Maritime News

The shipping industry finds itself in a catch-22, with lines forced to cut costs in a depressed market where shippers demand lower rates, as those cuts and rates threaten the productivity shippers and modern supply chains demand.

Container lines and shippers can fix what some consider to be a broken industry if they concentrate more on accelerating the flow of data and cargo and less on freight rates and cost-cutting measures.


Rising spot rates as 2016 winds down will not be enough to lift carrier margins back into profitability, but the upwards trend will be a welcome relief after a year to forget.


US regulators are reviewing a proposed agreement between two marine terminal operators at the Port of Miami that would allow the terminals to jointly negotiate terms and conditions with container lines — a first for the United States.

The providers of LCL services are expanding their US to China and India offerings that give forwarders and shippers better access to Asia.

TTI refuses to post security bond with Northwest Seaport Alliance.

Maersk Line’s acquisition of Hamburg Sud will likely force it to sell its Brazilian flag operation Mercosul Line, which could open the door to CMA CGM or Mediterranean Shipping Co. to enter the closed Brazilian coastal shipping market.

Global container lines found guilty of cartel practices in the Russian market are seeking a settlement with Russian authorities in an attempt to avoid multi-million dollar fines.

Shippers have incurred heavy costs when their containers have been locked behind terminal gates for reasons outside their control.
A broad range of US shippers, truckers, and transportation intermediaries are asking federal maritime regulators to consider creating a rule to prevent marine terminals and container lines from charging demurrage and detention fees.

Consolidation of container lines could spur them to finally make a clean break from control of intermodal chassis.

The members of THE Alliance on Wednesday announced a revamped Mediterranean-East Coast North America service via a link with Israeli ocean carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Service.