FMC Clamps Down on US Port Congestion

Image Courtesy: Port of LA

The United States Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has launched an initiative comprising representatives from 34 companies to come up with solutions aimed at supply chain improvements that would help alleviate the US port congestion problems.

FMC’s Supply Chain Innovation Team Initiative, led by Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, would be working over the next two-days in teams to develop process innovations that will “improve the reliability, resilience, and competitiveness of America’s global supply chain,” FMC said.

The teams are membered by representatives from the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, New York and New Jersey, chassis businesses, shippers, logistics firms along with labor unions.

Aside to labor talks at US West Coast ports that brought the ports to a virtual standstill in 2015, a report released by the FMC last year identified cargo growth, investment constraints, the introduction of larger ships, and ocean carrier alliances as the major causes of congestion at the nation’s container ports.

“The innovation team approach focuses on obstacles to the smooth flow of cargo in our USD 980 billion annual export and import containerized trade,” said Dye.

“We are not offering an ‘FMC solution’ to congestion-related problems. Rather, we are acting as a catalyst for committed teams of major company leaders as they exchange ideas and debate creative proposals for supply chain improvements. The nonpublic, small team effort is conducive to robust engagement among team members.”

Commissioner Dye emphasized that the FMC’s initiative is intended to complement and accelerate other on-going efforts, such as those underway in Los Angeles, Long Beach and at the Port of New York & New Jersey, and to stimulate similar efforts elsewhere.

“This is not a ‘quick fix’ to complex, systemic supply chain congestion problems, but I am confident the approach we’re taking will produce beneficial results,” Dye remarked.“We expect our teams to move beyond a discussion of problems to a plan of action.”

 

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Apr 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

THE 30TH WORLD PORTS CONFERENCE Enabling Trade Energizing The World

This event is expected to have more than 500 attendees from the field of port, logistics, shipping and maritime industry…

read more >

Singapore Maritime Week 2017

Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) is the leading maritime event in Singapore. Driven by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SMW…

read more >

Breakbulk Europe 2017

For more than a decade, Breakbulk Europe has served as the networking hub for industry professionals who do business in Europe — or would like to! Exhibitors and sponsors include cargo owners, ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports/terminals, heavy haulers, equipment companies and more that are involved in this specialized industry.

In addition to exceptional networking opportunities, Breakbulk Europe provides a dynamic conference, along with a range of educational and training workshops — intensive all-day classes held the day before the exhibition opens as well as many on-the-floor sessions.

  • Over 7,600 participants attended Breakbulk Europe 2016
  • Meet with over 400 exhibitors and sponsors
  • Hear from industry experts, including leading shippers, during the conference sessions
  • Learn new skills in the educational workshops held before the exhibition and on-the-floor micro-seminars and exhibitor-led sessions during the event

More info

read more >

Smart Operations

Smart Operations events, from Fathom Maritime Intelligence, examines how to use intelligent shared integration, and connected operations…

read more >