228 jobs for Detroit: Firm to build logistics center

Two developers acquired a 25-acre plot in Detroit for a 190,000-square-foot logistics center that will eventually employ 228 workers, officials said Tuesday. The developers have secured a deal with an unidentified “major manufacturer” and plan to begin the eight-month construction project “shortly,” the Revitalizing Automotive Communities Environmental Response (RACER) trust said in a statement.The General[…]

Blue Water signs logistics deal with Semco

Danish transport company Blue Water has signed a logistics contract with Semco Maritime, a specialist in upgrading and maintaining offshore energy plants. The two companies, both based at Esbjerg, Denmark, established the two-year contract after several years of working together on rig and infrastructure projects. Thomas Bek, global head of oil, energy and industrial projects[…]

ITE Group grows presence in global logistics sector

British-based exhibitions and conferences organiser ITE Group has acquired Breakbulk and confirmed its intention to bring the show to the Middle East later this year. As part of the acquisition from AXIO Data, ITE has taken ownership of the six existing Breakbulk trade events, which address the needs of traditional breakbulk and project cargo logistics professionals,[…]

California port congestion proves expensive for lines

US Federal Maritime Commission steps in as congestion at Los Angeles and Long Beach reaches ‘critical’ levels Container lines are blaming massive port congestion in Southern California for mounting losses. The companies say they are losing money as bottlenecks on the US West Coast [USWC] threaten to wipe out their hard-earned efficiency gains. In the[…]

Work Slowdown at Busiest U.S. Port Prompts Plea to Obama

U.S. retailers appealed to President Barack Obama to intervene in contract negotiations between West Coast dockworkers and maritime companies after a work slowdown spread to the nation’s largest container hub ahead of the holiday shopping season. The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, asked Obama to step in and ensure that tensions[…]

If there’s trouble in Tacoma, could it spread to Ports of L.A. and Long Beach?

The association that represents shipping companies at 29 West Coast ports is accusing the union representing dockworkers of deliberately slowing down work at two Pacific Northwest ports. The union’s response: it’s a “boldface lie.” Tensions appear to be rising in the midst of a long running contract negotiation that affects major ports all along the[…]

L.A.-Long Beach dockworkers slow down on job, management says

Dockworkers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are slowing operations to gain leverage during contract negotiations, management said. The Pacific Maritime Assn., which represents employers operating port terminals and shipping lines, said the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has refused to dispatch hundreds of skilled workers that transport cargo containers at terminals.[…]

West Coast dock talks, scaring businesses.

Contract talks between ship lines and dockworkers on the West Coast are showing signs of breaking down and it has businesses that move inventory through those ports worried. “If there is a walkout or lockout it’s a disaster for everybody,” said Bruce Carlton, the president of the National Industrial Transportation League, a lobby group for[…]