Transport, Handling, Warehousing and Distribution of Forest Products
Policy and Politics
The European Commission has adopted an Action Plan to revitalise the marine and maritime economy in the Atlantic Ocean Area, aiming at creating sustainable growth in coastal regions while preserving the environmental and ecological stabilty of the Atlantic Ocean.
Industry data show pulp trade flows have changed over the past decade. But it is still unclear about what that means for the future.
The emissions trading system (ETS) and the recent vote to withhold some 900 million carbon credits from the third phase of the ETS has caused some critics to say the system is broken.
Imports from North Europe to US continued to decline in January and February, making it difficult for ocean carriers to get westbound freight rates back up. The US economy is growing, but containerised cargo does not yet appear to be part of the equation.
Shipping and Maritime
Rickmers-Linie has added a tenth vessel on its eastbound Round-the-World Pearl String Service as part of its continuing programme of investment in its services.
PPI Transport Symposium would not be possible without the support of local businesses and non-profit groups welcoming delegates from around the world.
The Port of Baltimore does very well in forest products. And adjacent to the paper terminal stands Fort McHenry, an historic fort that holds a significant part of the city's and the port's history.
My first PPI Transport Symposium was in London in 1981. Little did I know then that 32 years later I would be chairing PPI TS 20 in the Port of Baltimore.
Not to be over dramatic, but after every Transport Symposium, there's always a little letdown, especially for the conference chairmen.
Returning from Amsterdam, I had more than a few thoughts on our latest Transport Symposium, PPI TS19. Most of all, this time we all seemed to be talking in the middle of the spectrum and the extremes appear to have faded, at least just a little.