Amid COVID-19 crisis, National Retail Federation along with Hackett Associates issued the Global Port Tracker report, highlighting that U.S. retail container ports appear to be slightly easing from the pandemic.
Economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continued to affect trade at the Port of Long Beach in April with fewer cargo containers moving through the seaport.
Commissioners Carl W. Bentzel and Louis E. Sola urged Congressional leaders to help alleviate and bridge the financial gaps that could jeopardize continued healthy operation of US’s marine terminal industry and maritime transportation system.
The National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates shows issued a report stating that imports at major US retail container ports dropped to their lowest level in five years in March. The report indicates that imports may continue being significantly below normal levels through early summer as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
The APM Terminals Mobile facility in Alabama has handled two container ships simultaneously for the first time at its newly expanded berth. Now, the berth expansion enables two x 8,000-10,000 TEU be safely and easily handled simultaneously. The two ships were Belita with a length overall of 334.1 m and Cosco Santons with a length overall of 261.1 meters.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, US ports are now asking for $6.5 billion in grants and direct assistance, to balance the challenging situation.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the government of California wrote a letter to the Trump Administration requesting immediate deployment of the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship to the Port of Los Angeles until September 2020, so as to be prepared in response to the disease.
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 outrbeak, the second busiest container port in the US, Port of Long Beach, marked a drop in its cargo handling volume. Namely, the port managed to handle 538.428 TEUs during February, down by 9.8% in comparison to February 2019.
Following the COVID-19 situation, the busiest and largest container port in US, Port of Los Angeles, saw a decrease in its cargo volumes. In fact, the port managed to move 544.037 TEUs during February, meaning a 22.9% drop in comparison to the same month last year.
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