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

Misdeclaration of cargo and weight by shippers whether unintentional or otherwise has been part of container shipping since its beginning. And the problem is only growing because containers carry a greater percentage of global trade, ships are getting much bigger, and competitive pressures throughout the system often lead players to turn a blind eye to safety. The two fundamental challenges are ensuring the weight and the description of cargo are accurate.

News & Analysis

31 Jul 2015
Asia-Europe spot rates more than doubled this week, hitting highs that haven’t been seen in months and giving carriers a much-needed glimmer of hope.
31 Jul 2015
Japan’s three largest container lines saw their net profits surge in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, buoyed by brisk container traffic volume from Asia to the United States as well as a weaker yen and lower fuel prices.
31 Jul 2015
Although U.S. consumer spending is still lagging its potential this year, it is likely to pick up in the second half, but not enough to fill container vessels with the imports needed to support freight rate increases. That was the takeaway from Thursday’s JOC webcast on the Peak Season Shipping Forecast.
30 Jul 2015
The Port of Miami posted double-digit container volume growth in June, a testament to the port’s concerted effort to boost organic growth and preserve business diverted from the U.S. West Coast during the port congestion crisis in late 2014 and early 2015.
30 Jul 2015
Mitsui OSK Lines this week said it is launching a barge terminal operation company in Bangkok aimed at moving goods more speedily and efficiently from Thailand's gateway port of Laem Chabang to the capital of Bangkok.
30 Jul 2015
Low Asia-Europe spot rates have forced NOL Group to renegotiate contract rates with some shippers.
30 Jul 2015
China Shipping Container Lines has placed orders for eight 13,500 twenty-foot-equivalent container ships at Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding, continuing the aggressive fleet expansion began last year.
30 Jul 2015
Long Beach Container Terminal, which will open a terminal early next year the Port of Long Beach has billed as the world’s greenest container terminal, received the Mayor’s Green Port award Wednesday at ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Long Beach Green Port program.
30 Jul 2015
LONDON – NOL Group swung to a net profit of $890 million in the second quarter from a $54 million loss a year ago, almost entirely due to the gain from the sale of APL Logistics to Japan’s Kintetsu World Express.
29 Jul 2015
Matson plans to invest roughly $30 million in upgrades and new equipment into the new Alaska services it acquired from now-defunct Horizon Lines in May.