DC Velocity, mention

Can IT help the shipping industry deep-six the container “no-show” problem?

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By Mark B. Solomon In late February, AP Moller-Maersk Group CEO Soren Skou laid out perhaps the most audacious strategy in the container shipping industry’s 62-year history. Within three to five years, the Danish giant would become a provider like FedEx Corp., DHL Express, and UPS Inc., delivering reliable end-to-end service across an integrated transportation network, with Maersk the customer’s…

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Canadian Sailings, Published

How Davisville, Rhode Island, aims to capture some of Canada’s port volumes

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By Ira Breskin Recently serving as a viable alternative debarcation port for Canada-bound auto imports may pay larger, longer-term dividends for Port of Davisville, located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Davisville last year enjoyed a spike in Canada-bound auto shipments because of the severe 2014-2015 winter that played havoc with operations at some competing northeastern ports, specifically Halifax. Record snowfall…

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New York Times, Published

Fighting to Preserve a Chapter of Setauket History

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By Ira Breskin An effort in Setauket to commemorate a once-thriving mixed-race community here is in its final stages. However, doing so reinvigorates a long simmering debate among friendly factions about the accuracy of local history. The Bethel-Christian Avenue-Laurel Hill Historic District is a historically mixed-race neighborhood next to Setauket’s historic downtown area. The half-mile stretch is anchored by the…

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Crains New York, Published

New York’s ships have come in

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New York’s ships have come in New York City’s cruise traffic grows as ports make bid to draw more megaships. By Ira Breskin When the brand-new megaship Breakaway arrived in early May at the West Side pier for its christening, ship operator Norwegian Cruise Line and its terminal host pulled out all the stops. An elaborate shipboard ceremony featured Mayor…

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About, Featured, Workboat

OSV operators seek maritime academy grads

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NEW ORLEANS—-State maritime academy students are beginning to look beyond the traditional bluewater horizon to jobs on offshore service vessels. And OSV operators, in turn, are courting more graduates on campus. “They’re dating, but they haven’t gotten engaged,” said Ira Breskin, senior lecturer State University of New York Maritime College. “It could be a very nice marriage.” The academies, which…

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