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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

26 Jan 2021
National Shipping of America (NSA) made its inaugural call to Port Everglades last week after the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) designated the South Florida port as part of the country’s so-called Marine Highway system on Jan. 8.
23 Dec 2020
Unprecedented trans-Pacific volumes and steadily growing exports of petrochemicals, agricultural products, and resins have prompted members of THE Alliance to launch a new direct service between Asia and the US Gulf.
23 Dec 2020
Because asset owners can’t economically invest in excess capacity for volumes that may never materialize, the risk of supply chain disruption caused by external shocks, especially surprise surges in demand, likely will never go away.
23 Dec 2020
Hapag-Lloyd’s order for LNG-powered vessels comes as carriers and shippers are placing greater emphasis on decarbonization measures.
22 Dec 2020
In addition to higher contract rates, container lines can expect increased regulatory scrutiny in 2021, especially if the trajectory of carrier profitability and services widens further.
21 Dec 2020
US ports are preparing for a possible worsening of terminal and landside congestion issues that could arise as increasingly larger vessels call at the gateways.
18 Dec 2020
A weekly service will carry 53-foot domestic intermodal containers between Tampa and Brownsville, Texas, for cross-border shipments between the United States and Mexico.
18 Dec 2020
Less-than-containerload (LCL) operators are driving the bulk of technology development in their market owing to its niche nature and inherent complexity, but that may change as more volume gravitates to LCL.
18 Dec 2020
Brazilian forwarders are also facing the problem of rolled cargo that is adding up to a month to cargo transit times, even as importers delay placing orders amid the economic uncertainty created by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
17 Dec 2020
Global container carrier schedule reliability in November declined for the fourth consecutive month, reaching especially dismal lows in the eastbound trans-Pacific trades to all US coasts.
17 Dec 2020
The warning from two FMC commissioners comes as some carriers are refusing export bookings so they can ship empty containers back to Asia faster to be refilled with higher-paying exports to the United States.
15 Dec 2020
COVID-19 and the wave of imports reaching the US will keep pressure on transportation capacity and pricing, from ports to the last mile, shippers warned Tuesday.
15 Dec 2020
There will be no rapid resolution to the container equipment shortages disrupting global supply chains, with the benefits of an expanding box fleet offset by widespread port congestion.
15 Dec 2020
BlueX Trade and Catapult are partnering to pipe instant rates from BlueX’s container line customers to Catapult’s forwarder customers, a further sign that instant quoting is gaining traction as an alternative to traditional spot quoting.
14 Dec 2020
US imports from Asia in November were unusually strong, down only slightly from the peak months of October and August.
14 Dec 2020
An executive at a Hong Kong-based freight forwarder expected blank sailing schedules to be finalized in early January, although he said the number of blank sailings would depend on the return of empty boxes to China.
14 Dec 2020
An unsatisfactory conclusion emerges for supply chain stakeholders under severe strain: There is no quick short-term solution, it is highly unlikely we can avoid a repeat, and there is no one party to blame for the predicament apart from the pandemic itself.
14 Dec 2020
CMA CGM’s new mega-ships and additional container equipment are arriving at a time when they are urgently needed by shippers battling to find capacity out of Asia.
11 Dec 2020
The decision by Singamas shareholders offers hope that a bigger debt rehabilitation plan put forward by PIL will be accepted by the carrier’s other creditors and approved by Singapore’s high court at meetings early next year.
11 Dec 2020
Asia-Europe rates are now three times higher than last December and coincide with the start of what are sure to be tense contract negotiations between carriers and shippers.
11 Dec 2020
The real possibility that Asia imports will stay elevated through at least the first quarter, coupled with labor and trucking shortages, are creating a so-called perfect winter storm for more port congestion.
10 Dec 2020
GTA Forecasting has upgraded its long-term outlook for global container volume, but has downgraded its 2021 forecast for US-Asia trade.
10 Dec 2020
Non-vessel-operating common carriers have told JOC.com imports will likely remain strong beyond April and possibly through peak season 2021.
09 Dec 2020
Agriculture exporters’ complaints also strike deeper chords of US maritime policy that years ago walked away from subsidizing a US flag fleet intended to provide viable transportation for US exports.
09 Dec 2020
Record rates, poor service, and a worsening equipment imbalance is leading to an increasingly toxic container shipping environment.
08 Dec 2020
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Michael Khouri’s comments come after the agency on Nov. 20 announced it would launch a formal investigation into carriers’ role into congestion at the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and New York and New Jersey.
08 Dec 2020
Hapag-Lloyd reporting stronger-than-expected volumes in the fourth quarter comes after global volumes rose 4.6 percent year over year in October, according to Container Trade Statistics.
08 Dec 2020
The Digital Container Shipping Association’s latest effort is targeting a long sought-after goal in maritime and logistics — a paperless bill of lading — by making it standardized and interoperable.
07 Dec 2020
That DHL Global Forwarding is considering chartering ships for container customers shows the extent to which the extended peak season has soaked up container capacity out of Asia into Europe and North America.
07 Dec 2020
Bangladeshi shippers are struggling with higher freight rates on imports from China, but garment and raw material users have to bear the expense because of deadlines to ship finished goods to buyers.
04 Dec 2020
Carriers say a new law proposed by India’s Ministry of Shipping that pushes for greater transparency on ocean pricing amounts to “government interference.”
04 Dec 2020
The growing equipment imbalance and strong demand from European importers has led to drastic action from CMA CGM.
04 Dec 2020
Ports in the UK are being overwhelmed by high import demand that is not expected to slow until early 2021.
03 Dec 2020
The ONE Apus incident would mark the largest loss of containers at sea since the June 2013 sinking of the MOL Comfort off Yemen.
02 Dec 2020
Carriers are preparing to heap more charges on customers, despite their struggle to provide reliable service as sustained demand and chronic equipment shortages disrupt the supply chain.
02 Dec 2020
Escalating box rates and tight capacity in the container carrier market are pushing service providers to bring in ships from the multi-purpose sector.