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

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

News & Analysis

18 Sep 2014
With the number of laid-up container ships hovering close to three-year lows, vessel owners may enjoy a short-term boost in charter rates this fall, industry analyst firm Alphaliner reports in its latest newsletter.
18 Sep 2014
The emergence of four large alliances among the world's largest container shipping lines is creating a two-tier market that could doom smaller carriers to hanging on to niche trades or going out of business.
18 Sep 2014
Maersk Line today released the 2M Alliance’s tentative 2015 east-west network, including port rotations, arrivals and departures and transit times.
17 Sep 2014
China Cosco Holdings will splash out $618 million on five 14,500-TEU vessels that will be built by CSSC’s Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding yard as the mainland’s largest carrier continues to upgrade its fleet in an attempt to arrest declining profitability.
17 Sep 2014
CMA CGM has upgraded its Amerigo service between the U.S. and the Mediterranean with the addition of a new call in Miami.
17 Sep 2014
Maersk Group said it has raised $1.25 billion from the successful issue of two maiden U.S. dollar bonds.
16 Sep 2014
With the odds growing that a global ballast water treaty will come into force next year, concern is building among shipowners, including container carriers, that its implementation will be chaotic, expensive and ineffective.
16 Sep 2014
As the use of formalized alliances and vessel-sharing agreements accelerates, carriers’ core product ― moving containers from Point A to Point B ― becomes increasingly identical across alliance partners in major trade lanes.
MSC container ship
16 Sep 2014
Executives from Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co., in an attempt to expedite the U.S. approval process, met with a U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner last week to address questions regarding their proposed “2M” vessel-sharing agreement.
16 Sep 2014
Hapag-Lloyd and APL increase congestion surcharges for cargo moving through Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) and Pipavav to offset costs associated with worsening delays in intermodal connections to Delhi