Container Lines

In-depth coverage of container freight, including TEUs, iso containers, container standards and relevant issues.

Commentary

In my 42-plus years in the industry, I’ve seen many variations of what we now call alliances — joint services, slot-charter arrangements, vessel-sharing agreements, alliances and now mega-alliances — and more no doubt will follow.

News & Analysis

18 Apr 2014
Spot container freight rates measured by the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index were mixed again this week...
Ocean Carrier Rate Revision Roundup for April 18
18 Apr 2014
Several carriers have planned general rate increases in multiple trade lanes in April and May, although any gains achieved could be temporary as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continues.
17 Apr 2014
Shippers and carriers don’t always see eye-to-eye, but they do agree on one thing as the 2014-15 shipping season rolls out: The advent of the P3 Network and other expanding vessel-sharing alliances are turning ocean transportation on the major east-west ocean trades into a commodity.
Drewry Container Rate Benchmark, April 16, 2014.
16 Apr 2014
The Drewry benchmark rate for shipping from Hong Kong to Los Angeles rose this week after three weeks in a row with no positive movement.
Michael Behrendt, chairman of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd (left), and Oscar Hasbún, CEO of CSAV, today at Hapag-Lloyd headquarters in Hamburg after the signing.
16 Apr 2014
Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV signed a binding contract to complete a merger to create the world’s fourth-largest container line.
16 Apr 2014
The “Daily Maersk” product was supposed to solidify Maersk’s position as the leading carrier on the Asia-North Europe trade, but less than three years after its launch, Maersk has lost market share in the lane and triggered a rate war, setting the stage for a carrier showdown, Alphaliner said in its latest newsletter.
Stern of Maersk vessel
16 Apr 2014
Is Maersk Line, the world’s largest ocean carrier, showing that the age-old demons of container shipping — overcapacity, volatile spot rates and commoditized service — can finally be slain?
14 Apr 2014
Shippers can expect more cargo to be “rolled” to later voyages as container lines continue to cut costs by slow-steaming and laying up vessels, Drewry Maritime Research said in its latest Container Insight Weekly.
Tom Sproat
14 Apr 2014
Tom Sproat, senior vice president, Maersk Line, discusses progress on the carrier’s eight-point customer charter, including the role of metrics and dialogue with customers.