Maritime News

MOL today confirmed orders and charters for six 20,150 TEU vessels that catapults the Japanese carrier into the ranks of the operators of the world’s largest container ships.

Hamburg Sud in Port of Santos
SeaLand, the hallowed container shipping brand relaunched by Maersk Line in January, sees an opportunity to gain market share in the Latin American lanes resulting from two mergers — between two German container lines and two Chilean carriers.

Rickmers Group, the leading German ship owner and manager, said it has successfully concluded negotiations with its bankers to restructure 1.28 billion euros (US$1.43 billion) of loans.

Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou said ships with capacities of 25,000 20-foot-equivalent units are possible but not practical today, and that he expects 18,000- to 19,000-TEU container ships to remain the largest afloat for years to come.

Maersk reefer container overseas
Growth in the global reefer market this year will likely outpace the lukewarm performance of the past few years, according to industry analysts.

Cargo interests undoubtedly are relieved that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association reached a tentative contract deal on Feb. 20 after more than nine months of unexpectedly difficult negotiations, but now it’s time for importers and exporters to reassess their commitment to West Coast ports.

Hyundai container ship at APM Terminals in Los Angeles
The economic fundamentals of the trans-Pacific trade are strengthening, setting the stage for what would normally generate rapid growth in container volumes, especially in the eastbound trade. But this isn’t a normal year.

MSC container ship at the Port of Philadelphia
A new incentive program for ocean carriers at Philadelphia could bring more than 1 million new containers through the city’s Delaware River terminals over the next five years, according to the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.

Trucks at the Port of Santos
After 10 days of "spontaneous" protests, many independent truck drivers in Brazil have agreed to government-inspired peace talks aimed at preventing the South American country from grinding to a halt.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. is adding a new container service in the India-Australia-Mediterranean route, called the Australia Express, as the Geneva-based carrier beefs up its India connections to serve growing trade volumes.