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

Ports need a clear vision of trade developments, equipment and staffing issues, and hinterland infrastructure in their communities.

News & Analysis

20 Apr 2015
Hapag-Lloyd has ordered five 10,500-TEU container ships for the South American trades.
20 Apr 2015
The first container ship designed to run on natural gas has been launched at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego for operation by Sea Star Line in the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico trade.
20 Apr 2015
U.S. containerized exports to the east coast of South America will shrink in 2015 by 2.4 percent from the prior year, thanks to unfavorable exchange rates between the Brazilian real and dollar, and subdued demand from Latin America’s biggest economic engine.
20 Apr 2015
A full recovery for the world container market is still a long time out, providing little short-term hope to the container lessing sector, say analysts at Drewry Maritime Research.
20 Apr 2015
Five more Chinese ports can now allow foreign-flag vessels to provide cabotage services to their container terminals.
20 Apr 2015
The saving grace for carriers on the Asia-Europe trade battling record low freight rates has been lower bunker costs, but even at their present lows, with weakening load factors many ships will not be covering their unit costs, according to Drewry.
18 Apr 2015
Schedule reliability for the core east-west trade lanes hit a five-month peak in March, according to Drewry Maritime Research.
17 Apr 2015
Spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific trade lane continue to drag as major U.S West Coast ports make headway on reducing the backlog of cargo that began stacking up at marine terminals since the early fall.
Lumber shipments at Port of Portland, Ore.
17 Apr 2015
The almost complete cessation of liner services at the Port of Portland will add significantly to inland transportation costs incurred by exporters of agricultural and forest products in Oregon and Idaho, the executive director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition said Thursday.
Portland cranes
17 Apr 2015
The most damaging aspect of the exodus of two major container lines from the Port of Portland, Oregon, last month was the loss of more than 650 trade and transportation jobs in Oregon, the port’s executive director says.