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

Ports need a clear vision of trade developments, equipment and staffing issues, and hinterland infrastructure in their communities.

News & Analysis

24 Apr 2015
The number of westbound 40-foot equivalent ocean containers available in Chicago and Kansas City surged in early April, another sign the West Coast container logjam has broken and the Chinese New Year reprieve is over.
24 Apr 2015
A former employee of U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico carriers Sea Star Line and Trailer Bridge has been charged with defrauding the companies of $2.1 million by submitting phony invoices for container and equipment decals and inspection and transportation of containers and equipment.
24 Apr 2015
Horizon Lines said it expects to complete its sale to Matson by the end of Horizon’s second quarter in late June. The deal received clearance from U.S. antitrust regulators this week.
Zim container ship in Savannah
24 Apr 2015
Zim Integrated Shipping Services announced the launch of a new service between Asia and the U.S. East Coast via the Suez Canal at the end of May.
23 Apr 2015
European shippers are stepping up their scrutiny of shipping alliances by launching their own review of the massive vessel-sharing agreements.
23 Apr 2015
As of April 1, 2015, Alphaliner calculates current active total liner trade TEU capacity was at 19,191,800 TEUs aboard 5,979 ships, including 18,748,980 TEUs aboard 5,061 fully cellular ships. Year-over-year, that's 7 percent or 1,253,007 TEUs more in active liner capacity, while netting 28 more ships in the fleet. Since Dec. 1, 2014, 2.3 percent or 424,290 TEUs in active liner capacity were added, while netting one more ship in the fleet.
23 Apr 2015
Hamburg Sud remained in the black in 2014 even as falling freight rates on its key South American routes and a weaker dollar depressed revenues.
22 Apr 2015
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has removed the last major obstacle to the breakup and sale of Horizon Lines and a major restructuring of domestic ocean services between the West Coast and Hawaii and Alaska.
22 Apr 2015
Japan posted a monthly trade surplus for the first time in nearly three years in March, as exports grew on the back of a weaker yen, led by robust U.S.-bound shipments, while imports tumbled due largely to lower oil prices.
21 Apr 2015
The Port of Portland, Oregon, is doing its best to keep containerized cargo moving up and down the Columbia River, even if it means encouraging freight to move to Seattle and Tacoma until the port can attract new liner services.