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

What will 2015 look like for an industry that has had four consecutive underperforming years? There are many issues to deal with, but let’s focus on the few that mean the most. At the top of the list is the lack of profitability among ocean carriers and West Coast labor and congestion issues that I don’t see clearing up any time soon.

News & Analysis

31 Jan 2015
Japan's three major diversified ocean carriers -- Mitsui O.S.K., NYK Line and “K” Line” -- posted profits for t
30 Jan 2015
Months of severe congestion caused container shipping line on-time performance to plunge nearly across the board in 2014, according to Danish research firm SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.
30 Jan 2015
Maersk Line is in early talks with Asian shipbuilders for an order of up to 10 container ships that would have capacities of up to 20,000 20-foot-equivalent units, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
30 Jan 2015
OOCL plans to upgrade its intra-Asia service network by joining the Singapore-Chennai 2 (SC2) service operated by Wan Hai Lines and Bengal Tiger Line, starting in early February.
28 Jan 2015
Evergreen Marine Corp. on Wednesday finalized plans to charter an 11-strong fleet of 18,000 TEU ships, becoming the latest carrier to deploy ultra-large container vessels but raising questions about how appropriate such ships designed for an era of slow steaming are after the recent plunge in oil prices.
27 Jan 2015
Leading container shipping groups are under fire from a safe shipbreaking campaign group for continuing to send vessels to "sub-standard" beach demolition yards on the Indian sub-continent.
27 Jan 2015
United Arab Shipping Co. has ordered 2,000 reefer containers as it prepares to expand into the South American liner trades.
27 Jan 2015
Congestion on the West Coast, which has led to delays of one to three weeks on nearly all trans-Pacific services, has led carriers to inject significant additional tonnage into the trans-Pacific to maintain a semblance of schedule reliability, Alphaliner said.
26 Jan 2015
China is the main battleground for the world’s four mega shipping alliances, that collectively depart from 10 mainland ports every week to North Europe in 74 weekly voyages, according to Drewry Maritime Research.
26 Jan 2015
As the service contracting season in the eastbound trans-Pacific gears up, internal tensions within many large shipper organizations between a procurement and a logistics mentality will once again play out as contracts totaling billions of dollars are negotiated and signed between now and May 1. But procurement is slowly losing out.