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

The port bottlenecks that flow directly from the profusion of big ships truly hit home this year, with cargo delays being felt from Asia to Latin America, traced back to the bigger ships calling at ports ill-equipped to handle them.

News & Analysis

Weekly wrap-up: Port delays, Teamsters and TPM Asia
18 Oct 2014
Coverage on congestion at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex continued to interest JOC.com readers this past week, as what could be the worst gridlock to hit the largest port complex in the Americas continues.
18 Oct 2014
An environmental accident was averted Friday after a Canadian tugboat rescued a stranded Russian container vessel hauling hundreds of tons of fuel, according to the Canadian Press.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for Oct. 17
17 Oct 2014
Multiple container lines have planned general rate increases in numerous trade lanes in October and November, although any gains achieved could be temporary as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
17 Oct 2014
Trans-Pacific carriers received a small boost from a planned Oct. 15 rate increase this week, the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index shows.
17 Oct 2014
The Far East-U.S. East Coast container trade is shaping up as the potential “battlefield” of the future as an enlarged Panama Canal allows carriers to cascade larger ships from the Far East-Europe trade, according to Bimco.
16 Oct 2014
A nine-hour operation to reign in a rogue container ship in Australia's Port Botany apparently only resulted in superficial damage to ships from Hapag-Lloyd, OOCL and Safmarine.
16 Oct 2014
The shift of freight from air to ocean is just a blip for container lines but has hit the air cargo industry hard, with few signs of relenting, a maritime consultant said Thursday.
15 Oct 2014
Drewry’s benchmark spot rate from Hong Kong to Los Angeles rose as a result of a mid-October trans-Pacific general rate increase this week, though analysts with Drewry Maritime Research believe the eastbound spot rate will remain stable in the coming weeks.
15 Oct 2014
The east-west ocean container trades will experience volatile spot freight rates through the end of 2015, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants.
Port of Rotterdam
15 Oct 2014
It’s taking longer for containers to move through U.S., European and Asian ports served by ever-larger container ships, according to data from INTTRA, the world’s largest multicarrier e-commerce network.