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

31 Mar 2015
In 20 years as head of United Arab Shipping Co.’s North American business, Anil Jay Vitarana saw growth in ship sizes and container volume. But he says one thing hasn’t changed: Carriers’ profitability remains too low to ensure needed investment and to attract bright young people.
31 Mar 2015
Fesco Transportation Group’s profit soared 30 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, but the weak ruble and lower rail freight rates dragged down the full-year result.
31 Mar 2015
Israeli carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services sharply narrowed its net loss to $127 million in 2014 from $343 million in 2013, with the turnaround accelerating in a strong final quarter.
30 Mar 2015
China’s Cosco Pacific will bid for a majority stake in Greece's port of Piraeus after the country's new socialist government apparently reversed course on its opposition to port privatization.
TOTE Marlin-class container ship, powered by LNG
30 Mar 2015
TOTE Inc. has scheduled an April 18 launching for its first container ship built to operate on liquefied natural gas fuel. The new ship will be operated by Sea Star Line between Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
CMA CGM container ship
30 Mar 2015
CMA CGM will sign an order for three 20,600-TEU container ships this week, the French carrier’s vice chairman said.
30 Mar 2015
CMA CGM’s profit soared more than 43 percent in 2014 as the French carrier transported a record number of containers, cuts costs and trimmed its debt.
Hyundai bulk carrier
29 Mar 2015
Hyundai Merchant Marine is selling its bulk shipping division, the latest in a series of assets that South Korea’s second-largest shipping conglomerate is shedding to raise liquidity.
27 Mar 2015
A week after announcing its formation, a new shipper coalition in Shanghai lambasted container lines for focusing on price to the detriment of service.
27 Mar 2015
OOCL and Yang Ming Line have expanded their joint China-Pakistan Express (CPX) Service by adding a direct call at Adani Hazira Container Terminal, a private facility in West India, starting in mid-April.