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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

14 Jul 2020
Carriers may need to go beyond blank sailings to manage capacity if new and sustained outbreaks of COVID-19 cause a prolonged downturn in consumer demand, says Drewry.
14 Jul 2020
Bangladesh’s maritime regulator implemented the quarantine in February just as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) began spreading globally.
13 Jul 2020
Some US importers are already trying to get ahead of a potential escalation in tariffs on EU goods by front-loading cargo.
10 Jul 2020
A new waterborne service has debuted between Chittagong and Kolkata, saving time and money for shippers.
10 Jul 2020
Cosco Shipping's partnership with Alibaba and the group’s finance arm Ant Financial, which will primarily focus on using blockchain to track containerized goods globally, fits into China’s larger goal of creating a digital silk road threading through its Belt and Road initiative.
10 Jul 2020
With COVID-19 flare-ups endangering reopenings across the country, the road to recovery for US shippers and transportation providers will likely look more like a mountain switchback than a sharp incline.
09 Jul 2020
Imports from Asia and China rebounded in June as a number of US retailers reopened, but consumer demand could pull back later this summer if stores are forced to close again due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.
09 Jul 2020
For so-called black swan events such as COVID-19, there’s little chance that logistics managers will have had the foresight to have a traditional plan ready for a pandemic or disruption caused by an unexpected natural disaster.
08 Jul 2020
Container lines can either keep up the capacity discipline they showed in the first half and be on track to end the year with $9 billion in profit, or lose $7 billion if they can’t, according to SeaIntelligence Maritime Consulting.
08 Jul 2020
Antwerp shrugged off the demand-cutting impact of Europe’s COVID-19 lockdowns, reporting a small, though unexpected, gain in first-half volumes.
07 Jul 2020
The Digital Container Shipping Association is targeting standard vessel schedule publishing to allow ports and cargo interests to get more real-time arrival and departure data.
06 Jul 2020
The move, bringing an end to APL’s 170-year legacy as a commercial trans-Pacific carrier, is part of the Marseille-based shipping group’s broader effort to clarify its offering to customers since a series of major acquisitions.
06 Jul 2020
Freight forwarders say they have reduced payment deadlines to 30 days, with some firms only accepting up-front payment for new shipper customers even if they pass credit checks.
06 Jul 2020
Maersk has made another landside acquisition as part of its transformation strategy aimed at controlling more of the end-to-end container supply chain.
06 Jul 2020
The pandemic has shown how adaptable carriers’ land-based employees are in a time of crisis, but switching a large part of the operation to home offices almost immediately also means the underlying systems are getting closer to automation.
03 Jul 2020
Forwarders tell JOC.com that with GRIs, peak-season surcharges (PSSs) and bunker-fuel adjustments all taking effect this week, freight rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific vary from shipper to shipper.
03 Jul 2020
Europe’s recovering economies are generating increasing demand for Asian imports and keeping rates up and container shipping space tight.
03 Jul 2020
An industry-spanning initiative has been launched in Europe to find a sustainable alternative to fossil fuel.
02 Jul 2020
US retailers in May stepped up their imports from China, as factories there were better prepared to increase production than factories in Southeast Asia.
01 Jul 2020
Forwarders in the container supply chain are keeping a close eye on rising demand from European shippers, as carriers try to balance capacity with rising volume.
01 Jul 2020
Five of the major carriers now offer online quoting and booking with Mediterranean Shipping Co. the latest to launch its e-business solution.
30 Jun 2020
Retailers and forwarders say July 1 general rate increases (GRIs) could send spot container freight rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific to record levels.
29 Jun 2020
The IMF has cut further its already gloomy economic growth outlook for Europe and North America, as carriers make further capacity adjustments on the trans-Atlantic trade.
29 Jun 2020
A renewed push to reduce port stay times, driven by larger decarbonization goals, represents a rare scenario in which carriers, terminal operators, and cargo owners could all benefit.
26 Jun 2020
Individual container carrier mergers and acquisitions, as well as a reconfiguring of vessel sharing alliances has created an environment in which members could begin to coordinate intermodal rail and trucking transport.
25 Jun 2020
NVO market share of US imports from Asia increases as dozens of blank sailings push cargo owners to seek capacity their core carriers are not providing to them.
25 Jun 2020
Carriers are more united than ever in matching capacity with demand as they keep firmly focused on their bottom line, says DHL Global Forwarding.
25 Jun 2020
Industry majors have teamed up with the Maersk Group in an initiative to identify and develop a fuel that will decarbonize the global shipping sector.
24 Jun 2020
Mexican businesses and their US and Canadian partners are focused on rebuilding supply chains shattered by COVID-19 and the recession, but they shouldn’t forget USMCA.
24 Jun 2020
Carriers are shaking off some of their pessimism for this year, with more rosy outlooks and improved expectations emerging as the demand-challenged second quarter draws to a close.
22 Jun 2020
Carriers’ container volumes in the US-Asia trades declined in the first four months of 2020 and are expected to remain below last year’s volumes through the peak season.
22 Jun 2020
Carriers should end the year in the black despite the impact of COVID-19 on volumes, believes Sea-Intelligence, provided the capacity discipline shown so far continues and they avoid chasing market share.
22 Jun 2020
Select blank sailings on the East Coast South America-Asia trade come as currency devaluations by both Brazil and Argentina are boosting exports to Asia, particularly of reefer cargoes, fueling an imbalance in container volumes.
19 Jun 2020
HMM will be switching from BNSF Railway to Union Pacific Railroad in August, a move that allows it to prioritize efficient inland movement of containers within THE Alliance.
19 Jun 2020
Disciplined capacity management and price increases are strengthening the Asia-Europe spot market, lifting rates on both westbound and eastbound routes well above last year’s levels.
17 Jun 2020
Maersk said it expected the slightly milder volume decline would result in Q2 operating earnings “slightly above” its first-quarter 2020 results and better than its second-quarter 2019 performance.