Steamship Lines Announce Price Increase

Matson Lines and Horizon Lines both announced rate increases recently on their Hawaii service. Matson Navigation Company, Aloha Freight Forwarder’s primary steamship line partner, announced on November 25, 2014 that they will raise their rates by an average of 5.4% effective January 04, 2015. Aloha Freight Forwarders will pass this steamship line increase through to…

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Delayed Vessels

Please be advised that due to labor shortages in Oakland as well as a Port of Oakland closure due to a longshoreman fatality in Benicia affecting the MV Mokihana, there will be schedule revisions to arrival time in Honolulu. The MV Manukai will arrive Honolulu Mon 0600 Nov 24, and the MV Mokihana will arrive…

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Port Contract Negotiations

Negotiations between the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have not resulted in a new contract as of yet. The 6 year collective agreement which covered nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports expired July 01, 2014. Labor shortages and low productivity are still an issue throughout the…

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Port Labor Contract & Port Congestion

There are two issues that are combining to impact operations at the West Coast ports. The expired labor contract with the Longshoremen and the high volume of containers in preparation for the holiday season have resulted in severe delays at the terminals. The ports have been heavily impacted with terminal congestion, chassis dislocations, late and…

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Kilauea Volcano Lava Flow

On the Big Island, the Kilauea volcano continues to create a lava flow that is moving toward Pahoa 96778 in the Puna district. Please be advised that normal access to Pahoa via Highway 130 or Railroad Avenue may be impacted by the lava flow and while service is not expected to be disrupted due to…

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Ocean Fuel Surcharge Decrease 11/02/14

Please be advised our primary steamship line partner, Matson Navigation, has advised that effective Sunday, November 02, 2014, the ocean fuel surcharge will decrease from current 42.5% down to 37.5%. Matson makes a practice of providing 30 day notice for upward rate adjustments, but passes on downward adjustments as soon as possible. Shipments received/processed by…

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Update on Tropical Storm Ana

Tropical Storm Ana is tracking further south than originally expected. The US Coast Guard does not anticipate any port closures at this time. Oakland vessel (MAUI – 030W) is expected to arrive 1 hour late on Saturday, which could have some impact/delays on the Long Beach vessel (MKI – 151W) arriving on Sunday evening. Hopefully,…

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Tropical Storm Ana

Please be advised that the barge service in Hawaii is reporting that each port of call throughout Hawaii may be affected by Tropical Storm Ana. Based on present projections, the US Coast Guard is expected to close the ports of Hilo, Kawaihae, Kahului, Kaunakakai, and Kaumalapau on Friday, October 17, 2014; Honolulu on Saturday morning,…

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