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

2014 will surely go down as a momentous year — and not in a good way — for those who depend on international container transportation. Hardly a year of progress, this was a year when the system regressed.

News & Analysis

17 Dec 2014
Another set of historic rate increases are on tap for the trans-Pacific, as the 15 members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement announced hikes totaling $1,000 per FEU.
17 Dec 2014
World Shipping Council President and CEO Chris Koch in late July will hand over the reins of the trade group representing major container lines.
17 Dec 2014
The launch of the 2M and 03 alliances in the New Year will boost capacity on the Far East-Mediterranean route by about 19 percent, triggering a battle for market share that could result in fresh rate reductions, according to Alphaliner.
17 Dec 2014
Maersk Line is merging its MECL1 and MECL2 services connecting the Middle East, India and the U.S. East Coast into a single weekly loop, beginning in mid-January 2015.
16 Dec 2014
Hapag-Lloyd became the latest carrier to announce a large general rate increase on trans-Pacific eastbound cargo for January, following Maersk Line and MOL.
16 Dec 2014
Maersk Line plans to launch a direct weekly service from India to Africa in late January 2015 in a move to reduce transit times on that trade lane.
16 Dec 2014
The 25 largest container lines had estimated net losses totaling $2.6 billion in 2009-2013 and had an operating margin of 1.6 percent during that span, Dutch consulting and research firm Dynamar said in a report.
16 Dec 2014
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is already the largest carrier of U.S. containerized exports and the largest overall carrier in the U.S. market. Now it’s about to add the title of largest carrier in the import market, solidifying its dominance of the U.S. market.
15 Dec 2014
Sea Star Line, said it plans early next year to add a weekly container barge service to the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico service it now operates with two self-propelled roll-on, roll-off ships.
15 Dec 2014
Ocean carriers will reap considerable financial benefits from cheap oil in 2015 if prices stick close to current five-year lows, but shippers will be the big winners, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants.