US auto imports slid 8 percent during the first seven months of 2022, reflecting supply chain snarls, even as high and heavy imports gained steam.
Includes vehicles, “high and heavy” cargo such as wheeled agricultural and mining machinery and tractors, and breakbulk and project cargo moved on wheels on ro-ro ships and auto carriers.
News & Analysis
15 Jun 2022
Container ship capacity has become so scarce that cargoes are spilling over not only to breakbulk and multipurpose vessels, but to the roll-on/roll-off sector as well.
02 Jun 2022
Demand for long-haul ro/ro services is strong, but COVID lockdowns and growing global economic uncertainties are constraining vehicle volumes, executives say.
09 May 2022
The latest newbuild order from Japan’s MOL continues a flurry of vehicle carrier orders made in the last month that will result in a bigger — and greener fleet — global fleet.
11 Mar 2022
The Georgia Ports Authority plans to spend $150 million to create a “massive gateway port” for ro/ro and breakbulk cargo.
08 Feb 2022
Auto makers and finished vehicle logistics (FVL) service providers say a dearth of car-haul drivers, dockworkers, and auto processing labor could hinder the tentative recovery in auto manufacturing.
07 Feb 2022
The Northwest Seaport Alliance saw record breakbulk tonnage in 2021 thanks to container congestion and booming demand for construction machinery.
28 Jan 2022
Even a slight recovery in auto production means shippers should brace for the reality that already tight vessel capacity will become even scarcer, ro/ro carriers warn.
29 Nov 2021
Lasse Kristoffersen, former CEO of bulk operator Torvald Klaveness, will take the helm of Wallenius Wilhelmsen
12 Nov 2021
Elevated freight rates and strong high and heavy and breakbulk volumes boosted roll-on/roll-off carrier Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s earnings even as vehicle volumes slide due to chip and parts shortages.
04 Oct 2021
Oslo-based Höegh’s latest order for vehicle carriers comes amid growth in imports of China-made vehicles at European ports.
23 Sep 2021
While the ro/ro market booms thanks to high consumer demand and spillover container cargo, soaring vessel costs and an ongoing chip shortage add risk.
21 Sep 2021
Ro/ro carriers are adding capacity and ordering ships as Brexit snarls supply chains and complicates European labor shortages.
16 Sep 2021
Car dealers are "screaming" for inventory, but COVID-19 shutdowns and a snarled semiconductor supply chain are throwing up obstacles to production.
23 Aug 2021
Booming demand for machine tools and other breakbulk and high and heavy cargo boosted ro/ro carrier Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s volumes during the second quarter.
04 Aug 2021
MOL’s order for LNG-fueled car carriers shows that ro-ro newbuildings are stacking up as the sector pivots toward lower-carbon and next-generation fuels.
14 Jul 2021
The new ships will be capable of using liquefied natural gas, liquefied biogas, and synthetic diesel, with an option for battery power, according to Wallenius Marine.
27 Apr 2021
The first of a new, project-cargo and EV-friendly generation of green pure car and truck carriers is scheduled to arrive at Hoegh Autoliners by the end of 2023.
26 Feb 2021
Grimaldi and United European Car Carriers are pursuing lower emissions vessels, and Wallenius Wilhelmsen is taking three more ships out cold layup to serve a rebounding vehicle cargo market
23 Feb 2021
High and heavy shipper John Deere's earnings spiked 137 percent year over year in the first quarter of the company’s fiscal 2021 as strong crop prices and post-pandemic inventory restocking boosted sales.
17 Feb 2021
The IMO's low-carbon standards and shippers eager to reduce their carbon footprints are pushing vessel operators toward lower-emission designs such as WW’s wind-powered ship.
05 Feb 2021
Regulators have now fined ocean carriers Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean (WWO), NYK RORO, and “K” Line a total of $63 million for price fixing on vehicle shipping services on routes to Australia.
04 Feb 2021
As congestion and rate pressure continue to squeeze the container market, some breakbulk cargo is shifting out of boxes back to ro/ro.
02 Feb 2021
A microprocessor chip shortage and new COVID-19 spread could slow recovery by hampering vehicle production.
11 Jan 2021
Rising short-term charter rates and recovering cargo volumes are leading ro-ro carriers to reactivate ships in cold lay-up since early 2020.
16 Nov 2020
Wallenius Wilhelmsen turns in a positive third quarter as pent-up demand boosts auto sales while high and heavy cargo wavers.
02 Oct 2020
The car trade will soon be back to pre-COVID levels, according to Grimaldi’s CEO, as the company incorporates 17 green, high-tech newbuildings into its ranks and the European vehicle market adapts to green tech and decarbonization.
28 Sep 2020
The ports of Baltimore, Maryland, and Brunswick, Georgia, have reported a sharp uptick in roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) cargo since June as consumer demand returns and dealers restock vehicle inventories.
25 Sep 2020
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down automobile manufacturing and consumer demand, vehicle volumes in and out of European ports were well below prior year levels.
24 Sep 2020
Risk of excess capacity in the global roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) fleet remains high even as sales improve, as car and high and heavy volumes are not expected to return to 2019 levels until 2023.
25 Aug 2020
Breakbulk shipper John Deere is signaling mild optimism for the balance of the year even as construction and agriculture machinery sales falter due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
24 Aug 2020
Despite a COVID-19-driven construction slowdown and a complex permitting regime, the second wave of breakbulk cargo will soon begin delivery to the $40 billion LNG Canada project.
21 Aug 2020
Stable high-and-heavy cargo volumes reduced loss margins for Wallenius Wilhelmsen as the carrier slow steams and puts 15 ships in cold layup to cut costs.
31 Jul 2020
The heavy equipment manufacturer saw second-quarter sales tumble 42 percent in North America as the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis crushed end-user demand.
18 Jun 2020
The automotive restart has encountered headwinds, as uneven timings of plant re-openings have created trade imbalances and factories have reduced their production capacities due to a lack of access to parts, while consumer demand remains a key unknown.
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