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 does it mean if the largest container line in the world is making money while most of its peers are less profitable or struggling? Where will it lead?

News & Analysis

02 Sep 2014
When he goes to Shanghai in November, U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle wants to find out how Chinese regulators will handle the “2M” vessel-sharing agreement, as statements that the pact doesn’t require regulatory approval from Beijing are coming from others, not regulators themselves.
02 Sep 2014
Ocean freight rates for shipments under contract on major east-west routes decreased 6 percent from March through July, allowing shippers to reduce their costs, according to results from Drewry’s Benchmarking Club.
02 Sep 2014
Although delays are starting to ease at the Port of Rotterdam, schedule reliability to the Dutch port plummeted this summer.
Panama Canal container ship
02 Sep 2014
If the Panama Canal hopes to retain container carrier services from South China and Southeast Asia to the U.S. East Coast and regain those it has lost to the Suez Canal over the last few years, it will have to develop a new pricing structure or lower its tolls after it opens its new locks to commercial traffic in 2016, according to a new report from SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.
01 Sep 2014
Hapag-Lloyd will begin charging an Ebola inspection fee on all shipments to and from West Africa from Sept. 21 as mandatory health checks on ships are expected to cause lengthy delays.
01 Sep 2014
Fesco Transportation Group’s revenue and earnings declined in the first half as a weaker rouble and lower ocean freight rates offset higher container volumes.
01 Sep 2014
Maersk Line and CMA CGM have levied congestion surcharges cargo discharged at the port of Sohar in Oman as the relocation of all commercial traffic from Muscat to Sohar leads to berthing delays.
01 Sep 2014
Small Malaysian container line and regional feeder operator PDZ released its full-year results, and once again the destructive impact of weak freight rates was evident in a carrier’s financials despite the line posting a pre-tax profit.
31 Aug 2014
Zim Integrated Shipping Services entered the final stages of a debt restructuring programme after posting a mixed set of first-quarter results where the carrier managed to reduce the size of its loss despite falling revenue.
Cosco Philippines
31 Aug 2014
Cosco Container Lines (Cosco) is placing an order for five 14,000-TEU vessels as it continues with an aggressive tonnage scrapping programme to revitalise both its fleet and its flagging profits.