Panama Canal expects Asian cargo increase as US dispute escalates
The Panama Canal Authority says that it is anticipating an increase in Asian cargo moving through its waterway, if US dockers at APMT Los Angeles step up their opposition to automation planned for the Maersk-owned terminal.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has lodged an objection to Maersk’s application for a permit to lay the ground work for self-driving yard trucks at its APMT Los Angeles terminal.
“Automation is already here. It may not be something that is having an immediate impact but it is coming,” said Panama Canal CEO Jorge Luis Quijano.
The Panama Canal recorded a 4.4 per cent growth in Asia-US east coast container cargo tonnage in 2018 when compared to the year before.
Armed robbery of ships declines in Asia
There has been a significant decline in the number of armed robbery attacks on ships in Asian waters in the first quarter of 2019 according to the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).
There were nine armed attacks and one attempted robbery in Asia between January-March 2019 compared to 21 incidents in the same period in 2018 – a 52% decrease. This is the lowest number of attacks and attempted attacks since records began in 2007.