Container Lines

In-depth coverage of container freight, including TEUs, iso containers, container standards and relevant issues.

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Commentary

As the IMO's container weight rules near launch, there is great doubt about how countries will implement them and even if they can. For those who can, there’s the time and cost elements to consider as well as the concern about being different from others that can’t comply. Are those reasons to do nothing or to comply when convenient?

News & Analysis

08 Feb 2016
Container lines, at least in the U.S., are starting to take forceful action to prepare for the Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, weight verification rule.
08 Feb 2016
Dole’s deployment of the Dole Pacific on regular service between California and Latin America is the latest sign of how refrigerated ship operators are turning increasingly to container ships from traditional break bulk vessels.
08 Feb 2016
The enforcement of the SOLAS container weight mandate for U.S. exports — if there is any — will be done by each port, and the U.S. Coast Guard will only get involved if it boards an incoming vessel and finds it doesn’t have verified gross mass for each box.
08 Feb 2016
Nigeria’s navy has secured the release of the Safmarine Kuramo from pirates that hijacked the vessel Friday as it made its way from Pointe Noire, Congo to Onne, Nigeria.
Panama Canal locks expansion project
06 Feb 2016
The Panama Canal Authority is shooting to open its third set of larger locks that can handle post-Panamax ships in May, but it doesn’t expect the larger locks to attract new services for several months.
05 Feb 2016
Japan’s government has drawn up the drafts of guidelines and revised ministry ordinances, which contain penalties and variation between the verified gross mass and actual weight of a container, for the smooth implementation of the International Maritime Organization's looming Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, container weight rules.
05 Feb 2016
South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping has introduced a new container service at Krishnapatnam Port, a fast-growing alternative, minor, cargo gateway on India’s southeastern coast.
SOLAS VGM IMO container weight
04 Feb 2016
Saying it will be impossible to implement the SOLAS container weight rule by July 1 without severely disrupting trade, U.S. exporters are calling on the Coast Guard to delay the rule until it can be amended and determined that they won’t face a competitive disadvantage against foreign exporters.
04 Feb 2016
China Shipping Container Lines’ mega-ship Indian Ocean has run aground in the Elbe river roughly 19 miles from the Port of Hamburg, according to the German newspaper Die Welt.
04 Feb 2016
Two of Japan’s big three shipping lines sailed into the crosshairs of Moody’s ratings agency, with the outlook of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines being reviewed to negative and K Line heading for a downgrade as weaker than expected profitability clouded their 2016 prospects.