Crux Systems Insights

Impacts of the Panama Canal expansion

June 2, 2017 by Eric Klein |

Shipping

One year ago the Panama Canal's expanded locks opened to accommodate container ships that can carry more than 13,000 TEU, nearly three times bigger than the 5,000 TEU ships that can pass through the original locks built more than 100 years ago. As a point of comparison, the largest...

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End of the line

May 4, 2017 by Siri Casper |

Shipping

More than 18 million shipping containers are brought into the US every year. Our job is to track where they’re coming in and when they leave the terminal. However, when they reach the end of their useful life as shipping containers, we’ve also been tracking where a few of them end up.

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Oops! That wasn’t suppose to go there

March 31, 2017 by Siri Casper |

Shipping

You pretty much expect that when your container is loaded on a ship, it will eventually arrive at the terminal where you want it to be delivered.

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Vessel tracking done right

December 1, 2016 by Eric Klein |

Shipping

Back in September just before the Hanjin crisis broke out, we were busy building a new means for tracking container vessels arriving into the United States. It was this early development that allowed us to watch the impending doom happen in near real time when the Hanjin bankruptcy...

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When the data tells of impending doom

September 2, 2016 by Eric Klein |

Shipping

Making sense of big data is no small challenge. But making sense of big data can tell some fascinating stories. As the story was unfolding about the failure of the world’s seventh-largest ocean carrier, Hanjin, we saw the impact on the supply chain happening in real time.

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Panama Canal expansion

July 21, 2016 by Eric Klein |

Shipping

The Panama Canal expansion is complete and we’re finally getting a chance to see the big ships pass through. The predictions of whether cargo will shift from one port to another will now be put to the test. Will the US East Coast take away cargo from California? If it does, it will...

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Hurricane Joaquin has a bigger reach than most people realize

October 1, 2015 by Eric Klein |

Logistics, Shipping, Terminals

The East Coast is getting ready to batten down the hatches as Hurricane Joaquin leaves the Bahamas and heads north. As of the time of this post, Joaquin is just a category 3 storm and will likely increase in strength to a category 4.

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Delivering efficiently today

June 29, 2015 by Eric Klein |

Shipping, Terminals, Trucking

The backlog of cargo at West Coast ports has been clearing up, but problems still remain.

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