More and more shipping containers are falling into the sea

Apr 27, 2021
Increased demand for imported goods — and more treacherous weather — are among the reasons.
A fully-loaded container ship sits anchored in the San Francisco Bay in March.
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A freight time to be in shipping

Dec 21, 2020
In recent months, freight rates have been skyrocketing.
A truck carrying a cargo shipping container drives across a bridge in the Port of Long Beach on Dec. 14, 2020.
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Vaccine, gift delivery intensify holiday shipping rush

Dec 3, 2020
Delivery giants like DHL Express have prepared for a unique workload by adding to their aviation fleets.
Package-delivery companies like DHL Express are under even more pressure this holiday season to not only get gifts where they need to go but also vaccines to people around the world. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)        (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Filipino ship worker heads home after 6-month crew-change delay

Nov 2, 2020
Engineer Raymond Seguin had been at sea more than 400 days when he was finally able to return home.
An estimated 400,000 ship workers are unable to return home due to COVID-19.
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COVID-19 makes it harder for commercial shipping crews to go home

Apr 2, 2020
Around 100,000 people in the world’s commercial shipping crews are finding it hard to change shifts as COVID-19 shuts down ports of entry.
A crew member wearing orange overalls and a safety helmet working on the deck of a cargo ship at sea.
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Shipping costs likely to rise as new clean-air rules kick in for vessels on January 1

Dec 26, 2019
By how much shipping costs and the price of diesel will increase is up for debate.
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Sails made global shipping possible. Can they make it greener?

Dec 12, 2018
Solar panel-covered sails may be the answer.
If the shipping industry were a country, its emissions would rank sixth in the world.
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Puerto Rico needs food, water and fuel. Can lifting shipping restrictions help?

Sep 27, 2017
Trump's administration said it won't lift the Jones Act restrictions as there are enough U.S. ships to help Puerto Rico. While previous presidents have lifted the restrictions following natural disasters, “the situation in Puerto Rico is much different,” said Gregory Moore, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter is seen in port as people deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 25, 2017 in San Juan Puerto Rico. Maria left widespread damage across Puerto Rico, with virtually the whole island without power or cell service.
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The cargo shipping industry is turning things around

Aug 18, 2017
After the Great Recession, the cargo shipping industry overestimated how fast the consumer economy would bounce back. It’s been a tough few years, with empty space on many cargo ships that carry furniture, clothes and office supplies — pretty much all the stuff Americans buy in stories. But now, old ships are getting replaced with a […]

U.S. ports are consolidating, as shipping lines have

Apr 5, 2017
The container-shipping industry is more consolidated than ever. As of this month, the world’s top ocean carriers are now mostly in three major alliances, set to control 90 percent of seaborne cargo. That changes the game for many of the country’s ports, who are themselves beginning to work together.  Click the audio player above to […]