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Cargoccino is our bi-monthly post for logistics professionals and importers, delivering bite-sized industry news straight to your inbox. Stay informed while enjoying your favorite drink, with updates every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.

🌉 Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse: Search and Rescue in Baltimore Tragedy 🆘

CBS News

A cargo ship collision leads to the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, plunging vehicles and workers into the Patapsco River. Amid ongoing search and rescue efforts, authorities confirm six missing, emphasizing the severity of the incident. The tragedy halts shipping in the Port of Baltimore, with focus shifted towards recovery and rebuilding efforts.

CBS News

Source: CBS News

🚂 Vancouver's Rail Congestion with Import Surge

Vancouver's Port faces prolonged rail congestion due to a surge in imports, with container dwell times averaging 6.7 days in February, impacting fluidity. Railcar shortages worsen the backlog, raising concerns for intermodal traffic and potential disruptions during peak shipping seasons, compounded by looming labor negotiations.

Source: JOC

Bright Outlook for 2024 Freight Market: State of Freight Analysis 🚛

FreightWaves’ webinar forecasts a potentially normal year ahead, with slight improvements in market conditions and spring seasonality boosting demand. Federal infrastructure spending and shifting trade dynamics are highlighted as factors driving economic buoyancy, while potential tariff threats loom. Texas emerges as a key freight hub, reflecting evolving trade patterns.

Source: FreightWaves - State of Freight Webinar March 2024

🚫 Warning: Californians DO NOT TOUCH - Container Debris Hits Shores

cotton bales on Monterey shores, CA

NOAA advises caution as debris, including 500 lbs cotton bales, washes ashore from an APL containership incident. The Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary urges reporting and non-disturbance of debris to protect fragile coastal ecosystems. Cleanup efforts are underway, emphasizing safety for both beachgoers and marine life.

Source: The Maritime Executive

🏴☠️ Somali Pirates' Resurgence Heightens Shipping Industry Concerns

Recent pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia revive fears for global shipping companies, adding to their woes amid ongoing threats from Houthi militia strikes. Rising costs for security measures and insurance premiums accompany concerns over potential ransom payments, as international efforts face challenges in patrolling vast maritime territories. Somalia's capacity to address the issue domestically emerges as a crucial factor in mitigating piracy risks.

Source: Marine Link

🚢 Maersk Maintains Red Sea Diversion Amid Ongoing Security Concerns

Maersk opts to continue diverting vessels around the Cape of Good Hope, citing persistent Houthi threats in the Red Sea. Despite hopes for improved security with international naval initiatives, recent attacks underscore the region's riskiness. While acknowledging potential disruptions, Maersk prioritizes crew and cargo safety, emphasizing stability in supply chain operations.

Source: GCaptain

☕ What is brewing at BlueCargo? ☕

🔵 The BlueCargo team will be heading to CONECT's 28th Annual Trade & Transportation Conference.

When? 4/9/2024 to 4/11/2024
Where? Newport Marriott25 America's Cup AvenueNewport, Rhode Island

Contact Carey Spanos
HERE to set a meeting

🔵 Is your company member of a Shipping Association?

Stay tuned as in these upcoming months, we will be holding educative webinars, through your shipping association, to inform you in details of the final OSRA regulations on Detention and Demurrage fees, taking effect on May 28th 2024.

If you wish to learn about this subject faster, contact us HERE.


Are you ready to navigate the final FMC ruling?