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Maritime news articles about every aspect of the industry, including ports, container and breakbulk lines; and ships and ship chartering. Coverage also includes the impact of recent industry mergers and acquisitions, and of emerging new technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

From the largest container lines such as Maersk LineMSC (Mediterranean Shipping Co.), COSCO Shipping/OOCL, CMA CGM and Ocean Network Express (ONE), to smaller carriers such as SM Line and Eimskip, JOC.com covers the entire industry with unequaled intelligence, data, insight, statistics, and analysis. JOC.com regularly updates its proprietary data about the activity of largest ports, container lines, breakbulk lines and other stakeholders in the maritime shipping sector.

News & Analysis

28 Nov 2022
Central America and Caribbean trade has largely recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to healthy peak season demand, but port congestion and labor issues continue to cause intermittent delays.
18 Feb 2022
Severe supply chain disruption in the world’s key markets has led to a joint effort among international competition authorities to investigate potential collusion.
18 Feb 2022
Industry sources in South India say average feeder fees to Colombo have doubled in recent weeks, with carriers blaming port slowdowns and rising fuel costs.
17 Feb 2022
Long delays at ports are severely disrupting Europe’s extensive feeder shipping system that is a critical part of the regional hub-and-spoke network.
16 Feb 2022
Two years after the pandemic reached US shores, logistics managers at US companies that import from Asia are in the toughest service contract negotiations of their careers, according to conversations with more than a dozen importers.
16 Feb 2022
Securing control of capacity and equipment has become a trend among shippers trying to improve reliability across congested supply chains.
16 Feb 2022
The Pilot Freight acquisition gives Maersk not just last-mile delivery capabilities, but the “middle-mile” backbone needed to speed freight to the final mile.
15 Feb 2022
Alliance partners Mediterranean Shipping Co and Maersk line will end their slot-chartering arrangement with SM Line on their Asia-Pacific Northwest service as the 2M lines have sufficient cargo of their own to fill the slots.
15 Feb 2022
THE Alliance will split a “pendulum” service that swings from Asia to Europe and the US West Coast, with Hapag-Lloyd saying it could respond to demand more easily by adding vessels to two new services rather than through one existing service.
14 Feb 2022
Carrier results season is well underway with HMM following the trend of extreme profitability that is being seen across the container shipping sector.
14 Feb 2022
While profits and freight rates grab most of the headlines in the overheated shipping market, JOC analyst Lars Jensen believes the tonnage tax warrants a closer look, particularly as container lines pursue end-to-end services and push competition with forwarders.
11 Feb 2022
CMA CGM will no longer accept plastic waste exports beginning in June, giving up roughly 8,000 TEU of annual US export business in the name of protecting biodiversity amid growing environmental pressures.
11 Feb 2022
Brazilian shippers continue to face challenges with virtually no reefer containers available for spot cargoes and driver shortages affecting onward shipments from US ports.
10 Feb 2022
The US Senate on Thursday voted to confirm former longshoreman Max Vekich to the Federal Maritime Commission as the agency considers further detention and demurrage rulemaking.
10 Feb 2022
Maersk introduced a new vessel service from Asia that will call on the US Gulf and East Coast and plans to provide its first direct service from Indonesia to the US.
10 Feb 2022
US resin exporters are finding a much tougher shipping market to start 2022 as export gateways deal with unreliable vessel schedules and tight capacity.
10 Feb 2022
Paris-based visibility provider Shippeo is eyeing North America as it seeks to expand the competitive landscape of the fierce global predictive cargo visibility market.
09 Feb 2022
A return to single-digit year-over-year growth in imports in the first half of the year will still not provide the relief necessary for US ports to clear their cargo and vessel backlogs, according to retailers.
09 Feb 2022
The $1.6 billion acquisition of Pilot Freight Services gives Maersk greater power to integrate ocean, air, and land-based services from the first to last mile.
09 Feb 2022
By expanding contracts negotiated directly with shippers, Maersk is automatically reducing the amount of business available to forwarders.
08 Feb 2022
The falling level of connectivity from Japan and South Korea to North America has led shippers to use short-sea services to China, where cargo is transshipped to mainline trans-Pacific services.
08 Feb 2022
German carrier Hapag-Lloyd will not be investing in the air or sea freight forwarding business, keeping its focus on the ocean transport of containers.
07 Feb 2022
Officials from the International Longshoremen's Association and the United States Maritime Alliance have had “discussions about discussions” in recent months about a contract extension that would focus primarily on wage levels.
04 Feb 2022
The Israeli carrier will expand the port rotation of its newly launched ZIM-Med-ISC service between India and the Mediterranean to connect to North Europe trades from next month. 
03 Feb 2022
The Senate’s Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 calls for container lines and terminal operators to validate container storage fees while strengthening their common carriage responsibilities.
03 Feb 2022
After a year of growing disruption, shippers are seeking a more predictable service on the trans-Atlantic, which can be seen in far higher contract rates than just a few months ago.
03 Feb 2022
For southern India cargo interests traditionally tied to foreign transshipment, the weekly IEX service had been a hopeful bet on service reliability and transit time expectations.
02 Feb 2022
The impact of investigations by the Federal Maritime Commission into container shipping — driven by new leadership and pressure from the White House — pales in comparison to fast-moving reform legislation making its way through Congress.
02 Feb 2022
There are no signs the severely congested ports in Asia and the US ports will ease anytime soon, leading a Chinese shipper and European forwarders to step into a space once reserved for carriers.
02 Feb 2022
The ocean shipping sector should prepare now for the market bumps that are entirely predictable – and understand there will be some disruptions that are not so easily forecast, writes JOC analyst Lars Jensen.
01 Feb 2022
Hapag-Lloyd has joined other major carriers in shrugging off flat volumes to ride high rates across congested ocean trade lanes to a record annual operating profit.
31 Jan 2022
Singapore-based ONE reported a healthy half-year net profit and joined other carriers in predicting a significantly elevated full-year result.
28 Jan 2022
Several network changes unveiled by carriers include the 2M Alliance and Zim ending a slot swap agreement on two Asia-Mediterranean services and two Asia services into Vancouver and Seattle on April 1.
27 Jan 2022
US East Coast ports will see an uptick in deployed vessel capacity to start 2022 thanks to additional all-water Asia services being added by ocean carriers.
27 Jan 2022
Container lines have begun to lay out a new wave of hefty peak season surcharges on India-US trades as export demand remains elevated.
26 Jan 2022
Port congestion across the world’s key trade lanes is tying up capacity and destroying the schedule reliability of vessels, with global on-time performance hitting a record low last month.