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OUR Top Story***
***Not In The
OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
1. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs ______________
3. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs ____________
4. FF World Ocean Briefs _____________________
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OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace***
6. The Cargo Letter "Cyber Ports of Call" _________
OUR "E" Section: The Forwarder/Broker World***
7. New U.S. Transport Related Legal Cases ________
OUR Top Story***
***Not In The
The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) will host the 2012 FIATA World Congress and it's legendary array of educational presentations, policy making sessions, exhibition demonstrations and social events.
New this year is "FIATA Connect" which gives delegates outstanding networking opportunities to schedule one-on-one appointments throughout the conference with exhibitors, sponsors and other delegates to discuss business opportunities and critical issues affecting the industry.
Countryman & McDaniel is a proud member of the 2012 FIATA World Congress Committee.
OUR "A" Section: Trade, Financial & Inland News***
1. Freight Forwarder Trade Briefs _____________
***White House To Consolidate Trade Depatments?...... as the White House has proposed a reinstatement of Presidential authority to reorganize & consolidate the federal government and to use that authority to consolidate a number of agencies into a single Department focused on business and trade. On
- U.S. Dept. of Commerce, core business and trade functions only
- Small Business Administration
- Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
- Export-Import Bank
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation
- U.S. Trade & Development Agency
***In Bond Rules Change Proposed ...... as U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Feb. 22 published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would make substantial changes to the way imported merchandise is transported inland under a bond, enabling the cargo owner to defer payment of duties until it reaches the destination port or is exported. The primary fixes involve making the in-bond process electronic and tightening up procedures to better track merchandise and prevent diversion. In the past, CBP has had difficulty ensuring that in-bond merchandise is properly entered and duties are paid, or that it is exported. The proposed rule would require carriers or their agents to file electronic, instead of paper, in-bond applications. The application would also require additional information, including the six-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule number, if available, and information related to the safety and security of the goods. Proposed rules:
***Small Business Export Assist ..... as the Obama Administration has launched a new online platform, BusinessUSA, to provide small businesses and exporters with a single source of pertitent information about federal programs available to them. For the logistics questions, businesses can find tools and information covering export financing, counseling and training to help them sell goods and services overseas, as well as various federal loan offerings. The BusinessUSA initiative hopes to modernize the federal government's customer service channels and help streamline the process for today's innovators and entrepreneurs to get their hands on information to help make better decisions.
***Mexico's E Window ...... as on March 1, 2012 Mexico is scheduled to implement its Unique Window,"Ventanilla Unica" (VU), a tool which will allow importers & exporters to electronically submit both commercial documents and declarations to Mexican Customs. Importers & exporters will have two options for transmitting the commercial invoice:
1) Convert the invoice information into XML (Extensible Markup Language) format, using the standards set by Mexican Customs & upload it electronically.
2) Input and transmit the invoice information directly through the VU portal.
***Argentina's New Permission To Import ...... as a new advance import declaration, Declaración Jurada Anticipada de Importación (DJAI), must now be completed for all shipments prior to entry into Argentina. Customs will have up to 72 hours to authorize the import, with other government agencies having up to 10 days to provide their approval, if applicable. Once the permission is granted, the shipment must be submitted to Customs within 180 days, with the option to extend this period for an additional 180 days (360 days total). Shipments which are refused will not be allowed to move into
***Russia's Scrap Clamp ... as it has traditionally been a major exporter of steel scrap. However, since 2007, the country's scrap exports have dropped due to a combination of export taxes & administrative measures. As part of its accession to the WTO,
***The UPS Bid For TNT Explodes .... as shares in the Dutch document and small package delivery company TNT Express rose sharply on Feb. 10, after it rejected an unsolicited acquisition bid from UPS on Feb. 17. Bloomberg reported the unsolicited bid was for US$6.43Bn, which is 42 % above TNT's stock price. The report said this offer was turned down by TNT's board, citing a company statement, which added the companies still remain in discussions. UPS officials confirmed in a statement that on February 11, following discussions with TNT, it made a revised, increased and comprehensive proposal to acquire the entire issued share capital of TNT for EUR9 per share in cash. While it has been said FedEx may also make an offer for the company, both FedEx and UPS have made it obvious they don't need TNT. Last year, TNT was divided into two companies, one which was TNT Express, and the other Post NL which focuses on mail, parcels and e-commerce in the
***UPS Acquires Kiala .... as the firm based in
***ATA Blasts Hours of Service Rules ..... as the lobbying group for the trucking industry has asked a federal appeals court to review a recently published hours-of-service rule for commercial drivers, citing "changed assumptions" by the agency that went into developing the rule. "We regret that [Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration] and the Obama administration have put ATA and its member companies in a position to take this legal action," read a statement from Bill Graves, president of American Trucking Associations, which filed the lawsuit. The HOS rule, released in late Dec., reduces total driver hours to 70 from 82 per week, and requires a 34-hour rest period before drivers start a new workweek. ATA has objected in recent weeks to the 34-hour restart provision and a requirement that drivers take a break no later than 8 hours into their driving time.
***Con-way Freight's Addiction .... as it has became hooked on the the iPad 2. According American Shipper Magazine, Conaway adopted the Salesforce.com as its new CRM platform on the iPad. Conaway said the Salesforce apps the company uses have been customized for the iPad to address its needs in the less-than-trailerload business, data mining and business analytics tools. Conaway said the best way to illustrate the success of the iPad is to look at its performance so far. In 2011, Con-way distributed iPads to 391 sales executives and through its re-engineering initiative, a combination of Salesforce.com, IBM Microstrategy and the iPad, allowed the company to reduce its sales force by 27% while increasing its customer reach by 45%. Wasn't Apple mocked for years for not being as cool as the PC? Times change.
***UPS Honors ....as it has announced the induction of 1,235 drivers into its elite "Circle of Honor," raising to 5,842 the number of drivers who have steered clear of accidents for 25 years or more. The number of new inductees is the largest for any single year in the company's history and includes 31 new members from
***MODEX 2012........as the Countryman & McDaniel lawyers attended the industry's newest expo for the manufacturing, distribution and supply chain industries. Held this month at
***Shame of The Rhino ...... as the U.S. Justice Dept. said 7 people were arrested on charges of trafficking in endangered black rhinoceros horn this month in Los Angeles, New York, and Newark, N.J. Special agents of the Fish and Wildlife Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made the arrests and have issued search warrants in 5 states as part of "Operation Crash," a multi-agency effort to investigate and prosecute those involved in the black market trade of endangered rhinoceros horn. In
***Buzzing With Thanks .... as the
***Thanks A Million & Please Pass The Ponga ..... as a California-based Seafood Solutions Inc. was sentenced in federal court in
***No, YOU Were Supposed To Grab The Loot! .... as there's nothing like a flat tire to ruin a carefully planned heist. Spanish police say hooded thieves crashed a van into a SEUR courier service warehouse vault and made off with sacks of valuables on Feb. 25. They then fled in a waiting Audi, but crashed into another car as they merged onto a
**Atlas Air's. DOWN as 4th quarter net income fell from US$41.6M to US$33.5M, year-over-year.
**Box Ships Inc. UP as it has posted a net profit of US$5.57M in the fourth quarter of 2011.
**Costamare (owner of the vessel M/V Rena which went aground in
**CSAV. DOWN with a loss of US$380M in the fourth quarter 2011, compared to a loss of US$7.2M in the fourth quarter of 2010.
**Danaos (containership chartering). UP with profit of US$9.1M in the 4th quarter of 2011, compared to a loss of US$8.9M in the same 2010 period.
**Echo Global Logistics. UP with a profit of US$3.5M in the 4th quarter of 2011, a 33.4% increase over the US$2.6M earned in the same 2010 period.
**Expeditors International. UP with profit of US$385.7M in 2011, up 12% year on year drawn on revenue growth of 3% to US$6.15Bn.
**Hapag-Lloyd. UP with operating profits of US$130.7M in 2011, a year in which most global carriers are expected to report a loss.
**Neptune Orient Lines (NOL, which owns APL) DOWN as the world's 6th largest container shipping company, has posted a US$478 net loss, drawn on revenues of US$9.21Bn, down 2%.
**Qantas Freight. DOWN as 2nd half pre-tax profit fell US$3M to US$38M year on year from earnings of US$38M the previous year.
**Shipping Corporation of
**United Parcel Service (UPS). UP with net profits of US$1.2Bn in the last quarter of 2011, up 9.3%.
OUR "B" Section: FF World Air News***
3. Freight Forwarder World Air Briefs __________
***Mixed Volumes .... as air freight volumes declined 0.7% in 2011 with Asia-Pacific falling 1.9% and
***Questionable Time For Freighters ...... as 2011 ended with pure freighter companies, Cargoitalia and Jade Cargo, exiting the freightermarket. Combination carriers were also bracing for rough skies ahead. Cathay Pacific deferred delivery of two of the six B747-8Fs due this year to 2013, and EVA decided to sell two, if not three, of its MD-11 freighters. Industry analysts and carrier executives alike expect further casualties among freighter operators. "There will be some exits. Operators will decide no longer to invest in cargo aircraft," predicted Robert Song, vice president, Asia Pacific, at AirBridgeCargo Airlines. Nick Rhodes, director and general manager of Cathay Pacific Cargo, said it's tough to be a freight operator in today's market. If the carrier focused exclusively on cargo aircraft, he admitted, "we would be struggling to produce black figures at the moment." For Cathay, located in close proximity to the world's largest manufacturing center, it makes sense to be a player with a global network, which requires a freighter fleet of a certain size — about 24-30 all-cargo aircraft, he said. But he added that for carriers located further away from large sources of product, the equation looks different. "If I were Air New
***Singapore Airlines Retracts Capacity ... as SIA has curbed its cargo capacity 20% owing to soft demand and high fuel prices, and the reduction will continue into the northern summer operating season that begins late next month. "The air cargo market has shown weakness for the past 9 months, and the depressed demand that we are seeing across all markets gives us little reason to be optimistic about the near-term outlook," SIA Cargo president Tan Kai Ping said in a statement. This echoes what Cathay Pacific, the world's largest air cargo carrier, said earlier that the cargo market is expected to remain weak in the first half of this year. Industry analyst at RBS Andrew Orchard told Reuters: "Cargo demand over the last year has been very weak. Airlines are still running their cargo schedules a little too high and load factors have been falling for some time now. SIA Cargo currently operates 13 Boeing 747-400 freighters.
***Boeing Sees Long Term Growth ..... as it has forecast the delivery of 11,450 new aircraft in Asia Pacific worth US$1,500Bn over the next 20 years, to meet 6.7% annual traffic growth. "The number of airplanes in the Asia Pacific fleet will nearly triple, from 4,410 airplanes in 2010 to 13,480 airplanes in 2030," Boeing said. Airbus has forecast the Asia-Pacific region to take delivery of approximately 9,370 new aircraft worth US$1,300Bn over the next 20 years, to meet 5.9% annual traffic growth. The deliveries would account for 34% of all new aircraft, with more than 100 seats entering service worldwide during the forecast period.
***No More Doing The "Continental" .... as the days are numbered for the Continental Airlines name, the Houston Chronicle reports. In just about 2 weeks, parent company United Continental Holdings will begin using only United for nearly all of its interactions with customers. And, with that, the Chronicle writes the Continental name "will begin fading in the distance as two carriers that have merged into the world's largest become United. For now, Continental fans can take heart that "some United Continental planes still will bear the Continental name, until the company completes the task of repainting 700 aircraft that began when Houston-based Continental and Chicago-based United Airlines merged in Oct. 2010.
***Reanimating The Dead ...... as the idea of making troubled MidAmerica St Louis Airport, on the Illinois side of the Mississippi opposite St. Louis, Missouri, into China air cargo hub has been revived with the idea of issuing US$550M to finance the project. Two St Clair County Board committees have approved the bond issue on behalf of Strategic Air Cargo Inc of Chesterfield, Mo.
***Korean Air Big On The Boeing ..... as it has become the first airline in the world to operate both of Boeing's new 747-8 and 777 freighters after taking delivery of the new aircraft at Seoul-Incheon airport. The 747-8 freighter offers a range of 8,130 kilometers and a maximum structural payload capacity of 154 tons, while offering an additional 4,221 cubic feet and 16% more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400 freighter. The twin-engine Boeing 777 Freighter is the most fuel-efficient airplane with leading economic and environmental performance in its category. It has a cargo capacity of 103 tons, with a range of 9,038 kilometers. The airline plans to operate the 747-8 freighter on its transpacific route, with stops in
***Delamination of The 787 .... as Boeing expects the inspection & repair of 787s affected by composite delamination due to improper longeron shimming to slow near-term deliveries, but is unlikely to change its full year delivery forecast. "We don't think it will impact deliveries for the year, it will slow things down initially though," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh at a dual 747-8F and 777F delivery to Korean Air Cargo in Everett, Washington 6 Feb. Boeing is currently forecasting delivering between 35 and 42 787s in 2012. The airframer began inspecting more than 50 787s spread across its
***Kenya Airways' First Freighter ...... as it has a new Boeing 747-400 freighter, which will fly twice weekly between Guangzhou, China, and Nairobi, Kenya, and Lagos, Nigeria, has a capacity of 120 metric tons and 876 cubic meters of space. The cargo service will be run in association with Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. In the last quarter of 2011, Kenya Airways said its cargo tonnage rose 6.2 percent to 16,131 tons. The company expects to carry flowers to
***Global Aviation Crashes ... as the largest commercial provider of charter flights for U.S. military, has filed for bankruptcy because of military cuts and US$493.2M in debts. A subsidiary of World Airways and North American Airlines, Global has filed for Chapter 11 to restructure and sell assets which listed at US$589.8M following a credit-rating drop of one level to CCC- by S&P. Last June, it withdrew from US$100M initial public offering.
***Airbuses To Freighters ..... as the first passenger-to-freighter A330-300 and A330-200 conversions are expected to take flight in 2016 under a tie-up program between ST Aerospace and EADS EFW, according to an Airbus announcement. The joint venture expects that the bigger A330-300s will carry a higher, low-weight freight and be sought by integrator and express delivery companies, reports Rosewell, Georgia's Air Cargo World, while the A330-200s are more suited to heavier freight over great distances. ST Aerospace is taking the engineering lead on the A330P2F, which will be manufactured at EADS EFW's facilities in
***Saudi Airlines Cargo Goes BellyFlex .....as it will now provide a service for moving less-urgent shipments. The new BellyFlex offering is aimed toward goods that can be delivered within a transit time of 4 to 8 days.
***Eye Of The Beholder .... as ORBIS International's
***Chicagoland Heats Up ..... as Rockford Solar Partners, a renewable energy development joint venture between Elgin, Ill.-based Wanxiang
***OHL Solutions Slammed For Screening ... as the large logistics services provider based in
***Detriot Is Boring & Dangerous .... as international air cargo at
***Volumes >>> Air China freight volume dropped by a substantial 28.5% year on year and 23.8% month on month to 73,300 tons in January. >>> China Eastern Airlines has posted a 19% year-on-year decline to 97,200 tons in January and a 27.5% month-to-month decline. >>> Brussels Airport posted a year-on-year 7.3% cargo volume increase to 475,000 tons in Dec. >>> LAN Airlines' cargo numbers for January showed a 2.1% traffic increase and a 3.6% capacity increase over the same time period in 2010. Load factor decreased 1 point to 65.4%, year over year. >>> United Airlines & Continental Airlines experienced an 11.9%, year-over-year, drop in freight revenue in Jan. >>>
OUR "C" Section: FF World Ocean News***
4. FF World Ocean Briefs
***Piracy Down, But Still Shocking ...... as the European Shippers' Council (ESC) said the state of piracy, while improving, is still at a "shocking" level. ESC referred to a reported 37 attacks in 2012, coming on the heels of 420 attacks in 2011, with more than 150 hostages currently being held. The ESC emphasized that the use of citadels or safe points currently being used as last resorts, are not solutions, nor are the use of private armed guards aboard vessels.
***Ghost Fleet Grows .... as the global idle containership fleet increased to 286 ships with a total capacity of 750,900 TEU as of the end of Jan. 2012, up 10-fold since June when it hit a low of 75,000 TEU, according to Paris-based Alphaliner. This was attributed to excessive growth container shipping capacity combined with "sluggish' demand on all key trade lanes. In contrast, the total active world fleet increased six per cent to 14.8 million TEU over the same period last year. The data highlights that the Far East-Europe and Far East-North America trades, accounting for 40% of total world fleet deployment, experienced the smallest capacity growth compared to all other routes last year.
***On Time Deliveries Expected To Fall ..... as the advisory & research company Drewry said shippers should expect reliability levels to fall as rates rise, if recent research is an indicator."When rates have been good for carriers, reliability has been below par, while the two best on-time results have occurred in periods when prices have been on the floor," Drewry Supply Chain Advisors said in its February Logistics Executive Briefing. "While the historical results do leave plenty of room for improvement, it is clear that many carriers are committed to improving reliability, even when the motivation in terms of rates has been missing." Drewry said shippers should explicitly emphasize the importance of reliability when drawing up contracts with their carrier partners. Finally, Drewry said carriers should not expect rapid results from short-term improvements in reliability, but rather see it as a way to differentiate themselves from a homogenized market.
***Maersk Line Rates To Rise ..... as the leader plans to increase rates between Asia and several Americas regions from March 15, from the Far East to the east coast of South America, US$600 per TEU and from the Far East to Central America, the west coast of South America (including Buenaventura, Colombia), and Mexico, US$400 per 20-foot container and US$800 per 40-foot, 40-foot high-cube, or 45-foot container. On Feb. 17, Maersk announced overcapacity in the trade was hampering freight rates and that changes would result in a 9% removal of its capacity on the trade.
***"DEAD FREIGHT" Ruling ..... as the transpacific start-up, The Containership Company (TCC), which launched a Shanghai-LA shuttle in 2010, won a ruling in U.S. Bankruptcy Court that it was entitled to pursue shippers for breach of contract, if they failed to meet cargo minimum quantity commitments (MQC). The Norwegian company alleged a breach of contract by 77 shippers, who failed to live up to minimum quantity commitments (MQC). This was reflected in cargo volumes plummeting and skewering freight rates, reported American Shipper. TTC lawyers expect the "remaining shippers to reconsider their tactics and follow in the footsteps of the third of the TCC shippers who have already settled their outstandings with TCC. "Dead Freight" is a shipping term for space reserved with a carrier, but not used by the shipper.
***Paper Mill Threatens
***Container Collision ..... as an MOL containership has collided with a COSCO Container Lines vessel, according to a notice from the Japanese line. The collision occurred between the 6,724-TEU M/V MOL Maneuver and theM/V COSCO Zhen He while southeast of
***Maersk Inc. Sells It's Chassis Business .... as it has entered an agreement to sell its Direct ChassisLink (DCLI) business to Littlejohn & Co., a Connecticut-based private investment firm. A sale price was not announced, but the company said the deal should not have any impact on the 2012 financial results of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. DCLI rents and leases chassis to drayage companies and liner carriers in the
***Throughput >>> Port of Columbo container volume increased 3% to 4,262,887 TEU in 2011 year on year and transshipments up one per cent to 3,123,828 TEU after a 17.6 % increase in 2010. >>>
***This Month In
1799 - USS Constellation, commanded by Capt. Thomas Truxtun, captures the French warship l'Insurgente.
1943 - The organized Japanese resistance on
1947 - Carrier USS Wright (CVL 49) is commissioned.
1978 - A new era in naval communications begins with the launching of the first satellite of the Navy's Fleet Satellite Communications System.
1984 - Destroyer USS Moosbrugger (DD 980) fires approximately 150 shells at Syrian artillery positions east of
***Largest Jones Act Violation .... as U.S Customs has refused to cut US$15M fine for a company that moved an oil rig on a Chinese ship, stopped in
***The Death of Atlantic Mutual Insurance Co. .... as for more than a century, it covered yachts, steamships laden with gold, and even a seemingly indestructible passenger liner called the RMS Titanic. Then last year, the company itself sank—leaving behind a treasure trove of nautical memorabilia that is now up for sale. Yet unlike the high-profile Titanic auction scheduled for April—it aims to unload 5,500 artifacts raised from the wreck, including teacups, passengers' personal items and chunks of the hull, in one big lot—New York officials face the task of figuring out how to creats interest for the low-profile Atlantic Mutual collection. Currently stashed in the offices of an art gallery here, the relics include model ships, maritime paintings, barometers, telescopes, sextants, gold nuggets and even a copy of the insurance policy for the Titanic's hull (Atlantic Mutual cut a US$100,000 check to cover its share of claims.) But the most valuable bit of loot may be the 342 leather-bound volumes that represent possibly the most extensive record of
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We're sorry, but there were so many sinkings, explosions, pirate attacks, fires, cargo mishaps, battles on the water & other disasters at sea that we do not have room to print even the highlights this month. Many people lost their lives at sea this month!!
But you can read all this month's disaster news at our special Internet web feature which provides full details of each event -- our Vessel Casualties & Pirate Activity Database. Bookmark the site and visit every day! Updated twice daily.
SPECIAL NOTE: Please view the dramatic new pictures at our special "Gallery of Cargo Loss" website feature.
See our new photo feature for Feb. 2012: "Acute Rena Failure" - the slow death of M/V Rena as we have been following since Oct. 2011
Also See "Capsize of Cruise M/V Rabaul Queen" - the 100 cruise ship passenger death you did not hear aboout
See our newest photo feature "Singles Only" - Transportation Disasters Told In A Single Photo!
Daily Vessel Casualties ...... as we don't want you to miss the excitement of our 24 hour reports of the dramatic events at sea each day -- stories of casualties & pirates --- almost none of which are carried on your local news. Edited daily by Christoph Wahner, Esq. of Countryman & McDaniel.
NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by sea continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker. It's dangerous out there.
OUR "D" Section: FF in Cyberspace***
6. The Cargo Letter "Cyber Ports Of Call"
Here are our suggested world wide web sites of the week for your business, your information and your amusement..............
Cargo & Trade>>>>>>
APL Logisitcs ShipmentOptimizer ........ video of new shipment planning platform aimed at changing the way large freight buyers coordinate their transportation activities.
Automatic Skew Control Ship-to-shore (STS) Cranes Productivity
Guarding Your Supply Chain Data
History of the Airforwarders Association ...... great video
New FMC Report: Study of The 2008 Repeal of The Liner Conference Exemption From European Union Competition Law
Next Customs Broker License Examination Is Monday, April 2, 2012
Sealift Command Takes Part In Historic Amphibious Exercise
U.S. Air Cargo Advance Screening Project -- AfA Update
U.S. Custom & Border Protection Trade Transformation Goals - Initiatives for 21st Century Trade
J.J. Kelly Customizable Logistics Signs & Labels
Jobs 2 Sea - Maritime Professionals, Ashore and at Sea
SmartTrip ...... making smart business travel decisions
ZTRAK: Battery-Operated Asset Tracking
Trade Shows, Exhibitions, Conferences & Business Events Worldwide
World Trade Organization Events
10th 3PL Summit, June 18-20 in Chicago
26th Annual Commercial Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference ......March 5-7, 2012, Beverly Hills
2012 CNS Partnership Conference ........ 6-8 May, 2012, Miami
ALACAT 24th Congress ....... 13-16 May 2012, San Antonio, Texas
AirCargo 2012 .......18-20 March 2012, Miami
Between the Wharf and the Warehouse – What's Next? ......
Breakbulk China 2012 .... 28 Feb. - 1 March 2012, Shanghai
CNS Partnership Conference 2012 ......6-8 May 2012, Miami
Cool Logistics Africa 2012 Conference ...... 24-26 April, Cape Town
ECA Marketplace 2012 (shippers & carriers) ........10-12 April 2012, Chicago
European Shortsea Convention 12.... 24 May 2012, Dublin, Ireland
IATA World Cargo Symposium 2012 ........13-15 March 2012, Kuala Lumur, Malaysia
Operation Sail - Tall Ships ....... 17 April 2012,New Orleans
TOC Container Supply Chain: Europe ..... 12-14 June 2012, Antwerp Expo
Transportation & Logistics Council 38th Annual Conference ........ April 23 - 25, 2012, Orlando
World Cargo Symposium 2012 ....... 13-15 March 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Apps For That - iPhones>>>>>>>>>
AgileShip App .......streamline multi-modal carrier payment and access cheapest rates & services
F-16 Dodging 6 Iraqi SAM Launches ...... skip to the 3 minute marker for the action
FlightAware .....the world leader in flight tracking offers the only free flight tracking/flight status app for your device.
IAG Cargo ....... combines British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo to keep track of your shipments in real time anywhere
Recall Plus ...... as this Sap app tracks consumer goods recalls
Hello Kitty Jets: Cutest?
First Look: The Air Force's Latest Experimental Plane, the X-56A
Korea Enters Submarine Export Market
Latest Wrecked Exotic Cars
New York & New Jersey Wall of Shame Top Corporate Egregious Toll Violators ........ some surprises, including US$1.7M for Enterprise Rent A Car.
Taming The Arctic Sea Route
My Apology To President Karzai On Behalf of Americans .... #1 must to see
Things you never want to see in D.C. -- F-16 Intercept
U.S. Revenue Cutters & The War of 1812
OUR "E" Section: The Forwarder/Broker World***
Lozman v. The City of Riviera Beach, Florida
U.S. Supreme Court
Certiorari granted: 21 Feb. 2012
Case #11-626 - 649 F.3d 1259 (11th Cir. 2011)
ADMIRALTY - Whether a floating structure that is indefinitely moored receives power and other utilities from shore and is not intended to be used in maritime transportation or commerce constitutes a "vessel" under 1 U.S.C. § 3, thus triggering federal maritime jurisdiction.
Lozman had his floating home moored to a dock located in the City of
On appeal, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court explaining its binding precedent mandated Defendant is a "vessel." Lozman filed a petition for a writ of certiorari and the Supreme Court granted review to resolve differences in opinion on this issue among the Eleventh Circuit and the Fifth and Seventh Circuits.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide this dispute in the Oct. 2012 session.
Read the details of this dispute:
Written from wire stories, the Associated Press, Reuters, Hong Kong Shipping News Lloyds & other world sources.
Michael S. McDaniel, Esq. Editor (Countryman & McDaniel)
Christoph M. Wahner, Esq. (Countryman & McDaniel) Daily Vessel Casualties
Maria Payne (Countryman & McDaniel)
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