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 container shipping industry is nearing that tipping point where several carriers are going to get out because they have no real choice, or those that can will sell or merge. The financial communities aren’t anxious to get involved further, and the government entities involved are seeking what they hope to be viable alternatives.

News & Analysis

31 Aug 2015
China Merchants Holdings (International)’s first half net profit jumped 29 percent year-over-year to HK$2.8 billion ($US 361 million) after throughput gains at Chinese terminals exceeded China’s overall container growth rate and traffic through overseas facilities rose at a double-digit clip.
31 Aug 2015
TOTE launched the second of two liquefied natural gas-powered container ships that the company’s Sea Star Line subsidiary will operate between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico.
31 Aug 2015
CMA CGM ‘s second quarter net profit jumped 66.7 percent as rising volumes and lower costs driven by oil prices offset a 7.8 percent drop in average revenue per container.
Atlantic Container Line ro-ro carrier
30 Aug 2015
When Atlantic Container Line in the next couple months introduces the first of five of the world’s largest multipurpose ro-ro/container ships, the symbolism will be stark. The vessels, after all, will carry cargo moving across the Atlantic for shipping sectors heading in opposite directions — the roll-on, roll-off market being a rising star and the containerized trade staring at a sudden, unexpected downturn.
26 Aug 2015
It is common knowledge by now that shippers and carriers benefit from the lower transportation costs that large container ships offer, but a new report makes a strong argument that mega-ships are significantly reducing the carbon footprint of ocean shipping.
26 Aug 2015
The G6 Alliance is starting a new service from Asia to Sweden, a sign that there are some bright spots on the ailing Asia-Europe trade lane.
26 Aug 2015
Hapag-Lloyd’s integration with CSAV dominated the new entity’s first-half results, with the group posting $180 million in net profit and a 45 percent increase in revenue compared to the first six months of last year.
25 Aug 2015
The G6 Alliance has withdrawn two more sailings on the Asia-Europe trade as the alliance has blanked 16 sailings in the past three months to staunch the bleeding in the trade’s freight rates.
25 Aug 2015
Cosco Pacific is expecting a volatile second half of the year amid fierce competition in the container terminals and leasing business and has warned that the challenging operating environment will slow its throughput.
24 Aug 2015
The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and the Western States Petroleum Association are urging the California Legislature to reject a request from the San Francisco Bar Pilots for an 11 percent rate hike, a cost that would be passed onto shipowners.