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.


Soren Skou isn’t just the leader of the world’s largest container shipping company.

News & Analysis

15 Sep 2014
The Ocean Three grouping is the final piece in the alliance puzzle and it slots in just behind the 2M vessel sharing agreement of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. that has a greater network and larger vessels, believes Drewry.
14 Sep 2014
An estimated 300,000 40-foot reefer containers are expected to be added to the global fleet by 2018 as strong demand for perishables drives the business and improving technology enables their long distance transport.
Hapag-Lloyd's Hamburg Express container ship
14 Sep 2014
Container freight rates will stabilize and may trend upward over the next few years despite the existing overcapacity of vessel space because of the expansion of existing carrier alliances and the creation of new ones, according to Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.
13 Sep 2014
A new carrier alliance entered the fray this week after weeks of feverish speculation.
12 Sep 2014
All major trade lanes saw a dip in spot rates for the week ahead, according to the latest reading of the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index...
12 Sep 2014
Additional container lines have announced congestion surcharges for shipments moving to Sohar, Oman, to compensate for the extra costs caused by berthing delays and cargo processing bottlenecks.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for Sept. 12
12 Sep 2014
Multiple container lines have planned general rate increases in numerous trade lanes in September and October...
12 Sep 2014
A navel-gazing session by container shipping companies on the need for improved product differentiation and better service did little to impress an audience of customers and industry experts here this week.
Hapag-Lloyd container ship in Hamburg
11 Sep 2014
EU antitrust authorities on Thursday gave Hapag-Lloyd the approval it needed for a merger with Chilean carrier CSAV.
10 Sep 2014
APL has announced a steep increase in its congestion surcharges imposed earlier on import containers handled at the Indian ports of Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) and Pipavav...