Trans-Atlantic

The ACL Atlantic Star is the first of the G4 class ships, whose combination of container and roll-on, roll-off capacity has helped the liner get through the onging downturn in the container sector.
22 Aug 2016
ACL expects its new ships to provide an edge.
27 Jan 2016
The volume of cargo handled by the container trade around the globe this year will increase by a relatively “decent” 4 to 5 percent, but this growth will not be nearly enough to make a dent in the enormous glut of vessel capacity that will continue to erode freight rates.
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.
port operations at Rotterdam
06 Jan 2016
The trans-Atlantic container trade is heading for further volatility this year after shedding its “boring” tag in 2015. But it also looks like one of the rare routes where carriers can turn a profit in a year many fear will be the toughest the industry has faced since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.
06 Jan 2016
Ocean freight rates for cargo moving under contracts on the major East-West trade routes continued to decline in the last quarter, according to Drewry’s Benchmarking Club that tracks a group of multinational retailers and manufacturers that monitor their contract freight rates.
04 Jan 2016
North Europe’s stagnant economy is expected to produce a decline in container volume at the region’s ports during the first half of 2016, Hackett Associates and the Hamburg-based Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics said.
21 Dec 2015
Ocean carriers are facing a second consecutive year of shrinking container traffic on the troubled trade from Europe to the east coast of South America as the key Brazil economy is in a “real funk,” according to Drewry Maritime Research.
22 Oct 2015
G6 Alliance carriers have suspended a trans-Atlantic service, the latest sign liners are pulling back capacity after spot rates hit the lowest level in more than a year. The move follows the downgrading of a trans-Atlantic service by members of the 2M Alliance.
16 Oct 2015
Increased vessel capacity continues to weigh on trans-Atlantic container spot rates, which this week remained near their lowest levels of the year, according to the World Container Index posted on JOC.com’s Market Data Hub.
10 Aug 2015
The trans-Atlantic bull-run has hit a glitch as a “huge” injection of capacity on the route since May has outpaced the growth in demand, “bringing a predictable outcome” for freight rates, Drewry Maritime Research said.
CMA CGM Mozart in Hamburg port
04 Aug 2015
U.S. containerized ocean trade via European ports, including transshipment cargoes, increased 3.5 percent year-over-year to 4.7 million 20-foot-equivalent units in the 12 months ending in March, according to PIERS, a sister product of The Journal of Commerce within IHS Maritime & Trade. While U.S. exports tumbled 4.6 percent to just more than 1.9 million TEUs, U.S. imports, comprising 59.3 percent of the trade, jumped 9.9 percent to nearly 2.8 million TEUs.
04 Aug 2015
At a time when east-west container shipping trades are being pummeled by what Drewry Maritime Research calls a toxic mix of overcapacity, weak demand and aggressive pricing, the trans-Atlantic is standing out as a lone, and surprising, stalwart.