Daily Transportation and Logistics News – July 27, 2011

Aviation funding fight overshadowed by US debt debate

The fight over funding for U.S. aviation construction programs will likely not end while Congress is focused on the debt ceiling debate, a Senate transportation leader said on Tuesday, indicating a partial airport shutdown could stretch on for weeks.

‘The Key is McConnell’: White House Looks to GOP Senate Leader for Help

With debt negotiations locked in what President Obama last night referred to as a “stalemate,” the president is looking to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, for help.

Boehner, Reid appear to have given ground in debt proposals

With just a week to go before a potentially ruinous U.S. government default, the partisan war over raising the federal debt ceiling ground on in Washington on Tuesday.

Ocean Charter Market Declines

Containership charter rates are tumbling as ocean carriers re-asses their tonnage requirements amid slowing cargo growth and weakening freight rates.

Panama Begins Pouring Concrete for New Locks

The contractor group that is building the new set of locks for the Panama Canal began permanent concrete work on both the Atlantic and Pacific locks, marking one of the most important phases of the construction.

Capo Suggests Separate Banana, Short-Sea Pacts

The International Longshoremen’s Association and management should consider separate contracts for short-sea shipping and proprietary cargo such as bananas, management’s chief negotiator told the ILA’s quadrennial convention.

Analysts: Senate plan saves $2.2 trillion

Budget analysts said Wednesday that a Senate Democratic plan to reduce the deficit and increase the nation’s borrowing authority would save $2.2 trillion over a decade, more than a rival House Republican proposal but less than promised.

Truckin’ TV

With the large number of reality TV programs out there, it seems trucking is getting a lot of exposure. This article goes into detail on many current and upcoming shows that can be seen on a variety of channels.

Trucking news: ATA tonnage shows growth in June

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reported today truck tonnage took a step in the right direction, snapping two months of declines, with a 2.8 percent increase in its advance seasonally-adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage index in June.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst
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