Savannah prepping for summer volume surge despite softening outlook

[caption caption="The Georgia Ports Authority handled 495,782 TEU in April, a new monthly record and third highest month in the port’s history. Photo credit: Georgia Ports Authority."][/caption]The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) is preparing for…

[caption caption="The Georgia Ports Authority handled 495,782 TEU in April, a new monthly record and third highest month in the port’s history. Photo credit: Georgia Ports Authority."][/caption]The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) is preparing for a milder peak season this year due to softening demand and a smaller-than-expected backlog of cargo...

Steady US manufacturing, retail sales growth keeps freight demand rolling

[caption caption="The US Census Bureau revised sales data last month, revealing that consumers are spending much more on non-store goods than previously reported. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]Rising US retail sales and industr…

[caption caption="The US Census Bureau revised sales data last month, revealing that consumers are spending much more on non-store goods than previously reported. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com"][/caption]Rising US retail sales and industrial production in April are taking the edge off concerns about a potential contraction in freight demand, underscoring the overall strength...

Sembcorp Marine Reports Better Start to 2022 Amid Improving Energy Markets

Singaporean shipbuilder Sembcorp Marine says the first half of 2022 is shaping to be “significantly better” than the first half of 2021 as the industry outlook for energy, including oil…

Singaporean shipbuilder Sembcorp Marine says the first half of 2022 is shaping to be “significantly better” than the first half of 2021 as the industry outlook for energy, including oil...

Container Shipping: ZIM Profits Roll In

Though news reports are no longer highlighting the ships anchored in San Pedro Bay, the container shipping segment continues to pump out strong earnings. In concert with an overall drop…

Though news reports are no longer highlighting the ships anchored in San Pedro Bay, the container shipping segment continues to pump out strong earnings. In concert with an overall drop...

Zim locks half of 2022 volume into highly elevated rates

[caption caption="Zim carries around 1 million TEU on the trans-Pacific, its main trade lane. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Half of the 1 million TEU Zim Integrated Shipping Services expects to carry in the trans-Pacific trade has …

[caption caption="Zim carries around 1 million TEU on the trans-Pacific, its main trade lane. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com."][/caption]Half of the 1 million TEU Zim Integrated Shipping Services expects to carry in the trans-Pacific trade has been locked into annual contract rates that are more than double 2021 levels, virtually guaranteeing another...

Hamburg port volumes tick up despite congestion, Russia–Ukraine war

[caption caption="Hamburg’s volume from China rose 6.2 percent in the first quarter, extending the country’s position as the port’s most important trading partner. Photo credit: Port of Hamburg Marketing."][/caption]Container volumes flowing th…

[caption caption="Hamburg’s volume from China rose 6.2 percent in the first quarter, extending the country’s position as the port’s most important trading partner. Photo credit: Port of Hamburg Marketing."][/caption]Container volumes flowing through Europe’s third-busiest port rose in the first quarter despite the effects of the Russia-Ukraine war and severe supply...

World War II merchant mariners receive Congressional Gold Medal

(WASHINGTON) — The American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV) on Wednesday commended the 10 veterans of the U.S. merchant marine awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their service during World War […]

(WASHINGTON) — The American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV) on Wednesday commended the 10 veterans of the U.S. merchant marine awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their service during World War II.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Congress. The veterans received the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol on behalf of the approximately 1,500 remaining merchant mariners of World War II.

“The bravery demonstrated by the U.S. merchant mariners to keep Allied forces supplied during World War II is second to none,” said Dru DiMattia, president of the American Merchant Marine Veterans. “In the face of targeted attacks by German submarines and U-boats, the unarmed merchant mariners met the moment with resilience and courage, and serve as an inspiration for all of American maritime.”

Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. American Maritime Partnership photo

In 2020, Congress unanimously passed the Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act thanks to the advocacy of Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. The bill was promptly signed into law though the official award was delayed due to the global pandemic.

About the World War II merchant mariners:

• There were 243,000 mariners that served in the war.
• 9,521 perished while serving – a higher proportion of those killed than any branch of the U.S. military.
• Roughly 4 percent of those who served were killed.
• Merchant mariners experienced some of the earliest action of the war due to German submarines attacking British merchant ships in the Atlantic, disrupting supply chains to America’s allies.
• These mariners were not provided veteran status until 1988.

102-year-old Charlie Mills of Pearland, Texas. American Maritime Partnership photo

The American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV) is a not-for-profit, pro-American organization established to gain recognition for what the American merchant marine has accomplished for the U.S. in war and peace. The group’s key purpose is to celebrate the accomplishments of the American-flagged merchant marine and to assist the veterans of the American merchant marine, and all veterans of the military of the United States, and their families, by providing counseling to veterans, and their widows and orphans, to assist them in legal, financial, and emotional matters resulting in connection with service to our country, and to provide information regarding benefits and services available to them.

– American Maritime Partnership

World War II Mariners Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

American Merchant Mariners who served during World War II were awarded the Congressional gold medal during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Ten veterans of the U.S. Merchant…

American Merchant Mariners who served during World War II were awarded the Congressional gold medal during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Ten veterans of the U.S. Merchant...

Accelleron – the new face of ABB Turbocharging

New brand first step on company’s journey towards separate value creation Accelleron conveys ambition “to succeed and move further” ABB today announced that its Turbocharging division (PA), a global leader…

New brand first step on company’s journey towards separate value creation Accelleron conveys ambition “to succeed and move further” ABB today announced that its Turbocharging division (PA), a global leader...

Drayage can no longer be considered an afterthought

While drayage has faced demand surges, they have often been the relatively short-lived consequences of labor strikes or steamship company shutdowns. The impact of the pandemic has been much greater, and it is here to stay.

Before the coronavirus pandemic prompted a serious surge in online shopping — therefore increasing port congestion manifold — companies would typically get away with submitting drayage and transloading work orders with little notice. That has all changed over the past two years. 

While drayage has faced demand surges, they have often been the relatively short-lived consequences of labor strikes or steamship company shutdowns. The impact of the pandemic has been much greater, and it is here to stay. 

“The pandemic created some problems and it has highlighted existing issues in the supply chain,” Port X partner Tom Zeis said. “Drayage and transloading cannot be taken as an afterthought anymore. People can’t rely on sending a work order the day of arrival. They can’t get away with that anymore.”

Now, companies waiting until the last minute will find themselves racking up thousands of dollars in fees and surcharges while their freight sits in the port for days or weeks waiting for drivers and equipment to become available.

Port X helps their customers avoid serious holdups and staggering fees by helping them plan shipments as far ahead as possible and supplying all members of the supply chain with the access and visibility they need to get each shipment from its origin to its destination without delay.

While drayage-specific tech innovations have largely lagged behind the rest of the industry, Port X has worked with its technology partners to improve and increase their multimodal offerings.

“We rely on a number of pieces of tech. At the heart of it is our TMS platform,” Zeis said. “We started with Turvo at our inception four and a half years ago. It wasn’t built for multimodal transportation or drayage, but we have worked with them in enhancing and developing the platform to where it is today and where it continues to grow.”

Ultimately, the recipe to succeeding in drayage today is about planning, executing and communicating. Port X provides each member of the supply chain with the ability to see when a vessel is going to arrive and when a container goes on line hold. This visibility drives the workflows necessary to complete the shipment, including preparing drivers and alerting warehouses to incoming arrivals. 

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