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

Beneficial cargo owners are celebrating an early Christmas. Anticipating the supply-demand ratios again were trending to the demand side for the year, trans-Pacific contract rates for major BCOs barely moved, if at all. To be sure, some inland point intermodal rates bumped up, but still aren’t close to the cost levels associated with providing the services.

News & Analysis

26 May 2015
Vessel reliability in the trans-Pacific trades is beginning to improve now that West Coast labor issues have been resolved, but it still has a long way to go before it is acceptable, metrics provided by Seaintel Maritime Analysis and the Marine Exchange of Southern California show.
26 May 2015
CMA CGM is launching a trans-Atlantic service with Hamburg Sud and United Arab Shipping Co., and enhancing another service after the French carrier shipped 35 percent more volume between the U.S. East Coast and North Europe in the first three months compared to the same period year ago.
26 May 2015
The idle container fleet shrank slightly to 101 vessels with a total capacity of 323,000 20-foot-equivalent units on May 18 from 106 ships aggregating 348,000 TEUs two weeks earlier, according to Alphaliner.
25 May 2015
Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal, an emerging alternative gateway on India’s southeastern coast, last week celebrated the first vessel call of the Chennai-Colombo-Gulf (CCG) service, a weekly intra-regional loop operated jointly by Simatech Shipping and Evergreen Line
25 May 2015
Rising charter costs and bunker prices might slow container lines' rate push. It has been a sobering fortnight for the liner shipping sector, with most of the freight increases from the May 1 general rate increases on several trade lanes disappearing fast
22 May 2015
Shipping businesses in China are finally emulating their Western peers by embracing the opportunities and challenges brought by the internet, cloud computing, and big data.
22 May 2015
United Arab Shipping Co., a member of the Ocean Three Alliance, has taken delivery of the world’s greenest ultra-large container ship.
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22 May 2015
It’s no secret that specialized carriers are losing refrigerated cargo market share to containerized carriers, but details about why it’s happening, how much cargo is really shifting and who ultimately will control which pieces of the market are less apparent.
21 May 2015
Shipping Corporation of India swung to $31.5 million net profit in fiscal year 2014-15, which ended March 31, from a $43.2 million loss in the previous year, driven by continued cost-cutting and improved freight earnings that helped compensate for a marginal decline in operating revenue.