Maritime News

Surging capacity on the Asia-North Europe route as carriers deploy more ultra-large vessels will intensify pressure on already vulnerable freight rates, according to Alphaliner.

The decision by Orient Overseas International Ltd (OOIL) to order six 20,000 TEU ships was widely expected and comes just three weeks after fellow G6 Alliance member MOL ordered six mega vessels of its own.

In 20 years as head of United Arab Shipping Co.’s North American business, Anil Jay Vitarana saw growth in ship sizes and container volume. But he says one thing hasn’t changed: Carriers’ profitability remains too low to ensure needed investment and to attract bright young people.

Fesco Transportation Group’s profit soared 30 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, but the weak ruble and lower rail freight rates dragged down the full-year result.

Israeli carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services sharply narrowed its net loss to $127 million in 2014 from $343 million in 2013, with the turnaround accelerating in a strong final quarter.

HONG KONG — The Harper review of Australia’s competition laws has recommended sweeping changes aimed at improving the cou


Single-lane Suez Canal transit
The Egyptian government expects to meet its goal of completing the $4 billion widening of the Suez Canal within a year, allowing shippers to access a second channel by August.

China’s Cosco Pacific will bid for a majority stake in Greece's port of Piraeus after the country's new socialist government apparently reversed course on its opposition to port privatization.

TOTE Marlin-class container ship, powered by LNG
TOTE Inc. has scheduled an April 18 launching for its first container ship built to operate on liquefied natural gas fuel. The new ship will be operated by Sea Star Line between Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

CMA CGM container ship
CMA CGM will sign an order for three 20,600-TEU container ships this week, the French carrier’s vice chairman said.