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

28 Apr 2015
Iranian patrol vessels fired warning shots across the bow of the container ship Maersk Tigris when the vessel was traversing the Strait of Hormuz in Iranian territorial waters, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Hapag-Lloyd container ship in New York
28 Apr 2015
A rush by container lines to add services threatens to create overcapacity and undermine rates on all-water services between Asia and the U.S. East Coast, Alphaliner reports.
Maersk container ship
28 Apr 2015
Mega-vessels deployed in the Asia-Europe trade are overlapping intra-Asia routes and compounding the influx of capacity cascading into the regional trade from oversupplied east-west routes.
27 Apr 2015
Spot rates in the China-U.S. East Coast lane are falling back down to historical levels, a sign that vessel diversions driven by West Coast congestion may be easing.
27 Apr 2015
The trial of Thomas Farmer, a former Crowley Liner Services executive accused of antitrust conspiracy, has entered its third week in U.S. District Court in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
27 Apr 2015
U.S. consumer spending and new homebuilding are forecast to grow so steadily this year that imports from Far East Asia are likely to grow by a faster-than-expected 4.5 percent, year-over-year.
CSCL Globe, China Shipping container ship
27 Apr 2015
China Shipping Container Lines in the first quarter continued its profitable turnaround that began with a positive 2014 annual result, reporting a 305 percent increase in net profit to $40 million.
container shipping at Port of Oakland
27 Apr 2015
Forget faster shipping services and press container lines for better reliability is the advice from Drewry to shippers prepared to pay a premium for expedited options.
Hamburg Sud container ship transiting Panama Canal
26 Apr 2015
German container line Hamburg Süd, traditional a north-south carrier, is putting volume growth in the major east-west trades at the top of its agenda this year.
26 Apr 2015
With West Coast port congestion and container backlogs easing faster than predicted, beneficial cargo owners are reassessing their supply chain strategies for the coming shipping season.