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

Beneficial cargo owners are celebrating an early Christmas. Anticipating the supply-demand ratios again were trending to the demand side for the year, trans-Pacific contract rates for major BCOs barely moved, if at all. To be sure, some inland point intermodal rates bumped up, but still aren’t close to the cost levels associated with providing the services.

News & Analysis

29 May 2015
Matson Inc. has completed its previously announced $469 million acquisition of Horizon Lines, clearing the way for Matson to enter the U.S-flag domestic trade between the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
Maersk container ship under construction
28 May 2015
The cost savings brought by mega-ships are decreasing and might not even be realized as container ships get ever larger, the International Transport Federation warns.
Panama Canal transit
28 May 2015
The expansion of the Panama Canal early next year will make an enormous quantity of container ship tonnage available for services that transit the canal, wiping away current capacity restrictions that restrict usage to only small and inefficient ships by today’s standards.
28 May 2015
Salvage and firefighting personnel have made progress in containing the fire on board the 33,772 dwt multipurpose ship Purple Beach in the German Bay near Wilhelmshaven.
27 May 2015
Construction has begun on the second of two liquefied natural gas-fueled ships that Crowley Maritime Corp. has ordered for the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico trade.
27 May 2015
Container ship schedule reliability on the growing trans-Atlantic route during April was the lowest in at least three years, according to SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.
27 May 2015
Shreyas Shipping and Logistics swung to a net profit of Rs. 61.75 crore (about $9.6 million) in the fiscal year ended March 31, a big turnaround from its loss of Rs. 4.32 crore ($675,000) in the previous year.
27 May 2015
Rising charter rates helped Greek container shipowner Box Ships narrow its first-quarter loss close to break even.
Sue artwork portraying carrier contracts
27 May 2015
The results of the 2015-2016 trans-Pacific contracting season are mostly in, and although carriers dug in their heels to get rate increases, for the most part they fell short of getting what they wanted.
26 May 2015
Vessel reliability in the trans-Pacific trades is beginning to improve now that West Coast labor issues have been resolved, but it still has a long way to go before it is acceptable, metrics provided by Seaintel Maritime Analysis and the Marine Exchange of Southern California show.