NAWE Statement on Arrival of “Alliances”

Posted by John Crowley on April 3, 2017 11:40 AM EDT

Marine Terminal Operations will be the epicenter of the historic industry transition to three major steamship alliances. NAWE will closely monitor the national implementation of steamship alliances and address industry-wide questions.  We urge all members of the supply chain to continue efforts in anticipation, preparation, collaboration, and responsiveness in their contribution toward success in transition.

WASHINGTON, D.C. Functionally, as the key intermodal node of the supply chain, the terminal operators own and operate the cranes that rise above the horizon and draw everyone’s focus to the supply chain. Marine Terminal Operations will be the epicenter of the historic industry transition to three major steamship alliances. NAWE will closely monitor the operational implementation of the alliances’ arrival on the waterfront and in the global supply chain.

The entire supply chain is fully engaged in preparation as the three new major steamship line “alliances” implemented their new vessel deployments on April 1st. The arrival in US ports will occur over time and later in the month. BCO’s are confirming new applicable vessel services and putting accounts in place. MTO’s are confirming where services will call. Railroads, chassis interchanges, drayage services are confirming impact of schedules on equipment and labor and planning changes. Port Authorities are facilitating collaboration between all parties. Despite all of these preparations there is a potential for temporary shortfalls in planning, equipment and labor. As is often the case, the resultant turmoil is likely to be first and foremost seen on the waterfront.

This is an “all hands on-deck” evolution. Nevertheless, some are heard to voice more concern over the responsibility of other parties than their own. NAWE cautions against this approach.

The Marine Terminal industry will be impacted by this historic transition and is worked hard to be prepared. NAWE will closely monitor the national implementation of steamship alliances and address industry-wide questions. We urge all members of the supply chain to continue efforts in anticipation, preparation, collaboration, and responsiveness in their contribution toward success in transition.


For further information, contact NAWE Executive Director, John Crowley at 202-587-4801 or John.Crowley@NAWE.US 

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