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Commodity traders investing in supply chain to gain insights

Commodity trading companies are increasingly recognizing that in an era of increased data transparency, they must invest in infrastructure and supply chain assets to gain competitive advantage. As noted in a recent Bloomberg article: “The most valuable commodity out there is information, and the most useful information is the proprietary, critical information that you obtain

Ports Still Attractive Investments, but Risk is on the Rise

Ports Still Attractive Investments, but Risk is on the Rise

PENSION and infrastructure funds continue to view the port sector as a safe investment bet, according to Mercator International partner Steve Rothberg. However, he says concerns are growing over high-risk investments being made to handle big ships. Mr Rothberg highlighted that investment in bigger, wider and faster cranes, longer quays, deeper berths and the like

Savannah Tops NY/NJ in Number of Trans-Pacific Services

Savannah Tops NY/NJ in Number of Trans-Pacific Services

Dynamic market conditions continue to transform the logistics landscape and drive container carriers to invest in larger ships. And as the capacity of container ships grows, carriers find that they need to establish new alliances in order to fill these ships. As market conditions evolve, new patterns of growth are emerging. The JOC recently reported

Derik Andreoli Presents Oil Price Forecast to Puget Sound CSCMP

Derik Andreoli Presents Oil Price Forecast to Puget Sound CSCMP

On April 19, Derik Andreoli, Director of Economic Research and Forecasting at Mercator International delivered a provocative presentation on oil prices and geopolitical risk to the Puget Sound Roundtable Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Mr. Andreoli delivered a similar oil price forecast back in January for the 2017 Logistics Management Magazine Annual Rate Outlook.

Tradepoint Atlantic Inks Deal with Host Terminals

Tradepoint Atlantic Inks Deal with Host Terminals

Tradepoint Atlantic has inked a 10-year deal with Host Terminals to manage most marine operations on the Sparrows Point facility in Baltimore, Maryland. Host Terminals has agreed to co-invest with Tradepoint Atlantic in $30 million in infrastructure improvements to the 3,100 acre facility. The Tradepoint Atlantic Terminal is currently anchored by The Pasha Group, which

Automated Terminal Assessment

Automated Terminal Assessment

In the context of a comprehensive commercial and operational due diligence assignment, Mercator International provided a high-level assessment of the terminal operating and support systems for a network of automated terminals.

Steve Rothberg Speaks at Conference in Long Beach

Steve Rothberg, Partner at Mercator International, was among presenters at this year’s Pulse of the Port conference held today in the Port of Long Beach. In his presentation, Mr. Rothberg spoke to current events in the sector, specifically about the unprecedented restructuring and consolidation in the ocean liner space.  Mr. Rothberg provided a summary of

Columbia Scraps Waterway Project

Columbia Scraps Waterway Project

As reported by infrappworld.com, the Government of Colombia is about to cancel a US$861m PPP project for navigation improvements to the Magdalena River due to financing challenges.  This contract had been earlier awarded to Odebrecht  of Brazil, but the latter company is facing lawsuits across South America and failed to provide the initial funding required