak havoc on the USWC ports. Negotiations between PMA and IKWU are continuing and are expected to last through December.

Vancouver is continuing to be affected as well with constant vessel delays and ERD and LRD's changing faster than shipping lines can keep up with.

December 9, 2014 |
Posted in Rate News

All carriers have introduced a Low Sulfer Fuel charge that will be imposed effective January 1st, 2015. The charge is for cleaner fuel the carriers must start using as per International law. Charges vary based on origin/destination combinations, but are roughly around $50/20' and $100/40' worldwide. 

December 9, 2014 |
Posted in Rate News

As of January 1st, 2015, all MSC bookings sailing out of Canada will have an increased Doc Fee. The new fee will be U$75.00 per Bill of Lading.

November 20, 2014 |
Posted in Shipping News

Port congestion along the US West Coast builds as labor slow downs continue. This has caused some shipping lines to cancel pre-existing bookings while other lines are not accepting any new bookings.

The Oakland terminal was completely shut down today due to the death of an ILWU employee, but should be open tomorrow, though still with the continued labor slow downs.

The congestion is also causing major equipment problems inland and in Vancouver as imports are not being unloaded. This in turn is causing severe equipment shortages.

November 11, 2014 |
Posted in Shipping News

Labor slow-downs due to stalled contract talks between the ILWU and the PMA are causing delays and congestion at terminals throughout the West Coast. Seattle and Tacoma, Los Angeles/Long Beach and Vancouver have seen the following effects:

*Seattle and Tacoma – Shipping lines are not accepting any new bookings or releasing empties and are cancelling some existing bookings if no equipment has been picked up, reefers in particular. BNSF has put agri transloaders on embargo until further notice so as not to add to the current backlog.