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

Meeting in Asia this month with a number of carriers that participate in the project by submitting their berth productivity data to The Journal of Commerce, I’ve never seen a greater sense of urgency to find ways to get ships in and out of port faster. It’s a simple calculus: The quicker a ship leaves port, the slower the speed and less fuel is needed to get to the next port on schedule.

News & Analysis

29 Jun 2015
Cosco, the largest shipping group in China, is back in the corruption spotlight with the National Audit Office issuing a report that accuses the carrier of serious financial irregularities.
26 Jun 2015
Kattupalli International Container Terminal, an emerging alternative gateway on India’s southeastern coast, last week celebrated the first ship call of the SCI Middle East India Liner Express, or SMILE, an intra-regional service by state-owned carrier Shipping Corporation of India.
26 Jun 2015
Spot rates on the Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trades more than doubled in anticipation of general rate increases to be imposed next week and as carriers continued to withdraw sailings in a bit to cut back chronic overcapacity.
24 Jun 2015
United Arab Shipping Co. gained regulatory breathing room Wednesday when the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission unanimously voted to grant the the Qatar-controlled carrier exemptions from filing rules required by it being on the “controlled carrier” list.
24 Jun 2015
Hapag-Lloyd is raising rates on the East Coast of South America to Central and North America trade lane amid a recent shakeup in vessel-sharing agreement.
24 Jun 2015
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission is moving to force ocean carriers to provide data and information for monitoring a FMC-authorized agreement formed to attack West Coast port congestion.
24 Jun 2015
SeaLand sees its new service linking Central America with the U.S. East Coast as an opportunity to increase its interchange of cargo from ships of its larger corporate sibling Maersk Line.
24 Jun 2015
The Ocean Three Alliance has taken the unprecedented step of withdrawing one of its Asia-Europe strings at the start of the peak season that will take 12,000 TEUs out of service, according to Alphaliner.
23 Jun 2015
Rates on major east-west container routes are “in free fall” and likely to remain depressed by supply-demand imbalances for at least two more years, according to analysts at Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.
23 Jun 2015
Hapag Lloyd is adding the port call of Ashdod, Israel, to its service connecting the country with Turkey and said it will begin calling on Iskenderun, Turkey in late July through an unspecified service.