Container Lines

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

Commentary

In my 42-plus years in the industry, I’ve seen many variations of what we now call alliances — joint services, slot-charter arrangements, vessel-sharing agreements, alliances and now mega-alliances — and more no doubt will follow.

News & Analysis

16 Apr 2014
The “Daily Maersk” product was supposed to solidify Maersk’s position as the leading carrier on the Asia-North Europe trade, but less than three years after its launch, Maersk has lost market share in the lane and triggered a rate war, setting the stage for a carrier showdown, Alphaliner said in its latest newsletter.
Stern of Maersk vessel
16 Apr 2014
Is Maersk Line, the world’s largest ocean carrier, showing that the age-old demons of container shipping — overcapacity, volatile spot rates and commoditized service — can finally be slain?
14 Apr 2014
Shippers can expect more cargo to be “rolled” to later voyages as container lines continue to cut costs by slow-steaming and laying up vessels, Drewry Maritime Research said in its latest Container Insight Weekly.
Tom Sproat
14 Apr 2014
Tom Sproat, senior vice president, Maersk Line, discusses progress on the carrier’s eight-point customer charter, including the role of metrics and dialogue with customers.
The SCFI for North Europe dropped 6.9 percent in the week ending April 11.
11 Apr 2014
Spot container freight rates measured by the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index were mixed this week, as the Asia-Europe lane observed declines while the Asia-U.S. route saw gains.
Ocean Carrier Rate Revision Roundup for April 11
11 Apr 2014
Multiple carriers have planned rate increases in various trade lanes in April and May, although any gains achieved could be fleeting as overcapacity and lackluster global demand continues.
10 Apr 2014
Hapag-Lloyd plans to implement two low-water surcharges at the Port of Montreal, although some officials are questioning why, as they expect the spring thaw to begin soon.
Maersk container ship
08 Apr 2014
In a market where east-west ocean service is becoming a port-to-port commodity, Maersk Line is taking steps to stand out from the rest of the pack by branding its service beyond the ocean voyage.
Container ship in Hamburg, Germany.
08 Apr 2014
The 2013 financial reporting season for container lines ended for many carriers in a sea of red ink as high bunker prices and weak freight rates combined to drag down profits.
08 Apr 2014
European ports will struggle to handle the revamped services due to be launched by the P3 and G6 carrier alliances due to their weak intermodal transport links, according to Drewry Maritime Research.