Executive Editor, JOC.com Mark Szakonyi, based in Washington, D.C., covers railroads, U.S. transportation and trade policy, sourcing and ocean shipping.

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Container ship operators are being told that finding new ways to cut costs to stay profitable is the "new normal" in container shipping. The discipline is being imposed on them, in part, by orders for large newbuildings, which will postpone cyclical recovery.

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