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

The turbulence sweeping global stock markets during the past few weeks is a belated recognition of what people involved in supply chains, including container shipping, have known for a while: Apart from a few bright spots such as U.S. imports, growth globally is slowing, in large part because of the slowdown in China, and with it has come growing overcapacity and heavier rate pressure in global container markets.

News & Analysis

26 Aug 2015
It is common knowledge by now that shippers and carriers benefit from the lower transportation costs that large container ships offer, but a new report makes a strong argument that mega-ships are significantly reducing the carbon footprint of ocean shipping.
26 Aug 2015
The G6 Alliance is starting a new service from Asia to Sweden, a sign that there are some bright spots on the ailing Asia-Europe trade lane.
26 Aug 2015
Hapag-Lloyd’s integration with CSAV dominated the new entity’s first-half results, with the group posting $180 million in net profit and a 45 percent increase in revenue compared to the first six months of last year.
25 Aug 2015
The G6 Alliance has withdrawn two more sailings on the Asia-Europe trade as the alliance has blanked 16 sailings in the past three months to staunch the bleeding in the trade’s freight rates.
25 Aug 2015
Cosco Pacific is expecting a volatile second half of the year amid fierce competition in the container terminals and leasing business and has warned that the challenging operating environment will slow its throughput.
24 Aug 2015
The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association and the Western States Petroleum Association are urging the California Legislature to reject a request from the San Francisco Bar Pilots for an 11 percent rate hike, a cost that would be passed onto shipowners.
24 Aug 2015
Container shipping between the Mediterranean and North America has turned into a largely one-way trade, creating financial losses for carriers and forcing them to consider drastic capacity cuts.
24 Aug 2015
A reported crack in the concrete of one of the Panama Canal’s new locks has raised concerns about a potential delay of the canal’s scheduled expansion next year.
24 Aug 2015
Taiwan’s Wan Hai Lines second-quarter profit grew 0.9 percent to $33.4 million even as pricing softened.
24 Aug 2015
Global refrigerated container trade appears to be unstoppable, growing steadily over the past decade as the business shrugs off economic downturns, severe weather and port strikes, according to Drewry.