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

I don’t know about you, but I want to read or hear about something other than the congestion at West Coast ports, the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Although the nine-month contract “negotiations” that finally brought a tentative agreement on Feb. 20 — and labor relations overall — are critical issues, there are other important issues to address, including the upcoming negotiations for 2015-16 service contracts in the eastbound trans-Pacific.

News & Analysis

27 Mar 2015
A week after announcing its formation, a new shipper coalition in Shanghai lambasted container lines for focusing on price to the detriment of service.
27 Mar 2015
OOCL and Yang Ming Line have expanded their joint China-Pakistan Express (CPX) Service by adding a direct call at Adani Hazira Container Terminal, a private facility in West India, starting in mid-April.
27 Mar 2015
Hapag-Lloyd, Germany’s biggest container line, slumped to a net loss of 603.7 million euros [$652 million] in 2014 largely due to the one-off cost of acquiring and integrating Chilean carrier CSAV.
26 Mar 2015
Maersk Line has kick started its $15 billion ship investment program with its first order in more than four years for seven ice-class container vessels.
26 Mar 2015
Speculation has been rife in the Singapore media about a possible tie-up between Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) and fellow G6 Alliance member Hong Kong’s Orient Overseas International Ltd. (OOIL), but a closer look at the business of the two carriers reveals that merging their operations would create little synergy.
25 Mar 2015
APL issued an upbeat customer advisory Wednesday about conditions at Los Angeles-Long Beach, saying that while many ships remain at anchor off the coast, the pace of cargo handling is noticeably picking up.
25 Mar 2015
The Asia-Europe trade needs a system similar to the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement on the transpacific route so carriers can apply general rate increases and set surcharges in a more consistent and transparent way, a leading industry analyst says.
25 Mar 2015
Singapore-based regional container carrier Pacific International Lines (PIL) will become a major shareholder in Mariana Express Lines, a compatriot Asia feeder operator.
24 Mar 2015
Just a week after AlixPartners reported improving finances for container lines, the international consulting firm provided a less-than-cheery projection of the industry’s balance sheet in 2015.
24 Mar 2015
China is expected to step up pressure on Greece to revive the stalled privatization of the port of Piraeus during a visit to Beijing this week by ranking members of the new Athens government.