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

Shippers need to take tactical actions to counteract carrier actions, raining from deploying larger vessels to "blank" sailing.

News & Analysis

Drewry spot rate chart
22 Oct 2014
General rate increases in the trans-Pacific count on participation from all carriers to be successful, and are hurt when one carrier or several discount prices on the eve of a hike, Transpacific Stabilization Agreement executive administrator Brian Conrad says.
22 Oct 2014
Hamburg Süd said it has taken steps to combat significant delays in vessel arrivals and departures at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as severe congestion at the largest port complex in the Americas has reached a new level of intensity.
21 Oct 2014
Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka assured footwear importers meeting in Long Beach Tuesday that the Southern California ports have proposals that could provide some immediate relief to the worsening congestion problem in the harbor.
21 Oct 2014
The Ocean Three Alliance of CMA CGM, China Shipping and United Arab Shipping Co. has received U.S. regulatory clearance without the standard 45-day review by the Federal Maritime Commission, but Commissioner Richard Lidinsky isn’t happy about it.
CMA CGM
21 Oct 2014
With reefer volumes surging, the world's third-largest carrier says it bought new refrigerated containers as part of a larger effort to handle 1 million reefer TEUs annually by 2015
21 Oct 2014
The CKYHE Alliance said today it would expand its coverage once again — this time opening up the scope of the alliance's trade loops to the United States.
Emissions Map
21 Oct 2014
The largest group of carriers in the trans-Pacific trade lane today unveiled a revised low-sulfur surcharge meant to tackle the costs associated with switching to the fuel in emissions control areas in North America on Jan. 1.
20 Oct 2014
The South Carolina Ports Authority today received the first ship call of a new consolidated South American east coast service that brings additional post-Panamax vessels to Charleston.
20 Oct 2014
Members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement have filed for their 11th general rate increase this year in a continuing effort by carriers to shore up spot rates from Asia to North America.
20 Oct 2014
The slump in crude oil prices over the past three months has sharply reduced ocean carriers’ unit costs as they face declining cargo volumes in the seasonally slack fourth quarter.