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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

09 Aug 2022
The Asia–Europe trade could face “significant overcapacity” when port congestion and related bottlenecks are resolved due to the slump in demand growth that has been ongoing for more than a year, according to analyst Sea-Intelligence.
Containers stacked at a port.
18 Sep 2018
So far, India's cabotage reform has boosted transshipment business for private ports more than anticipated.
Port of Los Angeles.
18 Sep 2018
The focus now turns to how dramatic the post-peak season decline will be, and if it will take place earlier than normal after shippers front-loaded their supply chains to avoid US tariffs.
Maersk Line.
17 Sep 2018
Estimates on the cost of the container shipping industry meeting the mandate range from $5 billion to tens of billions of dollars, but ocean carriers are uniform regarding one aspect of this substantially higher cost.
Logistics providers.
17 Sep 2018
A new breed of commercial solutions, mostly developed by startups, aiming to reshape price discovery and ease of quoting, has engendered new possibilities when it comes to freight derivatives.
Port of Los Angeles.
14 Sep 2018
Extra-loaders have made their presence felt, but is that extra capacity capable of ending the escalation in trans-Pacific spot rates long term?
A Hapag-Lloyd ship.
14 Sep 2018
The spot market between Asia and Europe remains stronger than at the same time last year, but the rate is beginning to follow a pattern that will likely concern ocean carriers.
Maersk Line.
13 Sep 2018
The plan calls for targeting transshipment cargo at the east coast ports of Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Krishnapatnam, Kattupalli, and Ennore through expanded feeder networks.
A Hapag-Lloyd ship.
12 Sep 2018
One overriding factor is underpinning the sailing cancellations.
Port of Halifax.
11 Sep 2018
The port of Halifax’s volume has grown amid the global economic recovery, and now it has a flexible expansion plan to position it for even greater volume and bigger ships.
11 Sep 2018
Initial integration problems of Ocean Network Express had an impact on the first-half share of US trade, both exports and imports, carried by the Top 5 US trade carriers.
A ONE ship.
10 Sep 2018
The Top 5’s losses were driven exclusively by shippers shunning the Ocean Network Express, and there was another shipper trend that provides an insight regarding how shippers responded to alliances.
Port of Los Angeles.
07 Sep 2018
Ocean carriers plan October blank sailings even as they introduce extra-loader vessels to handle an import surge in September.
A CMA CGM ship.
07 Sep 2018
As with other ocean carriers, rising bunker fuel prices weighed on CMA CGM’s second-quarter results. Even so, its CEO and chairman remained positive regarding 2018’s second half, citing the rise in freight rates and sustained volumes, in addition to the quality of its service offering.
Two container ships at sea.
06 Sep 2018
Its status may change in the future, but at least for now, instant pricing is a bit of a two-edged sword for ocean carriers.
Maersk Line.
06 Sep 2018
Electronic seals are considered tamper proof and, as such, the new process enhances supply chain security. In addition, as the process eliminates the need for physical, on-site inspection by customs officials, it can reduce shipper logistics costs.
A truck and containers at a port.
05 Sep 2018
It’s not clear whether the petition will survive or not when a final decision is made in December, but shippers' concerns appear to have struck a chord with the federal agency.
Port of Los Angeles.
05 Sep 2018
The move represents modest good news for US importers scrambling for slots, amid a peak season surge in volume.
Antwerp port.
05 Sep 2018
The capacity cutback is another data point that provides pause for thought regarding the argument that a second-half demand/capacity balance would support a recent upswing in container shipping rates.
Yangshan Port, China.
05 Sep 2018
The 20-mile, three-lane dual carriageway bridge is the only road link to the Yangshan terminals, part of the huge Shanghai port that handled 20.5 million TEU in the first half of 2018.
Port of Manzanillo.
04 Sep 2018
It's a 'bad news/good news' situation in Mexico. The bad: new government regulations will likely reduce trucking capacity and slow cargo. The good: despite a variety factors swirling around it, Mexico's cargo volume continues to rise at an impressive rate.
The Port of Oakland.
04 Sep 2018
If ocean carriers are to succeed in migrating shippers to an online quoting environment in this increasingly crowded environment, they will have to prioritize investment in such tools. But, more than that, they’ll have to move away from a trait that has defined container shipping for decades, if not generations.
03 Sep 2018
The hub port of Felixstowe continues to face carrier fallout from delays experienced since Hutchison Port upgraded its terminal operating system in June.
 A container ship at sea.
03 Sep 2018
Improving market fundamentals come at a time of mounting uncertainty, clouding the container shipping outlook and standing in the way of carrier profitability.
Port of Los Angeles.
31 Aug 2018
Ocean carriers continue to have the negotiations advantage in the trans-Pacific, and there was little in the latest weekly data to suggest a change in the peak-season uptrend.
Port of Philadelphia.
31 Aug 2018
The union said the Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association's latest offer was unacceptable because it did not address three main staffing issues.
Port of Itajai, Brazil.
31 Aug 2018
Decades of truck-oriented Brasilia administrations and a bias against rail created a vulnerable trade transport system. The spring truckers’ strike exposed it, and months later trade logistics has yet to recover.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
30 Aug 2018
The deal, if approved by a majority of the International Longshoremen's Association members, would ensure labor peace on both East and Gulf coasts until at least 2024.
Air cargo at Los Angeles International Airport, California.
30 Aug 2018
Air cargo freight rates between China and the United States have been rising since July, according to US-based logistics provider C.H. Robinson, and shipper concern about lack of space on the trans-Pacific trade is a factor in that rise.
A CMA CGM ship.
30 Aug 2018
The data were provided by the largest deepsea container ship operators, who collectively control more than 66 percent of the world’s cellular fleet.
A ZIM container ship.
29 Aug 2018
The reduction in capacity, less than anticipated, provides a slight amount of relief to shippers scrambling to find capacity this peak season.
Port of Oakland.
28 Aug 2018
Deviation from a schedule is information that ocean carriers possess but inexplicably have kept largely to themselves. That has to change, and when it does, both carriers and shippers will benefit.
Port of Los Angeles.
27 Aug 2018
The issue of public money for a private function was raised, but the port noted that Southern California ports have various subsidy programs in place for environmental reasons, such as to encourage carriers to plug into shoreside electrical power to reduce emissions at berth.
A container ship.
27 Aug 2018
For now, grade India’s liberalized cabotage program a modest success.
Port of Los Angeles.
24 Aug 2018
Uncertainty regarding the Trump administration's tariffs and when surging imports will slacken is keeping ocean carriers firmly in control of pricing in the eastbound trans-Pacific trade.
A Wallenius Wilhelmsen ship.
24 Aug 2018
Like much of global trade, pent-up demand and emerging market country development, among other economic fundamentals, bode well for the roll-on, roll-off sector’s growth prospects in the immediate years ahead, if the threat of tariffs subsides.