Ships & Shipbuilding


Mega-ships have spawned a number of problems for shipping companies, from profitability to ports, but where there are problems, solutions aren't far off.

News & Analysis

09 Feb 2016
A dozen tugboats pulled a mega-ship out of the mud of the Elbe River so that it could call at the Port of Hamburg, illustrating the pressure such gargantuan ships place on ports and rescue crews.
08 Feb 2016
Dole’s deployment of the Dole Pacific on regular service between California and Latin America is the latest sign of how refrigerated ship operators are turning increasingly to container ships from traditional break bulk vessels.
05 Feb 2016
The fleet of idled container ships declined in the past two weeks with 11 vessels securing work, but is set to increase later this month as carriers blank services on the Asia-north Europe trade, according to Alphaliner.
28 Jan 2016
Greek container ship owner Costamare bucked the trend in the depressed charter market, increasing profits in the latest quarter and hinting at further vessel acquisitions.
26 Jan 2016
The announcement that Goldenport Holdings has suspended debt payments and is negotiating a restructuring of its loans highlights the deepening crisis in the container charter market.
25 Jan 2016
The support of China’s state-owned energy companies is central to the success of plans by the central government to reduce the output of emissions from ships that pose a danger to public health in the vicinity of its major ports.
21 Jan 2016
The number of idled container vessels over 500 twenty-foot equivalent units edged slightly higher in the first two weeks of the year and is set to increase as carriers axe sailings in the run-up to the Chinese New Year holiday, according to Alphaliner.
21 Jan 2016
This year’s capacity growth will be the lowest ever recorded for the global container shipping fleet, according to Alphaliner, welcome news for an industry already buried under a deluge of excess vessels that cannot be filled.
14 Jan 2016
The world’s fifth-largest container line, Hapag-Lloyd, expects no major tonnage changes on all-water container services through the Panama Canal before the end of this year.
13 Jan 2016
Maersk Line is still the world’s largest ocean carrier by capacity but its closest rivals, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM, posted higher fleet growth rates during 2015, according to Alphaliner.