Managing Unexpected Disruptions to Your Shipments with IoT Technology

The seas, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, have not been quiet this season. Numerous typhoons and hurricanes have impacted container port operations in recent months. The storms may suddenly change directions, and supply chain disruptions can be unpredictable.

For example, the recent Hurricane Irma in the US caused all container ports in Florida, as well as several other ports in the region including Savannah, Charleston, and Freeport, to close. Based on CargoSmart’s data, container vessels, with an original ETA during September 9-14, skipped their scheduled ports 17 times due to the storm. While the ports have reopened, 12 container vessels were waiting outside of Savannah as of September 15. The vessels that skipped ports and the vessel queues outside the affected ports have resulted in shipment delays. Read More…

Customize Your Route Planning with Route Master Premium

We are pleased to announce Route Master Premium, which offers advanced features to help you plan your ocean routes and customize your route planning to fit for your business needs.

The basic features are free of charge. We invite you to enjoy a 14-day free trial of Route Master Premium. Register now to experience the following premium features free for a limited time: Read More…

Ocean Alliance and Reliability Updates for Europe in Spring 2017

CargoSmart’s chief commercial officer delivers insight on the consistency of the new schedules, to see how carriers performed before and after the transition.

The three mega shipping alliances, 2M, OCEAN, and THE, started new services in April. A great migration of over 1,000 vessels has been occurring as vessels move from their previous routes to their new routes. The vessels have almost completed their migration. As of May 31, 2017, 94% of the vessels have been rolled out on the trans-Atlantic trade and 88% of the vessels have been rolled out on the Asia-Europe trade. Read More…

Managing your ocean shipments with the alliances’ larger vessels

The mega shipping alliances are deploying larger vessels on Europe routes. As the carriers begin their new alliance services, manage the opportunities and the risks the changes offer.

Shipping Alliances Kickoff Their New Services in April

The mega ocean shipping alliances, 2M, OCEAN, and THE started operating their new services on April 1, 2017. According to carriers’ published schedules, it will take more than two months for all of the vessels to be deployed on the new alliance services. CargoSmart is closely monitoring their service transition progress in each trade lane. Read More…

New Shipping Alliances: How to Mitigate Your Risk at the US Ports and Beyond

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Starting from April 1, 2017, the new OCEAN Alliance and THE Alliance will kick-off their respective networks and the 2M Alliance will launch new services. CargoSmart analyzed the proforma schedules provided by the ocean carriers through March 17. We found that most of the top US ports will have fewer visiting vessels for each alliance service. In addition, the average vessel size by TEU capacity for the alliance services will increase at most of the top US ports.

Please see the figures showing a comparison of the alliance services before and after April 1 at the top US ports as well as a sample of smaller ports in the US. Read More…