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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

04 Mar 2021
A group of 24 senators wrote to the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in support of its investigation into accusations carriers have been denying export bookings, thereby injuring the US agricultural sector
04 Mar 2021
Industry analyst Lars Jensen says container carriers have finally figured out how to prevent the volatile pricing swings of past years through capacity management and right-sizing of vessels for various trade lanes.
04 Mar 2021
The race for multimodal visibility is heating up as project44, fresh off a $100 million funding round, acquires container visibility specialist Ocean Insights for an undisclosed amount.
03 Mar 2021
The Texas legislation being questioned by two Federal Maritime Commissioners stemmed from concerns among non-container port users that the growing volume of containerships calling Houston are disrupting the ability of other vessels to transit in an efficient manner.
03 Mar 2021
The explosion of online shopping through the COVID-19 pandemic is having an effect on demand patterns that will keep pressure on the supply chain through this year and beyond.
02 Mar 2021
Maersk’s Vincent Clerc says COVID-19 tested the industry’s limits on bringing spare capacity to shippers, but there is no need to add new ships just yet.
02 Mar 2021
The opening of a large vaccination site at the Port of Los Angeles is expected to contribute immediately to greater labor availability in the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex.
02 Mar 2021
Since demand will likely exceed capacity this year in the eastbound trans-Pacific, large importers are advised to lock in some cargo at competitive contract rates while ensuring capacity at higher rates for shipments that exceed their MQCs.
02 Mar 2021
The trans-Atlantic has largely managed to avoid the extreme rate increases of the other east-west routes, but that may be about to change.
01 Mar 2021
The way container shipping contracts are structured between shippers and carriers has left both parties with greater exposure to the highly disrupted market.
01 Mar 2021
US consumer spending drove unexpectedly strong demand for trans-Pacific container shipping in 2020, with experts at TPM21 saying the strength will likely last well into this year.
01 Mar 2021
There has been no slowdown in demand for Asian cargoes from European importers, and the strong volume is keeping rates at extremely elevated levels.
26 Feb 2021
India transshipment gains are noteworthy for a region sporting excess port capacity, but there is little relief for cargo owners getting bombarded with an unrelenting wave of carrier general rate increases
26 Feb 2021
Container freight rates from Asia to South America have come down from record highs but are unlikely to fall any further due to sustained demand that has crimped capacity and container supply.
25 Feb 2021
A significant drop in vessel schedule reliability in the eastbound trans-Pacific in January sends an ominous warning to ports about continued congestion in their international supply chains.
25 Feb 2021
With the deployment of LNG-powered ships in the trans-Pacific trade, CMA CGM is banking on North American shippers taking greater interest in the carbon output of their supply chains in the coming years.
25 Feb 2021
Long-term contract rates signed by shippers on key shipping corridors out of China continued to increase through February, driven by strong demand and high spot rates.
25 Feb 2021
The head of CMA CGM said given the historically low rates prior to the pandemic, container shipping had to increase overall price levels going forward, but dismal service levels also have to improve.
24 Feb 2021
Container carriers that deployed extra loaders and those that provided express services in the resurgent Asia-US trade saw the largest volume gains in 2020
23 Feb 2021
A Danish project to produce carbon-neutral ammonia fuel at scale has been backed by market leaders in the shipping and agriculture sectors.
22 Feb 2021
A global scarcity of containers could push cargo owners to invest in so-called shipper-owned containers, but the majority of forwarders surveyed by container selling and leasing platform Container xChange weren’t able to supply such a service.
22 Feb 2021
Entering annual trans-Pacific contract talks, carriers — in a position of negotiating strength after months of sustained demand growth — are signaling they will push for less free time and resist expanding volume commitments without significant rate increases.
19 Feb 2021
The Maersk Eindhoven on Friday was proceeding to an Asian port for repairs after losing 260 containers overboard in heavy seas.
19 Feb 2021
Trans-Pacific shippers are being hit with a double whammy of huge rate hikes and poor service as ports and inland supply chains struggle to handled a seemingly unending deluge of imports from Asia into North America.
19 Feb 2021
Soaring rate levels and deteriorating service from carriers has aroused regulator interest, but in a thoroughly disrupted market, Hapag-Lloyd sees this as a positive development.
19 Feb 2021
The head of Maersk’s venture capital arm, and his counterpart on the business side of the container line, are starting a new independent fund to invest in later stage supply chain and logistics startups.
18 Feb 2021
Just when the container shipping system needed more capacity to handle resurgent volumes, the reduced circulation of containers caused a contraction in available capacity, driving up rates and further compounding massive cargo delays.
18 Feb 2021
The “peak” shipping season in the eastbound trans-Pacific began last summer and continued right through January, with no significant drop in US imports from Asia in sight.
17 Feb 2021
The current freight rate debacle serves to create a significant competitive advantage for large retailers versus small retailers, and also create a competitive advantage for retailers of high-end products versus those with cheaper products.
17 Feb 2021
Evolving technology has allowed Maersk to fast track the deployment of its first methanol-fueled container vessel.
16 Feb 2021
Logistical challenges throughout the supply chain from the interior of the country to the seaports are a severe limitation on US exports, commodity shippers say, as total outbound US shipments fell 8.1 percent last year from 2019.
16 Feb 2021
The latest walkout action at Australia’s automated terminal in Melbourne furthers test the port system marked by berth congestion amid surging import demand
16 Feb 2021
Hapag-Lloyd says it expects to continue to reap hefty rewards from strong demand and high rates that led the carrier to a record 2020 operating result.
16 Feb 2021
A growing gap between inventory and sales in many US business sectors is projected to drive replenishment, expedited shipping, and high levels of imports for months to come.
15 Feb 2021
Europe’s pandemic-weakened economies are struggling to recover this quarter, and slowing demand is being reflected in freight rates that have been sliding since mid-January.
11 Feb 2021
Several top French shippers have committed to a wind-driven sailing service on the trans-Atlantic as part of efforts to further reduce their cargo’s carbon footprint.