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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.

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US west coast ports and supply chains need 24/7 work week

Mr Cordero is highly aware that the 24/7 mentality cannot be limited to the dockworkers or even the port itself ‘because ultimately to have a robust 24/7 model, it has to move to the supply chain’ as a whole

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New US terminal opening ‘at right time’

‘This project is a momentous achievement,’ said South Carolina governor Henry McMaster

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Court intervenes in US port crime watchdog dispute

New Jersey is seeking to withdraw from a bi-state commission that monitors corruption at New York’s port complex

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Florida’s Jaxport offers solution to US port congestion

‘Jacksonville is quickly emerging as an alternative port for shippers looking to avoid congestion,’ says chief executive. ‘We’re big enough to handle the business but we are not too big where we don’t pay attention to details’

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Fujairah seeks dismissal of US oil forfeiture case

Fujairah International Oil & Gas Corp told the US District Court for the District of Columbia that the US government seized the property ‘while subject to coastal state authority in a foreign nation (UAE) aboard a foreign-flag vessel and while subject to a supply contract governed by UAE law.’

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Controlling Southern California’s ship congestion is an ‘orderly process’

‘Our function is very much like an air traffic control tower to ensure safe, secure, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sound, maritime transportation so that people in the ports can then move the cargo to its destination,’ he says 

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