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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.

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News & Analysis

17 Sep 2019
Maersk has “seen an understanding from the vast majority of customers” that they’ll need to pay higher fuel surcharges due to the IMO low-sulfur mandate, which will cost the container shipping industry $10 billion to $15.7 billion more annually, according to various estimates
30 Aug 2019
This week’s double-digit surge in spot rates is more tariff-driven than anything else because there is little cargo rolling in Asia to generate a bidding war among BCOs for vessel space leaving Asia.
30 Aug 2019
Falling rates on the Asia-North Europe trade is expected to lead to another round of blank sailings as carriers try to match capacity with the weakening demand.
28 Aug 2019
Wide-ranging software development — from in-house teams to fostering startups — in Bangalore shows Maersk is putting resources toward its stated intent to become a global logistics integrator.
27 Aug 2019
A forwarder that has just launched a new index to document price changes on freight moving from Asia to Mexico says the peak season will be weak this year, as consumers shy away from spending due to the country’s ailing economy.
27 Aug 2019
JOC Senior Technology Editor Eric Johnson talks about what the introduction of three new carrier-developed digital entities — TradeLens, the Global Business Shipping Network, and the Digital Container Shipping Association — means to the liner shipping industry.
26 Aug 2019
The parent company of Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) said it had turned a profit in the first half of 2019, and that the strategy of keeping the two carriers as separate entities was “bearing fruit.”
23 Aug 2019
China announced its own round of new tariffs, prompting President Donald Trump late Friday to raise US tariffs on Chinese imports and instruct US companies to begin looking for alternatives to doing business with Beijing.
23 Aug 2019
Announcing what it said was a “socially responsible choice” to protect the Arctic and the planet, CMA CGM will not allow its ships to sail along the Northern Sea Route from Europe to Asia, and will protect the environment by prioritizing the use of LNG fuel.
23 Aug 2019
The Port of Virginia will shift more vessel calls to the Virginia International Gateway (VIG) terminal so shippers using rail can receive their cargo faster.
23 Aug 2019
WWO says it will fully cooperate with Australia’s ongoing ro-ro cartel investigation that had already ensnared Japanese firms NYK and “K” Line.
Trans-Pacific westbound spot rate plunge set to deepen
22 Aug 2019
Spot rates in the westbound Pacific took a sizable drop this month due to declining US exports to Asia, which are resulting in especially low vessel utilization rates. The normal strong rebound, which should begin in November, could be muted as a result.
21 Aug 2019
A 10-week peak-season-only service launched Aug. 5 by Cosco and OOCL amid weakening spot rates adds a new level of confusion in the eastbound trans-Pacific, which is only being heightened by single-voyage extra-loader services by other carriers.
21 Aug 2019
Zim’s broadening partnership with the 2M Alliance helped the Israeli carrier record a profit in the second quarter of 2019 and an increase in freight rates for the quarter over the same period in 2018.
21 Aug 2019
The strong quarter for Maersk will strengthen its resolve in making what amounts to an existential bet that the integrator path is the best response to the commodification of ocean shipping.
19 Aug 2019
Carriers could react to the continuing decline in spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific by canceling more sailings during Oct. 2-7 Golden Week and beyond.
19 Aug 2019
Monetization of TradeLens would give the largest global container line another revenue stream not tied to ocean shipping, furthering its effort to become an integrator.
19 Aug 2019
Carrier market share in the trans-Pacific is not expected to change much in the next few months, in part because carriers will manage capacity by blanking individual sailings and deploying extra-loader vessels to handle import surges.
16 Aug 2019
Declining eastbound trans-Pacific container spot rates this week indicate that predictions of a weak peak season could be accurate.
16 Aug 2019
As tough as compliance with the IMO 2020 low-sulfur regulations will be, the switch to a cleaner fossil-based fuel will not be enough to achieve the IMO’s long-term zero-emissions target.
15 Aug 2019
Container carriers have already begun voluntarily reducing their carbon footprints, but shippers need to be prepared for the disruptive — and expensive — changes that must take place for the wider industry to reach IMO-mandated emissions reduction targets.
15 Aug 2019
The initial growth in volume booked via Maersk Line’s new online tool gives carriers further impetus to provide similar products that offer guaranteed contract reliability.
15 Aug 2019
It was a modest second quarter result, but Maersk Line continues to improve its profitability by improving reliability and resisting any temptation to chase market share.
14 Aug 2019
It has been several years since Seoul-based container carrier HMM has managed to report a quarterly profit, and the second quarter of 2019 was no different.
14 Aug 2019
Evergreen Marine has plunged deeper into the mega-ship operating space, ordering another 11 ships in addition to the 11 that are already being built and delivered.
13 Aug 2019
Will stiff fines force greater compliance by shippers with hazardous cargo declaration, or is technology a better way to prevent devastating ship fires?
13 Aug 2019
Yang Ming improved its revenue and volume in the first half of the year, but the Taiwanese carrier raised concerns over growing capacity and weaker demand.
13 Aug 2019
Imports from China were down 2 percent in July and 4.4 percent below the same period seven-month period in 2018.
12 Aug 2019
An almost 20 percent plunge in US imports from Asia in July shows the devastating impact of the trade war with China; import declines could worsen this fall with new tariffs starting in weeks.
12 Aug 2019
Ro-ro volumes from Mexico handled by US East Coast ports are on the rise as shippers are turning increasingly to waterborne options at the expense of truck and rail.
09 Aug 2019
Premium freight rates charged on Matson’s expedited China service contributed to positive liner results in the second quarter that were offset by declines in its domestic services and higher terminal operating costs.
08 Aug 2019
Reversing course, Global Port Tracker is now projecting monthly year-over-year declines, or minimal increases, in US merchandise imports in the trans-Pacific during the peak season.
08 Aug 2019
Trans-Pacific container carriers have learned that by tactically withdrawing full weekly sailings, or in some cases maintaining the sailing but skipping certain Asia ports, they are able to maintain a floor on rates without severely disrupting the flow of cargo.
07 Aug 2019
It was another solid quarter for Hapag-Lloyd, allowing the German carrier to report growing profitability through the first half of the year despite rising geopolitical risks.
06 Aug 2019
Low rates on Asia-Europe are sucking the profitability out of the trade, despite an increase in overall volume.