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

The container shipping industry is nearing that tipping point where several carriers are going to get out because they have no real choice, or those that can will sell or merge. The financial communities aren’t anxious to get involved further, and the government entities involved are seeking what they hope to be viable alternatives.

News & Analysis

04 Sep 2015
Freight rates on the spot markets continued their downward trend in early September, but shippers as well as carriers continue to say there will be a peak shipping season this year, and it will take place from October into early November.
04 Sep 2015
CMA CGM will raise rates on cargo heading from the U.S. to Asia at a time of falling U.S. exports.
04 Sep 2015
Orient Overseas Container Line, or OOCL, has joined the ranks of carriers this month announcing general rate increases for goods moving from Asia to Europe, despite the persistently weak market on those lanes that has undercut monthly GRIs for most of 2015.
04 Sep 2015
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines is testing a container ship windshield that the Japanese carrier hopes will reduce wind resistance, save fuel, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 2 percent.
04 Sep 2015
Maersk Line is upgrading its Middle East-South Africa-West Africa, or Mesawa, service by adding a direct call at Colombo, Sri Lanka, in an attempt to pick up additional cargo.
03 Sep 2015
Hyundai Merchant Marine has launched a new service connecting Asia and the west coast of Latin America.
03 Sep 2015
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is adding calls at North Europe ports to its Angola Express Service in another sign of West Africa's allure to players in the container trade.
03 Sep 2015
CMA CGM and its partners in the Ocean Three Alliance are combining services to form a new string as carriers continue to try to reduce capacity on the oversupplied Asia-Europe trade.
03 Sep 2015
FESCO, one of Russia’s largest privately-owned transportation and logistics companies, posted significant declines in container volumes in the first half but believes that its future is bright.
02 Sep 2015
CMA CGM announced a Sept. 20 general rate increase of $500 per 20-foot-equivalent unit encompassing all cargo originating in Asia and heading to North Europe.