Container Lines

Container Lines

In-depth coverage of container freight, including TEUs, iso containers, container standards and relevant issues.

The container carrier landscape is constantly evolving. See how the companies involved have changed as a result of mergers and acquisitions since 1977.

Commentary

By failing to act forcefully on controversial detention and demurrage charges during recent spikes in port and terminal congestion, the Federal Maritime Commission missed a golden opportunity to be relevant.

News & Analysis

22 May 2015
United Arab Shipping Co., a member of the Ocean Three Alliance, has taken delivery of the world’s greenest ultra-large container ship.
reefer shipment
22 May 2015
It’s no secret that specialized carriers are losing refrigerated cargo market share to containerized carriers, but details about why it’s happening, how much cargo is really shifting and who ultimately will control which pieces of the market are less apparent.
21 May 2015
Shipping Corporation of India swung to $31.5 million net profit in fiscal year 2014-15, which ended March 31, from a $43.2 million loss in the previous year, driven by continued cost-cutting and improved freight earnings that helped compensate for a marginal decline in operating revenue.
Port of New York and New Jersey, Maher Terminals
21 May 2015
Demurrage and per-diem detention fees at gridlocked U.S. ports have turned into a multimillion-dollar hot potato. Cargo interests, truckers, ocean carriers and marine terminals are locked in noisy, seemingly nonstop argument over responsibility for the fees. It’s a complex problem with no easy solution — but plenty of finger-pointing.
20 May 2015
The Suez Canal is scheduled to be wider and deeper by the end of the summer, but the potential savings of time and money for shippers and carriers is not a concern for Panama Canal Authority CEO Jorge Quijano said Wednesday.
20 May 2015
Maersk’s SeaLand brand focused on Americas trade on Wednesday said it would tie-up with APL to launch a weekly service connecting Colombia, Panama and the U.S. East Coast, starting as soon as next month.
20 May 2015
Container lines’ on-time reliability in April was the best since October, indicative of a return to “normal” operations in the major trade lanes, according to Drewry Maritime Research.
20 May 2015
Zim Integrated Shipping Services returned to profit in the first quarter as a multi-billion dollar restructuring and sharply lower fuel prices accelerated its financial revival after seven straight years in the red.
19 May 2015
Footwear importers are doing more business in Southeast Asia than ever before, and imports from that region will grow even faster if the U.S. approves the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
19 May 2015
Despite an environment of overcapacity, two of the largest carriers in the Asia-Europe trade intend to increase freight rates on June 1.