Container Lines

Container Lines

At a time when the container shipping landscape is constantly evolving, and market dynamics present increasingly complex challenges for the shipping industry, the JOC provides up-to-the-minute news, analysis and business intelligence about the container lines that transport most of the world's trade including Maersk, COSCO, Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM, MOL, Yang Ming, Zim Integrated Shipping Services, and many others.

JOC’s comprehensive coverage ranges from the latest information about new shipping lines to major changes in company leadership, to in-depth analysis of the pricing and volume trends that directly impact shippers' bottom lines and supply chains. The consolidation of the container shipping sector has resulted in increasingly divergent strategies, with some firms focusing solely on ocean transport while others opt for a more "end-to-end" approach. The JOC’s comprehensive, in-depth coverage probes the consequences of these various strategies for shipping lines, shippers, and other stakeholders of container lines.

Commentary

Maersk Line and CMA CGM have gotten a lot of press for their plans to offer services many see as “new,” while others say this is just the next iteration of something carriers have tried to do for decades.

News & Analysis

01 Oct 2019
With liner schedule reliability a persistent bugaboo, the German container line is turning to Portchain to highlight in real time disruption to schedules.
30 Sep 2019
The convergence of contract and spot rates for ocean freight and the increased availability of instant digital quoting tools is pushing more cargo to the spot market and changing shipper negotiation strategies for long-term contracts.
30 Sep 2019
An early blockchain-based liner shipping product has shuttered due to a lack of demand, signaling that the industry is still struggling to understand the concept and the value of blockchain and cryptocurrency.
30 Sep 2019
The Chittagong Customs House has suspended the license of Continental Traders, the local agent of COSCO Shipping, a move that could cause significant disruptions to the Chinese state-run container carrier’s operations in Bangladesh.
27 Sep 2019
Sponsored: Trucking capacity and rate fluctuations are major concerns for shippers. Cosco Shipping’s Executive Vice President Howard Finkel frankly addresses the issues in this JOC interview.
26 Sep 2019
BCOs are urged to prepare their C-Suites for an up to 9 percent increase in ocean freight costs after IMO 2020 takes effect Jan. 1.
24 Sep 2019
The partnership with JDA is the latest sign of how Maersk is seeking to become an integrator, deepening its reach into landside transport, customs brokerage, and distribution.
23 Sep 2019
Carriers in the trans-Pacific may reduce capacity beyond what they have already announced for October by choosing not to replace vessels that will be removed from deployment in November and December to transition to IMO 2020-compliant fuel.
23 Sep 2019
US Customs and Border Protection’s 90-day suspension of the carrier’s trusted trade status ended Sept. 16, but not before damaging Mediterranean Shipping Co's brand and spurring some multinational cargo owners to hold off on booking.
23 Sep 2019
The newly formed Getting to Zero Coalition, comprising members of the maritime, energy, infrastructure, and financial sectors, will lead commercial efforts to meet the International Maritime Organization’s goal of halving carbon emissions from shipping by 2050.
20 Sep 2019
CMA CGM has backed off from a proposed $50 administrative fee for detention and demurrage documentation processing after swift customer pushback.
20 Sep 2019
The FMC’s recommendations stem from an 18-month effort led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye to address complaints from cargo owners and drayage drivers over what they considered unfair fees for failing to pick up cargo and return equipment in a timely manner.
18 Sep 2019
John Butler, CEO and president of the World Shipping Council, said a number of studies suggest mandatory slow-steaming — one of many proposals the International Maritime Organization is considering — would force carriers to deploy more ships in order to keep service commitments.
17 Sep 2019
Maersk has “seen an understanding from the vast majority of customers” that they’ll need to pay higher fuel surcharges due to the IMO low-sulfur mandate, which will cost the container shipping industry $10 billion to $15.7 billion more annually, according to various estimates
16 Sep 2019
The US Department of Agriculture has approved nine new locations for its longstanding in-transit cold treatment program in the southern and western parts of the country.
16 Sep 2019
Fluctuations in tariffs have long necessitated a diversified and nimble supply chain strategy, but the current US-China trade war is creating unique challenges in the refrigerated cargo sector.
16 Sep 2019
Container carriers in the slowing US import and export trades are exercising increased discipline, maintaining capacity levels rather than introducing new vessels in an attempt to secure a larger share of the market.
13 Sep 2019
Shippers in the trans-Pacific should brace for a confusing fourth quarter as carriers in October file low-sulfur fuel surcharges customers will have to pay in November and December. Those interim fees will be replaced by permanent floating surcharges effective Jan. 1.
13 Sep 2019
The larger container ships global carriers are starting to deploy in intra-Asia trades are putting pressure on specialist feeder lines already dealing with bad weather, port congestion, and shifting trade patterns.
12 Sep 2019
With capacity plentiful and spot rates softening, NVOs’ share of US imports from Asia in the first half of 2019 edged lower after having increased steadily the previous five years.
12 Sep 2019
The adoption of blockchain-based container shipping software may depend on the efficacy of associated identity management and data security components.
11 Sep 2019
The recent sharp drop in high-sulfur fuel oil prices and supplies is a sign the market has begun to shift ahead of IMO 2020.
06 Sep 2019
The world’s fourth-largest ocean carrier says its integration of recently purchased third-party provider CEVA Logistics is “proceeding according to plan” despite mounting losses and debt.
06 Sep 2019
The Federal Maritime Commission agreed to the recommendations stemming from a year-and-half effort led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye to address complaints from cargo owners and drayage drivers over what they considered unfair fees for failing to pick up cargo and return equipment in a timely manner.
06 Sep 2019
INTTRA and CargoSphere vet seeks to provide container lines and freight forwarders with a new crowd-sourced path to innovating solutions for systemic container shipping problems.
05 Sep 2019
A new index designed to help shippers optimize their supply chains in the face of poor vessel schedule reliability is under development by shipping software provider CargoSphere and the publisher of the China Containerized Freight Index (CCFI) and Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI).
05 Sep 2019
Digital freight broker Loadsmart is adding to the list of startups aiming to revamp way shippers can procure drayage capacity in an effort backed by sizable investment from Maersk and Ports America.
05 Sep 2019
Maersk makes another move to source IMO 2020-compliant fuels ahead of the Jan. 1 mandate as the global availability of very low sulfur fuel oil remains an open question.
04 Sep 2019
While some liner shipping parties questions the wisdom of container lines alone developing data standards, the speed with which the DCSA unveiled its first set of standardized process maps suggests maybe fewer parties are better suited for such sweeping initiatives.
04 Sep 2019
The 2M Alliance has added the Port of New Orleans to a route linking China with the Gulf of Mexico, giving the Gulf Coast port its second service from the Far East and adding to its rapidly growing volume of import cargo.
04 Sep 2019
Amid signs of newfound and relative stability, the container shipping industry faces two imminent challenges.
03 Sep 2019
Carriers are beginning to notify customers of low-sulfur fuel surcharges effective Oct. 1, but customers look at them only as preliminary estimates and expect adjustments this fall.
02 Sep 2019
A container shipping consortium of nine carriers designed to create common data standards in the industry released its first set of digital process guidelines governing the journey of shipments, containers, and vessels.
28 Aug 2019
Wide-ranging software development — from in-house teams to fostering startups — in Bangalore shows Maersk is putting resources toward its stated intent to become a global logistics integrator.
27 Aug 2019
A forwarder that has just launched a new index to document price changes on freight moving from Asia to Mexico says the peak season will be weak this year, as consumers shy away from spending due to the country’s ailing economy.