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

What will 2015 look like for an industry that has had four consecutive underperforming years? There are many issues to deal with, but let’s focus on the few that mean the most. At the top of the list is the lack of profitability among ocean carriers and West Coast labor and congestion issues that I don’t see clearing up any time soon.

News & Analysis

26 Jan 2015
The new carrier mega-alliances are set to shake up market share on the key Asia-North Europe liner trade while shippers will benefit from a greater choice of services, and probably lower freight rates, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants.
Cosco container ship at Prince Rupert
26 Jan 2015
China’s largest shipping company, China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co., sailed back to profit in 2014 after three loss-making years, according to mainland media.
23 Jan 2015
Maersk’s chief executive warned global trade will never return to the heady growth rates experienced before the global financial crisis of 2008, partly due to moves by western firms to repatriate manufacturing closer to home.
23 Jan 2015
Spot rates on the Asia-North Europe trade surged to $1,256 per 20-foot container as carriers levied January general rates increases and volumes grew in the build up to Chinese New Year, according to the latest reading of the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI).
22 Jan 2015
The global container ship fleet this year is set to increase 7.8 percent in terms of capacity, outpacing last year’s 6.3 percent growth, according to Alphaliner.
APL Gwangyang at Port of Singapore
21 Jan 2015
It will be “better luck” this year for loss-making Neptune Orient Lines as plummeting bunker fuel prices give a huge boost to the company’s cost savings drive, according to investment bankers DBS Vickers.
20 Jan 2015
A bipartisan group of 32 U.S. House members are pushing back against a recently filed amendment to repeal requirements that domestic waterborne cargo be shipped in U.S.-flag ships owned, built and operated by Americans.
19 Jan 2015
Sea Star Line and Crowley Maritime are adding container-on-barge capacity to the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico service after Jones Act competitor Horizon Lines exited the trade lane in December.
19 Jan 2015
Allcargo Logistics has kicked off a coastal container feeder service between West India and South India, expanding its core multimodal transportation portfolio.
19 Jan 2015
Sea Star Line will expand its U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico service on Jan. 29 by launching a weekly container-on-barge service in addition to the carrier’s roll-on, roll-off ships.