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

Maybe you’ve heard about China’s rejection of the P3 Network. In all seriousness, I’m hesitant to cover an issue such as this because of the overwhelming analysis and observation that has come before me. But I have strong feelings about why China refused to allow it and a lot of questions about the real outcome.

News & Analysis

22 Jul 2014
Matson Inc. has agreed to pay the U.S. government $9 million to settle allegations that the company submitted false claims for fuel surcharges on military household goods shipments between continental U.S. points and Hawaii and Guam.
22 Jul 2014
Crowley Maritime Transportation is hailing the Florida East Coast Railway decision to open its newest Intermodal Container Transport Facility at Port Everglades...
MSC container ship
21 Jul 2014
China’s rejection of the P3 alliance dealt a blow to the idea of a mega-alliance, but the aftermath has paved the way for a variety of smaller vessel-sharing agreements to enter the market.
Hanjin at Oakland
21 Jul 2014
Service reliability in the container shipping business is set to improve as carriers with lower standards joining the big alliances will be forced to raise their game.
21 Jul 2014
Crowley Maritime Corp. is in talks to acquire the Puerto Rico ships, routes and San Juan port facilities of competitor Horizon Lines for about $80 million, according to a report in Caribbean Business.
21 Jul 2014
The post-Panamax container ship MSC Flaminia will rejoin Mediterranean Shipping Co.’s fleet this week, two years after being heavily damaged in a mid-Atlantic fire that killed three crewmembers.
21 Jul 2014
China Shipping has injected $300 million into its wholly owned subsidiary China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL
Weekly wrap-up for July 19
19 Jul 2014
While it is obvious that beneficial cargo owners shipped early this year through the West Coast in anticipation of the July 1 deadline for contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers, reports of cargo surges at Canadian and U.S. East Coast ports in May and June indicate retailers were also diverting shipments away from West Coast ports.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for July 18
18 Jul 2014
Multiple carriers have announced general rate increases on several trade routes to take effect in August.
Spot rates from Shanghai to Northern Europe sank 5.5 percent to $1,230 per TEU this week.
18 Jul 2014
Instability in the spot rate market continued this week, as spot rates from Shanghai to northern Europe, the Mediterranean and both coasts of the United States sank yet again...