Here are a few “Transportation Happenings” from last week that we thought you might find of interest.
- The attached article from today’s Wall Street Journal provides more information on the cyberattack on Maersk that we’d reported previously. [click for more]
- The Port of Jacksonville had several “happenings” this past week:
- They announced that they will appropriate the money to be combined with funding from the Corps of Engineers to dredge the channel from the ocean up to Blount Island to a 47 Foot Depth.
- Further because of both water and air draft problems, MOL’s Terminal will be re-located to Blount Island.
- Two container cranes have been re-located to the Talleyrand Docks of Crowley Maritime where all of their activities will be centered in the future.
- COSCO has agreed to purchase 14 new containerships with 6 of them to be so-called MegaShips (18 -20,000 TEUs). This means extra capacity which lowers prices, so we hope to hear of tonnage to be scrapped as well.
- Good news for HapagLloyd: Standard & Poors (S&P) has confirmed they have removed HapagLloyd from their CreditWatch list and upgraded its credit rating after its merger with UASC to B+.
- APL has launched a container service to Hawaii.
- The National Academy of Science (NAS) has published a study that recommends several improvements to the CSA rating system. Comments were requested and, I already have submitted that Clean Inspections should be counted in a heavier manner and, that a Peer Group should be established for Owner-Operators and hopefully O/Os specifically draying intermodal equipment.