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Eric Watkins

Americas Correspondent

San Pedro

Eric Watkins is the Americas Correspondent for Lloyd’s List, covering container traffic in the Western Hemisphere. Based in Los Angeles, California, Eric covers the major container ports along the Pacific Coast and is familiar with the region’s transport system, including maritime, railroad and trucking.

Eric brings a global perspective to his work, having worked as a foreign correspondent in the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia, Africa and Europe. Now living on a bluff overlooking San Pedro Bay, Eric is well positioned to report on the global traffic that plies the seas to and from the Pacific gateways of North and South America.

Latest From Eric Watkins

Landmark moment for US east coast ports investment

After Wilmington, Hyundai Hope will call at Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, two other east coast ports that have invested heavily to attract discretionary cargo now pouring through the Panama Canal

Containers Ports and Logistics

US boosts loan to Mozambique LNG in competition with Russia and China

The Exim Bank helps foreign companies buy American products when private lenders will not provide financing, with one of its goals being to ‘advance the US’ comparative leadership in the world with respect to China’

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Blank sailings slash container throughput at Northwest Seaport Alliance

The NWSA joins leading container ports to the south — Oakland, Long Beach, and Los Angeles — in announcing lower throughput due to the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic

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US oil production suffers as home orders reduce demand

The benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude oil average spot price fell 50% from $58 per barrel in January 2020 to $29 per barrel in March and 71% to the April price of $17 per barrel

Tankers and Gas United States

Key investments render North and South Carolina ports ‘big-ship’ ready

The ports of Wilmington and Charleston see long-term investments as the key to resilience in the face of adversity created by such events as the coronavirus outbreak

US States Containers

PD Ports on investors’ radar as owner reviews options

While revenue from airports and toll roads is now under severe pressure, prospects for ports and freight companies look more promising for investors, with the possibility of PD Ports being sold already stirring interest

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