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

15 Sep 2014
Three major container lines have announced plans to launch a mega-alliance, dubbed Ocean Three, or as the JOC.com team likes to call it, O3.
15 Sep 2014
Slow-steaming has absorbed significant amounts of space on container ships, helping carriers save money on
15 Sep 2014
New global alliances of container ship lines could produce a retaliatory surge in large-ship orders by competitors in 2016-2018, according to a research report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts.
15 Sep 2014
State-owned Shipping Corporation of India has announced the launch of a fortnightly direct container service connecting major ports in the Indian subcontinent with Myanmar, starting this month.
15 Sep 2014
T.S. Lines launches third India-China service in a vessel sharing agreement with Hanjin and Simatech
15 Sep 2014
Mediterranean Shipping Co. today unveiled surcharges of up to $165 per 20-foot container on North European and North American routes that will be subject to new low-sulfur limits in 2015.
15 Sep 2014
The final piece of the puzzle, completing the circle –– container shipping analysts were searching for expressions to describe the Ocean Three alliance that was announced last week. But Drewry and SeaIntel were both in agreement that the alliance between CMA CGM, CSCL and UASC would see Ocean Three slot in just behind the 2M tie up of Maersk Line and MSC and see both alliances outpacing the rival networks of G6 and CKYHE.
14 Sep 2014
An estimated 300,000 40-foot reefer containers are expected to be added to the global fleet by 2018 as strong demand for perishables drives the business and improving technology enables their long distance transport.
Hapag-Lloyd's Hamburg Express container ship
14 Sep 2014
Container freight rates will stabilize and may trend upward over the next few years despite the existing overcapacity of vessel space because of the expansion of existing carrier alliances and the creation of new ones, according to Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.
Wrap-up
13 Sep 2014
A new carrier alliance entered the fray this week after weeks of feverish speculation.