Container Lines

Container Lines

At a time when the container shipping landscape is constantly evolving, and market dynamics present increasingly complex challenges for the shipping industry, the JOC provides up-to-the-minute news, analysis and business intelligence about the container lines that transport most of the world's trade including Maersk, COSCO, Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM, MSCONE, Yang Ming, Zim Integrated Shipping Services, and many others.

JOC’s comprehensive coverage ranges from the latest information about new shipping lines to major changes in company leadership, to in-depth analysis of the pricing and volume trends that directly impact shippers' bottom lines and supply chains. The consolidation of the container shipping sector has resulted in increasingly divergent strategies, with some firms focusing solely on ocean transport while others opt for a more "end-to-end" approach. The JOC’s comprehensive, in-depth coverage probes the consequences of these various strategies for shipping lines, shippers, and other stakeholders of container lines.

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News & Analysis

03 Oct 2022
Major carriers and smaller liners are consolidating and halting trans-Pacific services amid a sharp drop in spot freight rates that hasn’t been cured by blank sailings.
30 Sep 2022
Spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific are dropping so quickly — and by such large amounts — that industry analysts warn carriers could soon be carrying containers at a loss.
30 Sep 2022
A trio of technology providers want to give shippers the ability to tie sensor-based container data to in-transit cargo insurance decisions.
29 Sep 2022
A consortium of liner carriers and terminals aiming to speed the sharing of shipment data with banks believes it can overcome a chronic consent hurdle in the process.
28 Sep 2022
Vessel on-time performance to US ports improved in August, but was still noticeably below global reliability as supply chain bottlenecks on some of the major east-west trade lanes began to ease.
23 Sep 2022
Trans-Pacific carriers in recent months slashed capacity to the West Coast as Asian imports and freight rates plummeted this summer, but the trade will likely continue to have excess capacity in the coming months unless they blank more capacity than is currently planned.
23 Sep 2022
Executives at Wan Hai Lines and Mediterranean Shipping Co. foresee softer trans-Pacific container volumes for the last quarter of 2022 as consumers pull back on spending.
22 Sep 2022
The growing popularity of “China-plus-one” sourcing strategies is working to India’s benefit, sending trade between the US and India to record highs as shippers seek to diversify their supply chains.
20 Sep 2022
CMA CGM will deploy six vessels with an average capacity of 2,000 TEU on its new Medgulf loop between the ports of Houston and Miami and the Mediterranean.
19 Sep 2022
The move to allow for transshipment cargo from Bangladesh via barge and short-sea container ships builds on a previous carve-out for cross-border trucking and rail services.
19 Sep 2022
In the third detention and demurrage complaint against Hapag-Lloyd in the past year, Orange Avenue Express alleged the ocean carrier charged $258,000 in detention for containers that could not be returned due to port congestion.
16 Sep 2022
The Port of New York and New Jersey has seen an uptick in empty container sweeps by ocean carriers after its decision to impose a tariff aimed at empty boxes lingering in the region.
15 Sep 2022
US imports from Asia remained strong through August despite container shipping indicators normally associated with a drop in cargo volumes.
15 Sep 2022
Hapag-Lloyd insists that its core ocean container focus remains in place despite acquiring a significant stake in an Italian logistics company.
14 Sep 2022
The trans-Pacific accounted for 18 percent of Wan Hai’s total liftings in the first half of the year, up from 12 percent in the year-ago period.
14 Sep 2022
 US agriculture shippers still face challenges and elevated costs in reaching overseas markets due to unexpected billing from ocean carriers and uncertain vessel schedules.
13 Sep 2022
An eight-month probe into Australia's maritime industry was launched after complaints by shippers into soaring freight rates and ancillary fees.
09 Sep 2022
Ocean carriers are trimming trans-Pacific vessel capacity amid weakening market fundamentals, but the traditional slowdown from China’s Golden Week is likely at play as well.
09 Sep 2022
A mandated “container available” data element related to demurrage fees is largely not being complied with yet as the shipping industry grapples with the immediate implications of OSRA-22.
09 Sep 2022
Production of green fuels will ramp up quickly as soon as viable alternative energy sources are found, but only if the right legislation is in place to attract investment critical for infrastructure and R&D, says Maersk.
09 Sep 2022
Comparing the productivity of diversified third-party logistics providers is an imperfect science, but measuring a 3PL’s revenue per employee is one key metric.
08 Sep 2022
There are growing expectations among analysts and NVOs that weakening US import demand and tumbling spot rate levels will trigger a new round of blank sailings.
08 Sep 2022
Maersk has stopped accepting inland point intermodal freight for Fort Worth due to inland rail ramp congestion that has resulted in severe delays in the retrieval of import cargo.
07 Sep 2022
While US retailers downgraded their forecast for year-over-year monthly import declines, they nonetheless remain bullish on growth in retail sales.
07 Sep 2022
A contract is a contract — and needs to be respected by both parties regardless of spot rate movements — according to Hapag-Lloyd's CEO.
06 Sep 2022
The recently ample supply of equipment has cut the price of new 40-foot containers by about 20 percent since late last year, and the price could soften further into 2023, according to Drewry.
05 Sep 2022
CMA CGM is reinvesting the bulk of its earnings in acquisitions and decarbonization as the carrier’s profitability continues to grow, even as its CEO warned that the downturn in container shipping has begun.
02 Sep 2022
Technology intended to help shippers and forwarders manage arrival notice information might be the solution that federal regulators are seeking to bridge data gaps from carriers and terminals.
01 Sep 2022
This year will mark the peak of container shipping profitability, with carriers entering an unavoidable downturn in the markets, according to global bank HSBC.
31 Aug 2022
A huge increase in profitability by Cosco Shipping Holdings will be channeled into shareholder pockets over the next three years, the state-owned carrier has told investors.
30 Aug 2022
NYSHEX is expanding the reach of its mutually enforceable contract technology to ocean freight agreements outside of its platform as it widens its focus beyond the trans-Pacific trade lane.
25 Aug 2022
Vessel schedule reliability in the eastbound trans-Pacific last month improved to the West Coast but deteriorated for the third consecutive month at ports along the East and Gulf coasts.
25 Aug 2022
Even with the recent sharp decline in spot rates, they are still more than twice what they were two years ago when imports from Asia began to surge after initial COVID-19 lockdowns in the US were lifted.
23 Aug 2022
Mediterranean Shipping Co. will delay Asia departures for a week or more in September as port congestion and vessel bunching disrupts vessel arrivals in North America.
19 Aug 2022
Wan Hai says adding port calls to the US East Coast gives the carrier and its customers more options for returning empty containers rather than just sending them to the Port of New York and New Jersey.