Black Sea Region Update

April 6th, 2022

Industrial zone of Odessa sea port. Port harbor with grain elevator terminal and container area.

It’s been more than a month since the Russia-Ukraine conflict started. Previously, we have informed that the Odessa port, a strategic port in the Black Sea region (and Ukraine’s largest), had been blocked as a result of the conflict and to this day, remains temporarily closed.

Odessa, being one of Russia’s primary targets; had, so far, escaped the worst of the conflict until Air strikes rocked the strategic Black Sea port last Sunday on April 3rd.

The high-precision sea and air-based missiles targeted an oil refinery and three storage facilities for fuel and lubricants, according to Firstpost. The attack produced three columns of black smoke with flames that rose into the sky. Fortunately, no human casualties were reported.

The recent event suggest that the port will remain closed until further notice.

We will keep you informed regarding this unprecedented situation and hope that Ukraine will soon resume trading with the world.

Southern California Ports Update

March 16th, 2022

shipping cargo

Earlier this month we shared with you the situation in Ukraine, with a focus in the Odessa port – which it’s still temporarily closed. We consider it’s important as well to be informed of the current situation in the local ports:

Last year, the ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach became a symbol of the massive supply-chain chaos that left us with empty store shelves and accelerating inflation.

Back in November, Insider had reported that these ports had broken records with 114 vessels waiting off the coast to dock – some even waiting from the beginning of September.

The problem was not only the docking, but the unloading too – which can take up to several days. And once the unloading is complete, there’s also the trucking issues, as it’s reported that some truckers have had to wait outside the port for up to 8 hours.

The good news is that as of late, the Wall Street Journal reports that “terminals are catching their breath” after the Lunar New Year, a period during which Asian factories stop production. However, now factories are back into production and some of last years issues are expected to return.

As a mean to avoid this issue all-together for our customers, we have preventively, selected alternative routes. Moving forward, another option would be pulling forward production orders to avoid the end of the year congestion.

We will continue to ensure the best services for our customers during these unprecedented circumstances.

US Castings awarded Government Contract for Procurement of Drain Grates – Washington Metro

June 14th, 2017

US Castings has been awarded Government Contract for Procurement of Drain Grates for Washington Metro. More about this:

https://www.wmata.com/about/business/procurement/solicitations/Solicitation-Details.cfm?solicitation_id=3563