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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.


Fatal Fire Strikes Containership in Houston Port πŸ”₯

Local fire departments responded to the engine room fire and located three missing crewmembers (Baytown Fire Deptartment)

A deadly fire aboard the Stride, a Panama-flagged containership at the Port of Houston, claimed two lives and left another crew member critically burned. The fire erupted in the engine room around 3:30 AM local time, leading to the tragic casualties. Quick response from local fire departments and the U.S. Coast Guard contained the fire, limiting its spread. Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the blaze, while authorities continue monitoring the vessel for the next 24 hours.

Source: The Maritime Executive


πŸ“¦ US Warehousing: Space Opens, Costs Persist πŸ—οΈ

US warehousing sees availability rise from destocking & projects, but rates stay tight. Vacancy hit 4.9% post-destocking, below pre-pandemic levels. 2024 sees cautious expansion, notably in Southeast & US-Mexico border regions. Warehousing demand remains high, ensuring continued tight capacity beyond 2024. πŸ“ˆ

Source: JOC


🚚 Global Logistics Leaders Unite at Manifest Vegas 2024 🌍

Manifest Vegas 2024 returns from February 5th to 7th at Caesars Forum, hosting influential figures discussing disruptions, innovations, and partnerships reshaping global logistics and supply chains.

Over 300 experts, including BlueCargo, reveal disruptions & partnerships transforming supply chains. Catch BlueCargo's presentation on their game-changing "VOC" system unveiling on Feb 7th - innovation stage.

Meet BlueCargo at booth 305. Secure your pass and explore groundbreaking solutions at

Source: Supply Chain Partners


⛴️ Maersk Rolls Out Global Peak Season Surcharges 🌐

Maersk announces new peak season surcharges set to begin in January and February. These surcharges will affect various routes globally, with changes taking effect from different dates depending on regions.

Highlights include surcharges from Far East Asia to/from the Indian Subcontinent and Eastern Mediterranean to North Europe, UK, and Scandinavia. Additionally, surcharges will be implemented from various regions to the United States and Canada.

Source: Container News


🚒 Global Naval Buildup in Red Sea βš“


Operation Prosperity Guardian sees nations like the UK, Greece, and Sri Lanka bolstering naval presence against Yemen's Houthi rebels. UK deploys HMS Richmond; Greece contributes a frigate. Sri Lanka plans a 100-man warship to protect exports.

India, Pakistan step up naval activities independently. International call urges Houthi attack cessation. Progress in the coalition continues amid rising maritime concerns. β›΄οΈπŸŒ

Source: GCaptain


β˜•οΈ What's Brewing at BlueCargo? β˜•οΈ

Pinot’s Palette

BlueCargo is set to showcase its groundbreaking "VOC" platform (Validating Operational Charges) designed to optimize global supply chain operations. The software, developed in collaboration with BCOs, carriers, and logistics firms, aims to audit & validate accessorial fees, and expedite equipment movement at port terminals, saving significant costs for businesses.

Catch the BlueCargo Team at these upcoming events in Q1:

1. Manifest24 at Caesar's Forum, Las Vegas (Feb 5-7)

2. RILA LINK 2024, Dallas, TX (Feb 25-28)

3. TPM24, Long Beach Convention Center (Mar 3-6) 🚒


FAQ: How can I prepare my meeting with the BlueCargo team at the conference?

Bring an invoice with you and we'll go through the validation of it together.
OR, use the Validation tool here to try it ahead of time, and get a free analysis.