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

What does it mean if the largest container line in the world is making money while most of its peers are less profitable or struggling? Where will it lead?

News & Analysis

28 Aug 2014
Emirates Shipping Line is the latest container line to impose surcharges on India-bound cargoes in response to the months-long intermodal delays that have led to serious equipment imbalance issues at India’s premier container gateways.
28 Aug 2014
China Shipping Container Lines drifted into positive territory in the first half as a gain from one-time asset sales offset high costs and stubbornly weak freight rates that are troubling the liner industry.
Cosco Indian Ocean at Felixstowe
28 Aug 2014
China Cosco Holdings saw its first-half losses soar to $338 million as a difficult shipping environment and the disposal of vessels dragged its year-over-year net profit down by 130 percent, despite solid growth in container volumes.
28 Aug 2014
Jeffrey Boston has succeeded Chris Dombalis as chief executive officer at U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico carrier Trailer Bridge.
28 Aug 2014
Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. could eventually operate ships of up to 19,200-TEUs on east-west trades that touch the U.S., within their planned “2M” vessel-sharing agreement, according to a filing with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.
28 Aug 2014
An investment consortia including the U.S. private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has acquired a portfolio of nine feeder container ships previously owned by German KG funds.
Maersk Line container ship at anchor
28 Aug 2014
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission Wednesday received the “2M” vessel sharing agreement proposal for the east-west trades, starting the clock on the agency’s review of the Maersk Line-Mediterranean Shipping Co. plan for the alliance created following the rejection of the P3 Network by China in June.
27 Aug 2014
CMA CGM has joined other major liner operators in imposing congestion surcharges on inbound inland containers handled at the ports of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) and Pipavav, India’s leading container hubs, to compensate for the extra costs caused by intermodal delays.
27 Aug 2014
Baltic Reefers will acquire NYKCool from NYK Reefers, the refrigerated shipping segment of Japanese shipping giant NYK Line on Sept. 1.
Drewry’s Hong Kong-Los Angeles container freight rate benchmark was unchanged for the second week in a row at $2,075 per FEU.
27 Aug 2014
Spot rates in the trans-Pacific trade are holding steady as peak-season volumes continue to keep capacity tight on trips to the U.S. East and West Coasts.