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 recent attack on a Egyptian Naval patrol boat serves as a reminder that Egypt’s relative calm should not be mistaken as a sign of stability, and that maritime interests tied to the Suez Canal are far from insulated from country's many security problems.

News & Analysis

26 Nov 2014
CMA CGM on Wednesday announced the acquisition of German short sea shipping line OPDR in the latest move by the French carrier to boost its share of the fast growing intra-European container shipping market.
25 Nov 2014
The U.S. Government Accountability Office says the military should revise practices that cost taxpayers $823 million in fees over 10 years for late return of shipping containers, mostly for the war in Afghanistan.
25 Nov 2014
Reinstated port congestion surcharges for container imports into the U.S. West Coast will go into effect beginning on Wednesday.
25 Nov 2014
With reports of more 18,000 TEU ships soon to be ordered as carriers continue to pursue lower operating costs, the focus is again turning to what the next largest class of ships would look like.
25 Nov 2014
One potential consequence of the congestion at West Coast ports - a shortage of containers in Asia due to difficulties repositioning them back from the U.S. - is being watched closely but does not seem yet to be creating widespread problems.
25 Nov 2014
Carriers are proceeding with the largest single trans-Pacific eastbound rate increase in years but have only postponed making a formal announcement.
24 Nov 2014
West Africa trade still points to a region with growth potential, despite a nearly 30 percent drop in exports caused by the Ebola outbreak, Drewry and carrier executives say.
24 Nov 2014
Maersk Line’s chief executive said the carrier would settle for lower margins if this meant more of its competitors were profitable, reflecting concerns that while the largest carriers are profitable the rest of the industry is struggling to keep pace.
24 Nov 2014
Increasing container dwell times are taking a toll at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, further exacerbating congestion at the busiest U.S. port complex.
24 Nov 2014
Emirates Shipping Line on Monday said it will expand its services connecting Asia and East Africa into two fixed-day weekly services that will ensure that “port delays do not impact the quality of service on either loop.”