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

I don’t know about you, but I want to read or hear about something other than the congestion at West Coast ports, the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Although the nine-month contract “negotiations” that finally brought a tentative agreement on Feb. 20 — and labor relations overall — are critical issues, there are other important issues to address, including the upcoming negotiations for 2015-16 service contracts in the eastbound trans-Pacific.

News & Analysis

01 Apr 2015
Shipping lines in the eastbound Pacific announced Wednesday a schedule of minimum rates that appear to reflect strong demand for vessel space on all-water services to the East and Gulf coasts, and congestion issues on the West Coast.
01 Apr 2015
Growth in containerized imports and exports through North Europe ports is expected to flatten out this year after solid increases in 2014, according to the North Europe Global Port Tracker report.
01 Apr 2015
2M Alliance partners Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have added a fourth westbound trans-Atlantic service as part of a global revamping of their east-west routes.
container ship in Hamburg
01 Apr 2015
A benchmark of contracted ocean freight rates has inched up, but doubts remain whether the uptick is sustainable considering beneficial cargo owners’ resistance to pay more for poor service.
01 Apr 2015
Hapag-Lloyd said it detected and prevented the shipment of 2,620 misdeclared shipments of dangerous goods last year — an average of more than 50 a week.
31 Mar 2015
In 20 years as head of United Arab Shipping Co.’s North American business, Anil Jay Vitarana saw growth in ship sizes and container volume. But he says one thing hasn’t changed: Carriers’ profitability remains too low to ensure needed investment and to attract bright young people.
31 Mar 2015
Fesco Transportation Group’s profit soared 30 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, but the weak ruble and lower rail freight rates dragged down the full-year result.
31 Mar 2015
Israeli carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services sharply narrowed its net loss to $127 million in 2014 from $343 million in 2013, with the turnaround accelerating in a strong final quarter.
30 Mar 2015
China’s Cosco Pacific will bid for a majority stake in Greece's port of Piraeus after the country's new socialist government apparently reversed course on its opposition to port privatization.
TOTE Marlin-class container ship, powered by LNG
30 Mar 2015
TOTE Inc. has scheduled an April 18 launching for its first container ship built to operate on liquefied natural gas fuel. The new ship will be operated by Sea Star Line between Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.