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

Soren Skou isn’t just the leader of the world’s largest container shipping company.

News & Analysis

Weekly wrap-up: Mega-alliances, LA-LB issues and trucking growth
20 Sep 2014
Issues at the Los Angeles-Long Beach were on JOC.com readers’ minds this week, along with mega-alliances and growth in the trucking industry.
20 Sep 2014
Spot freight rates on the key Asia-north Europe trade are reported to have slumped to just $750 per 20-foot container, down more than $1,000 since the beginning of the year.
LA stacktrain
19 Sep 2014
The percent of import containers arriving at the Los Angeles-Long Beach gateway that were transloaded into domestic containers for onward rail transport into the interior U.S. continued to increase last year and is forecast to continue rising in 2014.
19 Sep 2014
Westbound trans-Pacific carriers expect container availability to increase in the next three weeks at most key U.S. intermodal hubs, according to a weekly U.S. Department of Agriculture survey.
ship in Black Sea
19 Sep 2014
DFDS, one of Europe’s largest short sea-shipping and logistics operators, this week announced plans to close a second route in response to tougher environmental regulations that will sharply increase the cost of ships’ fuel from 2015.
19 Sep 2014
Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou on Friday discussed the proposed “2M’ vessel-sharing agreement with China’s Ministry of Commerce, as the carrier works to avoid a repeat of the rejection that it received from Chinese regulators for its proposed P3 alliance in June.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for Sept. 19
19 Sep 2014
Multiple container lines have planned general rate increases in numerous trade lanes in October, although any gains achieved could be temporary as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
SCFI Shanghai to Northern European ports rate September 19, 2014
19 Sep 2014
Spot rates on the Asia-northern Europe trade plunged below $1,000 for the first time since March as September GRIs continued to slide, according to the latest Shanghai Containerized Freight Index.
18 Sep 2014
With the number of laid-up container ships hovering close to three-year lows, vessel owners may enjoy a short-term boost in charter rates this fall, industry analyst firm Alphaliner reports in its latest newsletter.
18 Sep 2014
The emergence of four large alliances among the world's largest container shipping lines is creating a two-tier market that could doom smaller carriers to hanging on to niche trades or going out of business.