COSCO

Cosco Container Lines is the world’s fifth-largest container shipping company, with 157 vessels with a combined capacity of 668,000 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent units). Founded in 1997, the Shanghai-based ocean carrier is present in more than 48 countries, with 14,031 employees.

Cosco Container Lines, which is a subsidiary of COSCO Group, posted revenues of US$9.97 billion in 2013 — down 14 percent on a year-on-year basis. The company recorded a net profit of $37.6 million, up from the previous year’s net loss of $1.5 billion.

Cosco was the eighth-ranked container carrier in U.S. containerized import trade in 2013, with volume of 938,684 TEUs, up 11.9 percent year-over-year, giving it market share of 5.2 percent. It was No. 11  in U.S. containerized export trade in 2013, with volume of 424,690 TEUs, up 5.8 percent year-over-year and market share of 3.3 percent. For more carrier rankings see the JOC’s Top 40 Container Carriers special topic.

COSCO, ‘K’ Line, Yang Ming, Hanjin, and Evergreen Line have agreed in principle to an expanded CKYHE Alliance.

18 May 2016
Cosco Executive Vice President Howard Finkel and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett discuss Cosco’s merger with China Shipping Container Lines, freight rate trends, and the biggest operational change that came out of the West Coast labor strife of 2014 and 2015.
12 May 2016
Five non-vessel-operating common carriers and forwarders have paid the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission to settle allegations they misrepresented cargo to carriers.
08 Apr 2016
The Greek government today officially sold the country’s largest port, Piraeus, to China’s Cosco Group, prompting striking dockers to stage a protest march through downtown Athens.
31 Mar 2016
The last financial results for Cosco and China Shipping Container Lines as independent companies highlights the financial difficulties that have forced their merger into China Cosco Shipping.
28 Mar 2016
In the nearly nine years since the Oct. 31, 2007, inauguration of container shipping services through Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Cosco has been the dominant carrier to the port that offers the fastest transit from Asia to the U.S. Midwest.
09 Mar 2016
The CKYHE Alliance is reorganizing its service network for Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trades as the carriers try to counter the weak demand and excess capacity that is plaguing the route and dragging down freight rates.
22 Feb 2016
The newly formed China Cosco Shipping Corp. aims to become the third-largest global container line by boosting its fleet by at least 50,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units to more than 2 million TEUs by the end of 2018.
18 Feb 2016
China Cosco Shipping Corporation was officially launched in Shanghai, bringing together the mainland’s two largest carriers and amassing a huge armada of container ships, bulk carriers and tankers that far out strip those of its rivals.
16 Feb 2016
CMA CGM and Cosco are leading efforts to create a new vessel-sharing alliance that could include Evergreen Line and OOCL and would shake up three of the four major east-west carrier groupings, the Alphaliner newsletter reported.
16 Feb 2016
Fifteen leading ocean container carriers, including Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM, have offered to change their practices for setting freight rates to settle an antitrust probe, the European Commission said Tuesday
28 Jan 2016
Cosco Container Lines’ acquisition of China Shipping’s container ship fleet is expected to happen about March 1, Cosco said in a filing with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.
20 Jan 2016
Greece’s privatization agency will today weigh an improved offer from China’s Cosco Pacific for a majority stake in the port of Piraeus.