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

When Maersk Line in 2011 ordered 20 Triple E vessels capable of carrying 18,000 TEUs each, it marked a sea change in the container shipping industry. It was, after all, the first time a carrier placed an order for ships not to meet demand, but to cut operating costs — the ships burn 40 percent less fuel.

News & Analysis

01 Oct 2014
Carriers on the trans-Pacific have unveiled a bold new pricing approach to the 2015-16 contract season that will establish minimum rate levels and improve the bunker fuel cost recovery mechanism.
01 Oct 2014
Two indices show Chinese manufacturing production rose in September at a time that factories would normally be powering down as demand to fill Western holiday orders wanes.
01 Oct 2014
Some bad news for shippers: Switching to low-sulfur fuel on a global basis in 2020 could cost the container shipping industry up to $100 billion per year, which will likely cause container freight rates to rise as carriers attempt to pass the costs onto beneficial cargo owners.
01 Oct 2014
While congestion continues to plague ports in North America and northern Europe, a number of other incidents are popping up that are also likely to negatively impact the global schedule reliability of ocean carriers.
01 Oct 2014
The benchmark spot rate from Hong Kong to the U.S. West Coast remained unchanged this week, despite the potential for weakness tied to China’s week-long Golden Week holiday in early October.
30 Sep 2014
A Zim Integrated Shipping Services ship forced to abandon its scheduled call at the Port of Oakland over the weekend is now docked at the Port of Long Beach and unloading.
30 Sep 2014
Carriers operating in the Asia-Europe and trans-Pacific trades could fall victims to their own tactics, as Alphaliner predicts their refusal to trim capacity and the delivery of big ships could cause major spot rate erosion.
30 Sep 2014
Nearly $300 million in subsidies were given to four Chinese ship lines today, as the Chinese government begins to roll out parts of a six-year plan to update its shipping industry.
30 Sep 2014
Maersk Line has announced low-sulfur surcharges of up to $160 per 20-foot container on the North Atlantic and lesser amounts on other trade routes to offset the cost of complying with regulations requiring ships to switch to cleaner fuels in 2015.
29 Sep 2014
Iran and Oman plan to launch a shipping line to boost maritime trade between the two countries by the end of the year.