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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

The more that blockchain becomes understood, the more conceptually, at least, it fits hand in glove with international logistics. But actually transitioning logistics to the paradise of transactions being recorded instantly and efficiently is proving to be quite a formidable task.

News & Analysis

An HMM container ship.
02 Apr 2018
Hyundai Merchant Marine will sign an agreement to cooperate with Sinokor Merchant Marine and Heung-A Shipping for intra-Asia routes to facilitate the anticipated merger of the latter two companies’ container shipping operations.
Port of Oakland.
29 Mar 2018
After six years of losses, the container shipping industry ended 2017 with a profit of about $7 billion. Financial reports of the 13 carriers do show improvement but do not yet reflect a full recovery — a recovery that should continue in 2018, given the strengthening global economy, unless political issues intervene.
Maersk Line SeaLand.
29 Mar 2018
The regional carrier's new service will offer fewer port calls — enabling it to build a larger buffer into its schedule.
 A container ship at sea.
28 Mar 2018
Anthony Chiarello, president and CEO of US domestic ocean carrier TOTE, said he will retire this summer after nearly 39 years in the maritime industry.
Port of Oakland.
27 Mar 2018
Rising tariffs and retaliatory measures are a threat to global trade, an alliance of shipper organizations has warned.
Maersk Line.
27 Mar 2018
In theory, blockchain has the potential to enable global container carriers to create a universal, standardized, ledger system with many more efficient processes. The question is whether carriers who are fierce competitors and who do not trust each other can use a system in which trust is integral.
Port of Melbourne.
27 Mar 2018
Rising demand on the Asia-New Zealand-Australia trade could be further boosted by China's trade dispute with the United States.
Yang Ming.
26 Mar 2018
Taiwan's Yang Ming has completed a profitable 2017 on the back of a stronger container market and a recapitalization plan.
Chittagong Port.
22 Mar 2018
The total effective tax on ocean going vessel businesses was almost 27 percent — something that discouraged business executives from investing in the sector. According to officials, the effective high tax rate also discouraged many vessel owners from registering their vessels in Bangladesh.
22 Mar 2018
It has been a good year for ZIM, which has returned to profit following a huge loss-making 2016.
IBM.
21 Mar 2018
The heads of the IBM/Maersk joint venture said 24 companies are being onboarded with roughly 70 more in the pipeline, and are seeking to allay forwarders’ fears that the initiative is encroaching on their end-to-end supply chain services.
21 Mar 2018
Capacity scheduled for deployment on the Asia-North Europe and Mediterranean trades over the next 12 weeks is well above the expected demand for the year.
Port of Oakland.
20 Mar 2018
US truck capacity pressure, exacerbated by the federal electronic logging device mandate, is trickling down to all modes of inland cargo transportation: railroad, drayage, and transloading and long-haul truckload. Ocean carriers are responding with a mixture of actions.
19 Mar 2018
Terminal operators are trying to connect with owners of cargo and improve control of the end-to-end supply chain — moves that mirror those being employed by their container line customers.
19 Mar 2018
The 2M Alliance will adjust its Asia-Europe network, losing many direct calls in a revamp aimed at improving reliability.
16 Mar 2018
It was the best year yet for CMA CGM as strong demand, higher rates, and a full-year contribution from APL boosted revenue and volume.
A container ship at sea.
15 Mar 2018
SM Line Corporation has again appealed to its larger compatriot rival Hyundai Merchant Marine to collaborate on trans-Pacific routes.
Bayonne Bridge (new).
15 Mar 2018
The bulk of regional economic fundamentals indicate a strong year is ahead for container trade, GDP growth, earnings growth, and job creation — with all of the positives that implies for lateral sectors and society.
14 Mar 2018
One weekly service between South Korea and Vietnam has been cut, but it will have a negligible impact on the highly fragmented trade route.
12 Mar 2018
Maersk Line will make alternative vessels available to European exporters after a fire crippled the Maersk Honam in the Arabian Sea.
Port of Oakland.
09 Mar 2018
Ocean carriers want to put the past 10 years behind them; it was a time when their focus went inward, and unsuccessfully so. Much rebuilding is needed to re-establish credibility with customers. One opportunity is the small shipper market. But can carriers make their services Amazon-like for small shippers?
The Port of Los Angeles.
07 Mar 2018
From rising protectionism underscored by President Donald Trump’s attack on steel and aluminum imports, to a new reality regarding US surface capacity, there are new challenges for shippers and transportation providers that demand action rather than hand-wringing.
A container ship at sea.
06 Mar 2018
A fire on board the Maersk Honam has left four crew missing in the Arabian Sea off Salalah.
Two container ships.
06 Mar 2018
In a few years, a few, independent mega-carriers could be competing outside of alliances, the chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority said.
Ocean Network Express (ONE) CEO Jeremy Nixon.
06 Mar 2018
While there was room for “a little more” consolidation, One Network Express CEO Jeremy Nixon told the TPM 2018 conference that from a product and network perspective, he expected to see stability continue over the next two years.
A Hapag-Lloyd container ship.
06 Mar 2018
Shippers may find that Hapag-Lloyd’s use of CargoSphere’s rate translation systems makes it faster and easier to see what their negotiated rates mean for the cost of sending cargo on different routes around the world.
The Port of Santos, Brazil.
06 Mar 2018
The São Paulo Harbor Authority’s six-month investigation concluded that the Log-In Pantanal’s captain, its first mate, and two other officers were at fault.
The Port of Shanghai.
05 Mar 2018
Singapore-based APL will launch a fast premium service between Shanghai and LA in June to lure shippers of air freight to ocean.
05 Mar 2018
Container shipping supply and demand appear to be moving closer toward balance, according to three economists addressing the 18th Annual TPM Conference in Long Beach.
05 Mar 2018
CMA CGM wants “to be more than a price tag” and to that end will roll out insurance, trade finance, and technology and digitization efforts to make the carrier more responsive to shipper needs.
A container ship at sea.
05 Mar 2018
Maersk Line said in a statement that the poor weather caused 70 to 73 containers to collapse or fall into the ocean at 8:15 p.m. on March 3.
The Port of Los Angeles.
01 Mar 2018
Beneficial cargo owners can look for only modest rate hikes in service contract negotiations beginning this month, due to a projected 8 to 9 percent increase in trans-Pacific capacity, while imports are projected to increase 5 to 6 percent, according to Alphaliner.
A container ship approaches a port.
01 Mar 2018
RCL said improving economic conditions in Europe and the United States as well as throughout Asia, along with growth in exports from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore to China, in particular, render brighter future prospects for the shipping industry, despite overcapacity.
A Hapag-Lloyd container ship.
28 Feb 2018
Hapag-Lloyd's 2017 results included seven months of United Arab Shipping Company's performance data; even so, the strong increase in volume and revenue did little to boost average freight rates.
APM Terminals Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia.
28 Feb 2018
Tim Smith has relinquished his position as the Beijing-based chairman of Maersk China and chief representative of Maersk Group in north Asia and will take up his new role with APM Terminals on 1 March.