Container Lines

Container Lines

Business intelligence, news and analysis on the container lines that transport most of the world's trade such as CMA CGM, MOL, Zim Integrated Shipping Services, and others. JOC.com's coverage of container lines ranges from new services to leadership changes and in-depth analysis of pricing and volume trends that directly impact shippers' bottom lines and supply chains. 

The container line landscape is constantly evolving as market dynamics present new challenges to the industry. See how the companies involved have changed as a result of mergers and acquisitions since 1977.

Commentary

Throwing more money at infrastructure, additional assets, and increasing freight rates won’t solve one of the industry’s biggest cost factors - the management of empty containers. There’s a better way.

News & Analysis

Rotterdam port.
18 Jan 2019
Given current factors in the two trade lanes, there was little chance rates would strengthen.
Port of Los Angeles.
15 Jan 2019
How the reduced capacity meets slowing US import volume, which will be reflected in weekly spot rates, will give a preliminary picture of what to expect in supply and demand for the coming year.
Port of Veracruz.
15 Jan 2019
Shippers that export goods from Mexico may find the process faster and more reliable under a blockchain project in development at the port of Veracruz.
Rotterdam port.
15 Jan 2019
“If a carrier comes with a 30-day transit and they suddenly change to 40 days, we need to know about it one month in advance,” a shipper of medical products said.
Bartolomeu Dias at Manaus.
14 Jan 2019
The lesson gleaned by shippers and transport movers from the 11-day strike is – don't put too many transport 'eggs' in one basket.
Global trade and logistics technology.
14 Jan 2019
Shippers' conundrum: if carriers are poor at arriving on time, why do shippers believe those carriers will be better at providing data in a timely manner, much less a predictive one?
Container ship bunkering.
14 Jan 2019
IMO 2020 has the potential to change costs for freight that never comes close to the open sea.
A truck at port's container transfer area.
11 Jan 2019
At least two ocean carriers will initiate US street-turn fees next month to reduce administrative costs for this measure; truckers and BCOs say it will increase supply chain costs.
Low-Sulfur Fuel Regulation infographic.
11 Jan 2019
Bunker surcharges have been revised by carriers to mitigate the effect of the IMO sulfur cap of 0.5 percent starting Jan. 1, 2020.
Port of Oakland.
10 Jan 2019
If there was ever a year when the outlook for reliability in the system was more clouded, 2019 and into 2020 would take the prize.
Container shipping.
09 Jan 2019
The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29 but is struggling to reach a deal on trade that would limit disruption.
Port of Los Angeles.
08 Jan 2019
"With the holiday season behind us, the immediate pressure to stock up on merchandise has passed, but retailers remain concerned about tariffs and their impact on the nation’s economy,” said Jonathan Gold, the NRF’s vice president for supply chain and customs policy.
DP World Santos.
08 Jan 2019
Shippers are concerned that they will pay for service consolidation.
port of Antwerp.
08 Jan 2019
Shippers can expect a far more aggressive approach to matching vessel supply with demand.
Technology and shipping.
08 Jan 2019
Fissures have appeared, ranging from member frustration in standards-setting organizations to deeper concerns about the viability of the technology in the container shipping space.
Container shipping.
08 Jan 2019
Carriers among the other two alliances are expected to announce their own blanking programs.
Container ships on the Elbe.
07 Jan 2019
Increasing use of the available capacity in both directions and the impact of service shifts in 2018 could mean shippers find it more difficult to find carrier space for containers this year.
Big Port of St. Petersburg, Russia.
03 Jan 2019
Shortages in rail equipment, as well as dry and refrigerated containers, are increasing pressure on exporter operations.
03 Jan 2019
Peter Tirschwell provides insight into IMO 2020 impact, Maersk-Damco service changes, and expanding potential within data standardization.
The Port of Oakland.
03 Jan 2019
Here are a few certainties shippers and their transportation providers can bank on for 2019.
Container shipping.
03 Jan 2019
The surcharges and rate increases are coming in hot as 2019 gets under way, with carriers trying to keep prices up into the Lunar New Year peak.
Global trade and technology.
26 Dec 2018
“There are all these wonderful use cases for sensors — container security, optimization, insurance."
20 Dec 2018
ONE has cemented its Asia headquarters in Singapore and will gain greater control of its volume in a joint venture terminal deal in the Lion City.
A container ship.
19 Dec 2018
After a year of dismal schedule reliability, carriers have revised their networks in an attempt to improve service levels, but standing in the way are significant challenges.
The Port of Los Angeles.
17 Dec 2018
Providers such as Advent and GE Transportation are each constructing a system of systems at North American ports.
Maersk Line SeaLand.
14 Dec 2018
It's the latest sign of an ocean carrier strategy of trying to cut costs by pushing shippers to secure slots digitally.
Port of Antwerp.
13 Dec 2018
Among other findings, the McKinsey report provided further evidence supporting the thesis that automation technology incorporation in container shipping, and in particular at marine terminals, will likely be part science and part art.
Trucks delivering and picking up containers at a port
13 Dec 2018
There is almost assuredly no one system that will solve inefficiencies, especially in a large port complex with a dozen independently operated terminals like Southern California, speakers at the JOC Port Performance North American Conference in Newark, New Jersey, said this week.
Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal at Tuticorin port.
13 Dec 2018
Wan Hai hopes to attract business/volume under India's liberalized cabotage system.
Two container ships near Rotterdam port.
12 Dec 2018
Two variables shippers will have to determine that will likely influence the instant quote practice’s acceptance/rejection are — will the shipper's business model benefit from an instant quote and an immediate booking? And how much of a premium are shippers willing to pay to obtain them?
CMA CGM and Traxens Technology.
10 Dec 2018
CMA CGM (India) said the smart container was loaded onto the CMA CGM Tosca at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust on Nov. 30, destined for Marseilles, France.
An MSC ship.
10 Dec 2018
After four straight months of declining demand growth on the westbound Asia-Europe trade, container volume has started to increase.
A Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) meeting.
07 Dec 2018
The Federal Maritime Commission stopped short of any regulatory action on detention and demurrage. Instead, a task force would meet to “refine commercially viable demurrage and detention approaches.” There were several findings, however, which validated cargo owner concerns and provide reasons to be optimistic that teams of stakeholders will be able to find resolutions.
A container ship at sea.
07 Dec 2018
The new tools provide peace of mind for a segment of shippers who want web-based booking tools, and also offer a path to value/service differentiation for ocean carriers. But what happens to the value proposition of NVOs and their decades-long relationships and nuanced, specialized services?
A container ship at sea.
07 Dec 2018
The European Commission said that several EU member states and EU shipbuilding associations have complained about carriers in Asia receiving state subsidies.