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 18th Annual TPM Conference marks the start of formal negotiations between many beneficial cargo owners and container lines on annual trans-Pacific service contracts. Price, as always, will drive those negotiations. However, as recent news demonstrates, price is not everything.

News & Analysis

26 Jan 2018
Hong Kong-listed OOCL, soon to be part of Cosco, reported a massive increase in container volume and revenue for 2017.
25 Jan 2018
Local trade sources told JOC.com that a call from French liner CMA CGM next week will mark the commercial launch of PSA International’s much-awaited mega-terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
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24 Jan 2018
The first sailing of MSC’s fortnightly roll-on, roll-off West Africa service will begin Feb. 19 from Le Havre.
23 Jan 2018
The Trump administration announced the tariffs Monday in response to complaints from US-based manufacturers that foreign competition was unfairly flooding the US market with cheap imports.
23 Jan 2018
In 2017 terminal operators CMPort and Cosco demonstrated the capability to pay a premium for port assets — backed by Chinese banks offering Belt and Road project development loans.
19 Jan 2018
Carrier consolidation and projections for continued growth in imports alert beneficial cargo owners to the growing possibility of rate restoration in 2018, but a former shipping executive said carrier discipline is crucial, if service contract rates are to exceed those of last year.
19 Jan 2018
The supply-demand balance will become more favorable to carriers in the second half, believes Jefferies.
18 Jan 2018
CMA CGM is strengthening its presence on the east coast of South America.
18 Jan 2018
With an expanding US economy boosting imports, and carrier consolidation providing leverage on the capacity side, industry experts are putting beneficial cargo owners on notice that the 2018 to 2019 service contracting season could be difficult.
18 Jan 2018
The last piece of the regulatory puzzle has fallen into place for Ocean Network Express, clearing the way for its global April 1 launch.
17 Jan 2018
Expanding SM Line will add another China-US West Coast service to its growing portfolio as the carrier continues to grow its market share.
16 Jan 2018
Qatar Ports is implementing a “comprehensive plan” to expand the network of direct shipping calls to Hamad port.
16 Jan 2018
IBM and Maersk estimate the initiatives could save the industry billions of dollars.
12 Jan 2018
The orders come after Cosco and Yang Ming delayed delivery of roughly 200,000 TEU of capacity to 2019 amid signs overcapacity remains in the market.
12 Jan 2018
Spot rates are rising into a late Lunar New Year, with a host of carrier rate increases scheduled for early February.
11 Jan 2018
From air freight to ocean to trucking, e-commerce is exerting palpable influence on the various transport markets.
11 Jan 2018
Maersk initially set up the program for its own needs and used it to, for example, monitor the temperature of each box and change it if it was too low or high, and also to track the maintenance needs.
11 Jan 2018
In a recent interview, Soo Cheon Lee, co-founder and chief investment officer at investment bank SC Lowy, said SM Line would have to find partners on the trans-Pacific if it was to maintain its competitive edge.
Container shipping capacity is something shippers pay close attention to as the supply-demand balance has a direct impact on freight rate levels.
10 Jan 2018
As capacity floods into service, some carriers have started to delay the delivery of new mega-ships.
09 Jan 2018
Excess capacity in the market is doing carriers no favors in contract talks with shippers, and even though demand is growing, it will not be strong enough to address the surplus in supply.
05 Jan 2018
Solid spot rates this week position carriers for possible rate hikes as the Lunar New Year approaches.
02 Jan 2018
Economic health is driving growth in cargo volumes.
02 Jan 2018
Carriers have little track record of self-policing in pursuit of overall industry gains. Can carriers change their operational stance?
01 Jan 2018
It would appear that managing infrastructure needs for bigger ships and environmental responsibility are at cross-purposes. But heading into 2018, North American ports have a plan.
29 Dec 2017
Spot rates in the major east-west trades ended 2017 on a high note.
29 Dec 2017
As experienced trade professionals know, how 2018 will play out is not something shippers have any influence over and the business of shipping containers in the Asia-Europe trade could take three directions.
27 Dec 2017
This is the second time in nine months congestion has affected operations at Shanghai ports.
22 Dec 2017
Eastbound trans-Pacific spot rates are also down substantially from 2016, but there is a qualification. Those 2016 spot rates were boosted by the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy.
19 Dec 2017
SM Line is hoping to partner with its larger Korean rival HMM as the carrier plans to launch a new trans-Pacific service.
19 Dec 2017
The carrier said it has already signed 100 clients, involving more than $80 million in credit, and is looking to finance another $200 million over the next year.
18 Dec 2017
The impact of mega-ships and consolidation will see the alliances needing to revise their network offerings in 2018, creating new uncertainty for shippers already concerned at potentially large numbers of canceled sailings.
15 Dec 2017
Several port authorities told JOC’s Port Performance North America Conference on Wednesday that they take the threat very seriously.
15 Dec 2017
The intra-Asia trade continues to grow, attracting new services from carriers in the region.
15 Dec 2017
The rate increases announced by several carriers may not have lifted rates by much, but they at least have prevented a slide deep in the low season.
13 Dec 2017
Trans-Pacific rate volatility is likely to continue through 2018, as carriers add capacity and the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement loses another member.