Category: cargo

Railroad Cargo Backups Threaten New Logjam: Los Angeles Port Chief

LOS ANGELES—Railroads and importers must remove cargo that is stacking up at the nation’s busiest seaport in Los Angeles to avoid exacerbating supply chain congestion, the port chief said on Wednesday. “We must take action on this issue immediately to avoid a nationwide logjam,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said on a…


LA Port Sees 3rd-Busiest Month Ever in March

Cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles broke another record in March as the docks processed nearly 1 million containers. “This turned out to be the third-best month overall in the port’s history,” the port’s Executive Director Gene Seroka said at a press conference April 13. “We started out here in 2022 with three…


Emirati-Flagged Cargo Ship Sinks in Persian Gulf Off Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—An Emirati-flagged cargo ship, longer than a soccer field, sank in stormy seas off Iran’s southern coast in the Persian Gulf on Thursday, authorities said. Rescuers were trying to account for all of the vessel’s 30 crew members. Capt. Nizar Qaddoura, operations manager of the company that owns the ship, told The…


Port of LA Adopts ‘Wait and See’ Strategy for Future Cargo Surges

The Port of Los Angeles is watching events closely in China as container ships stack up outside Chinese ports affected by new COVID-19 outbreaks and manufacturing shutdowns. After a year of cargo bottlenecks at the port, Executive Director Gene Seroka laid out his “wait and watch” strategy for what many industry experts say could upend…


Debris From Cargo Ship Spill Last Fall Spreading Along BC Coast: Beach Cleaners

A volunteer organization that has been cleaning up debris from a cargo ship that lost 109 containers off the B.C. coast last fall says the incident should be a wake-up call to the need for more urgent action. Alys Hoyland of the Surfrider Foundation’s Pacific Rim chapter in Tofino said urinal mats, coolers and other…


Bangladesh Cargo Ship Hit in Ukraine, Crew Member Killed: Ship Owner

DHAKA—A missile or bomb hit a Bangladeshi-owned cargo ship in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Olvia, killing one of its crew members, and efforts were underway to rescue the others from the vessel, its owner said on Thursday. “The ship came under attack and one engineer was killed,” Pijush Dutta, executive director of Bangladesh…


LA Port Sees Huge Drop In Exports

LOS ANGELES—The amount of U.S. goods exported by the Port of Los Angeles will hit a 16-year low this year, continuing a four-year downward spiral. This month, exports have decreased nearly 40 percent, Port of LA Executive Director Gene Seroka announced at a news conference Dec. 15. The plunge, Seroka said, was a result of…


Long Beach Breaks Through the Supply Chain Bottleneck

The quantities of cargo containers waiting to be delivered at the Port of Long Beach have experienced close to a 40 percent drop compared to a peak in late October. The ease of the supply chain bottleneck is attributed to a combination of efforts made by private citizens and the city government. “Cargo aging at…


Ship That Lost Containers Moves to Nanaimo, BC: Coast Guard

NANAIMO, B.C.—A cargo ship that lost more than 100 containers into the Pacific Ocean after a fire on board has been cleared to travel to the Port of Nanaimo in British Columbia. Officials say the MV Zim Kingston was scheduled to leave Constance Bay near Victoria on Friday on a trip that was expected to…


105 Containers That Fell Off Cargo Ship Believed to Have Sunk: Coast Guard

VICTORIA—The Canadian Coast Guard says it believes that many, if not all, of the 109 containers that fell from a cargo ship off Victoria in late October have sunk. The containers were tossed from the MV Zim Kingston during a storm near the entrance to the Juan de Fuca Strait around the time a fire…