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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.
11 May 2022
There is ample evidence that shippers during the COVID-19 pandemic have torn up the supply chain playbook that served them effectively for years, but questions remain over whether those changes will be permanent.
11 May 2022
The share of US imports from China compared to all Asia imports plunged roughly 6 percentage points between February and April amid COVID-19 lockdowns in Shenzhen and Shanghai.
10 May 2022
The presence of container shippers at JOC’s recent breakbulk conference shows that while global container volumes are slowing, plenty of logistics managers are concerned enough about future capacity on US trades.
09 May 2022
Honour Lane’s sale of a majority stake in the company comes at a time when NVOs are gaining ground in the trans-Pacific versus direct carrier contracts and looking to create more integrated offerings.
09 May 2022
US retailers are moving shipments forward in a bid to build inventories before inflation drives prices too high and weakens consumer spending.
09 May 2022
China’s COVID lockdowns, the war in Ukraine, soaring energy prices, and declining global container volumes are muddying the trade outlook waters this year.
06 May 2022
California’s two senators are pushing ocean carriers to provide more export containers to stem billions of dollars in losses they say the state’s agricultural industry has suffered recently.
05 May 2022
Amid heightened scrutiny from Washington, US regulators want the three major container shipping alliances to report more detailed information on pricing and capacity deployment on services in which they share slot capacity.
05 May 2022
For the second time in two weeks, a container line has been assessed a US civil penalty for collecting detention fees last year when it allegedly did not provide drayage providers with a means to return empty containers.
04 May 2022
Hapag-Lloyd’s investment in container tracking hardware has visibility providers hoping to capitalize on better container location data to feed to their shipper customers.
04 May 2022
Chinese exporters could produce another trans-Pacific bullwhip when stalled shipments start moving again, with major stakeholders warning of a surge of delayed shipments.
04 May 2022
Maersk has most of its capacity locked in under annual or multi-year deals, which company executives believe will drive continued profitability even with falling spot rates and slowing demand.
04 May 2022
Beyond COVID, it’s time to start thinking about coming developments in ocean shipping, including the potential breakup — and reassembly — of the container carrier alliances, writes JOC analyst Lars Jensen. 
03 May 2022
In the first four months of 2022, fewer than half of ocean freight contracts signed across 13 major trade lanes have been annual in duration, as shippers try new procurement strategies to wade through constrained vessel capacity.
03 May 2022
The number of LNG-powered dual-fuel vessels ordered by major carriers has risen sharply in the past year, but so has opposition from environmental groups that say the newbuilds will lock in fossil fuel production for decades.
03 May 2022
The new fiscal year has gotten off to an uneven start for Indian exporters, who are contending with port omissions and schedule rerouting on major strings to Europe and the US.
02 May 2022
Given recent challenges with connections via Colombo in Sri Lanka, carriers are turning to new transshipment options on India’s west and east coasts.
29 Apr 2022
Hapag-Lloyd's move to equip its entire box fleet with sensors could herald a new era that unlocks new tools beyond mere visibility for carriers, even if tracking devices aren’t a cure-all for shipper supply chain woes.
29 Apr 2022
Mediterranean Shipping Co. has added Philadelphia to its weekly service from India amid strengthening freight rates to the US East Coast.
28 Apr 2022
On-time vessel reliability improved in March for vessels arriving at US ports from Asia, but a disparity in the gains showed how upcoming labor negotiations on the West Coast are affecting US ocean shipping dynamics.
28 Apr 2022
E2open’s organic and acquisition-driven growth has it eyeing opportunities to expand revenue opportunities from existing customers, but its share price has been dragged down by public market unease.
28 Apr 2022
The longer China’s COVID lockdowns persist and manufacturing is interrupted, the more pent-up demand will build and eventually be unleashed into the trans-Pacific.
28 Apr 2022
Singapore-based ONE reported its third consecutive year of profitability during which flat volume was massively offset by rising rates and 100 percent utilization on major trade lanes.
27 Apr 2022
Ocean freight rates in the short term will primarily be affected by the duration of mainland China’s COVID-19 lockdowns and the broader economic impact of the Russia-Ukraine war, Drewry says.
27 Apr 2022
Hapag-Lloyd has started a new Mediterranean service into the Port of Virginia that will also offer trans-continental intermodal service to the West Coast.
27 Apr 2022
The longer the Chinese lockdowns last the more intense the scramble by US importers to secure factory production and transport capacity, potentially mirroring the whiplash of order cancellations in early 2020 that were followed by unprecedented demand.
27 Apr 2022
While sustained demand is a factor for the strength on the India–US trade, sources say carriers are playing a “cherry-picking” policy while signing contracts with shippers or forwarders, prioritizing the ones they see as more lucrative partners.
26 Apr 2022
A new office near Washington, DC, is intended to help the CMA CGM–backed startup accelerator ZEBOX attract technology that can help its corporate partners in North America advance their digital logistics initiatives.
26 Apr 2022
Hapag-Lloyd is betting customers will eventually demand that all its containers be trackable by sensors, leading it to commit to equipping its fleet of 3 million dry boxes starting next year.
26 Apr 2022
Maersk has signaled that another exceptionally profitable year is on tap after the carrier dramatically upped its 2022 earnings forecast.
25 Apr 2022
Seven ocean carriers blocked empty container returns to New York-New Jersey marine terminals last week as import volumes swell due to West Coast freight diversions.
25 Apr 2022
The jury is still out on whether the steep fall in Asia-North Europe rate levels since Chinese New Year is purely seasonal or a reflection of slowing demand as inflation adds to mounting cost pressures.
22 Apr 2022
The ruling against Hapag-Lloyd could well be a bellwether for future actions against shipping lines relating to what shippers and drayage providers consider unfair assessment of demurrage and detention fees.
22 Apr 2022
Despite a modest increase of 2.7 percent in imports from Asia in the first quarter, continued congestion at major US gateways indicates port-related supply chains will struggle with even single-digit growth in imports this year.
20 Apr 2022
Charter carriers and extra-loader services are seeing container volumes in the trans-Pacific slow to start 2022 as spot rates plateau and Shanghai lockdowns take boxes off the water.