Getting the two together seems to be the crux of the matter ...
Ocean carriers get blamed for foisting big ships on ports, but say inadequate compensation prevents investment in better service.
By Eric Kulisch |Friday, December 12, 2014
A couple participants at a port industry conference this week called out the container shipping industry for not owning its share of responsibility for severe congestion at several major ports, and other speakers urged carriers to get more involved with port authority task forces to help find solutions.
Two of the major reasons behind the massive backlogs, according to maritime experts, are massive new ships introduced by ocean carriers and their divestment of chassis.
Both moves were taken to cut costs.
Larger vessels currently arriving in some ports have two- to three-times the carrying capacity of previous generation vessels, resulting in a 25 percent cost reduction for transport when fully loaded.