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

27 Jul 2015
Hapag-Lloyd has announced a general rate increase for shipments from the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent to the United States and Canada, as trade has grown by double-digits.
25 Jul 2015
Log-In Logistica Intermodal will spend $5.2 million to upgrade and expand the fleet of containers used in South America's coastal trade and to carry goods to Manaus on the Amazon River.
24 Jul 2015
SeaLand has said that it will no longer accept any form of the chemical compound calcium hypochlorite and any shipments currently loaded or awaiting transshipment would be offered alternative solutions.
24 Jul 2015
Less than a week after announcing an August general rate increase for shipments from Far East Asia, excluding Japan, to Middle Eastern Gulf ports, Hapag-Lloyd is increasing its rate $300 for shipments from the same area to the Red Sea as modest container volume growth in the Middle East makes itself felt in the market.
24 Jul 2015
OOCL’s revenue on the Asia-Europe route crashed by 28 percent in the second quarter, more than double the near 12 percent slide in traffic, in the latest indication of the depth of the bear market on the world’s biggest container trade.
23 Jul 2015
The 2M shipping alliance between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. can expand its vessel-sharing agreement on U.S. trade lanes connecting to Israel, Russia and Saudi Arabia after a 45-day review expired Thursday without U.S. Federal Maritime Commission action.
23 Jul 2015
Maersk, the most reliable carrier in the industry, seems to be rubbing off on Mediterranean Shipping Co., which has seen its reliability improve since joining the 2M Alliance.
23 Jul 2015
Maersk Line has signed an agreement with the Vladivostok Sea Port, one of Russia’s largest seaports, for regular container transport of fish and fish products from the Far East port to the central regions of the country.
23 Jul 2015
Ocean carriers are spending heavily on new ships but are less keen to invest in new containers, according to Drewry Maritime Research.
22 Jul 2015
The first half of 2015 brought seven new services to Busan’s youngest terminal and an additional 1 million 20-foot-equivalent unit containers through South Korea’s largest marine gateway, port officials said Wednesday.