Container Lines

Business intelligence, news and analysis on the container lines that transport most of the world's trade such as CMA CGM, MOL, Zim Integrated Shipping Services, and others.'s coverage of container lines ranges from new services to leadership changes and in-depth analysis of pricing and volume trends that directly impact shippers' bottom lines and supply chains. 

The container line landscape is constantly evolving as market dynamics present new challenges to the industry. See how the companies involved have changed as a result of mergers and acquisitions since 1977.


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News & Analysis

26 Oct 2016
Anxiety over the staying power of container lines after the Hanjin Shipping collapse is thick among beneficial cargo owners, vendors, and the container lines.
26 Oct 2016
Star Reefers sank into the red in the third quarter as the Norwegian refrigerated shipping line faced intense pressure from container lines.
25 Oct 2016
A federal judge on Tuesday allowed a chassis company to terminate leases with Hanjin Shipping.
24 Oct 2016
Hanjin Shipping is negotiating with the terminal operating subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Co. to purchase its TTI terminal in Long Beach, but MSC has a minimum annual financial commitment at another terminal in the port.
24 Oct 2016
Multiple calls by large vessels on certain days of the week, known as vessel bunching, are straining the equipment and labor resources at US ports and presenting a growing threat to productivity at container terminals.
24 Oct 2016
Fesco’s revenue and earnings are still in freefall as Russia’s leading ocean and intermodal rail container operator struggles with a flatlining domestic economy.
24 Oct 2016
A recent spike in the container spot market has given carriers improved pricing power, with shippers resigned to paying higher rates in their 2017 service contracts.
A container line's ships won't be empty if it goes under, making it harder still for shippers to see the signs they need to avoid disruption like that caused by Hanjin Shipping's insolvency.
22 Oct 2016
The collapse of the seventh-largest global container line in terms of deployed capacity sends a clear message: All bets are off.
The fate of the Ocean Alliance had become uncertain in recent months after the US Federal Maritime Commission halted its review process to receive more information from alliance membners.
21 Oct 2016
US maritime regulators gave the green light to the Ocean Alliance to take sail on US trades in April.
21 Oct 2016
Creditors of Hanjin Shipping have just four days to make a claim against the troubled carrier.