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

I don’t know about you, but I want to read or hear about something other than the congestion at West Coast ports, the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Although the nine-month contract “negotiations” that finally brought a tentative agreement on Feb. 20 — and labor relations overall — are critical issues, there are other important issues to address, including the upcoming negotiations for 2015-16 service contracts in the eastbound trans-Pacific.

News & Analysis

Hamburg Sud in Port of Santos
02 Mar 2015
SeaLand, the hallowed container shipping brand relaunched by Maersk Line in January, sees an opportunity to gain market share in the Latin American lanes resulting from two mergers — between two German container lines and two Chilean carriers.
02 Mar 2015
Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou said ships with capacities of 25,000 20-foot-equivalent units are possible but not practical today, and that he expects 18,000- to 19,000-TEU container ships to remain the largest afloat for years to come.
Maersk reefer container overseas
01 Mar 2015
Growth in the global reefer market this year will likely outpace the lukewarm performance of the past few years, according to industry analysts.
01 Mar 2015
Cargo interests undoubtedly are relieved that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association reached a tentative contract deal on Feb. 20 after more than nine months of unexpectedly difficult negotiations, but now it’s time for importers and exporters to reassess their commitment to West Coast ports.
MSC container ship at the Port of Philadelphia
27 Feb 2015
A new incentive program for ocean carriers at Philadelphia could bring more than 1 million new containers through the city’s Delaware River terminals over the next five years, according to the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.
Trucks at the Port of Santos
27 Feb 2015
After 10 days of "spontaneous" protests, many independent truck drivers in Brazil have agreed to government-inspired peace talks aimed at preventing the South American country from grinding to a halt.
27 Feb 2015
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is adding a new container service in the India-Australia-Mediterranean route, called the Australia Express, as the Geneva-based carrier beefs up its India connections to serve growing trade volumes.
26 Feb 2015
Port productivity as ships get larger is stalled resulting in ships remaining in port for longer periods of time, delays to cargo and higher costs for carriers.
26 Feb 2015
Rickmers Maritime sank to a $16 million net loss in 2014 from a $23.5 million profit in the previous year as impairments and lower containership charter rates in the third quarter offset a profitable final three months.
26 Feb 2015
Mediterranean Shipping Co. plans in late April to launch a new container service directly linking India and China to capitalize on the booming intra-Asia cargo trade.