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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

01 Jun 2020
A collapse in US exports of scrap paper and forest products due to tariffs, environmental restrictions, and slowing economies in receiving countries is expected to continue this year due to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.
15 Apr 2020
Carriers are in a precarious financial position, facing a cash flow crisis amid weak volume and huge capacity cuts, and no clarity on when demand will return.
15 Apr 2020
MSC has pledged to remain vigilant to online threats following a server outage at its Geneva headquarters that restricted the availability of digital tools and bookings for five days.
14 Apr 2020
US exporters are incurring fees and added logistics costs throughout their supply chains as carriers disrupt sailing schedules through numerous blank sailings.
14 Apr 2020
The strong growth in US resin exports of the last two years could falter in 2020 as overseas production gets cheaper due to the fall in oil prices and demand weakens amid the global recessionary pressures from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
13 Apr 2020
The world's second biggest container line was slowing resolving a four-day server outage at its Geneva headquarters, a disruption that has affected online processes but not the flow of its customers cargo.
13 Apr 2020
Blanked sailings announced by trans-Pacific carriers demonstrate the steep decline in consumer demand for summer and back-to-school merchandise, and raise a stark warning of a possible peak-season bust later this summer.
10 Apr 2020
Meditteranean Shipping Co. did not disclose in a LinkedIn post whether the outage was due to a cyber attack, but industry watchers were quick to speculate Friday morning that this was the case.
09 Apr 2020
Carriers are answering shipper calls to slow down the import of containers that are filled with consumer goods that cannot be sold with non-essential retailers shuttered amid the pandemic lockdown.
08 Apr 2020
The expansion of the “Suspension of Transit” program highlights the rising demand from European and North American cargo owners to avoid demurrage fees as COVID-19 saps the need for non-essential goods.
07 Apr 2020
Even as undeliverable goods begin piling up at US ports, concern is emerging that the recovery from the economic effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be much longer and slower than initially predicted.
07 Apr 2020
US imports from Asia plunged in March, and analysts are projecting double-digit percentage declines in total import volumes through at least August.
07 Apr 2020
Keeping goods moving through container terminals is crucial to avoid bottlenecks, even though much of the cargo is unwanted in locked-down regions.
06 Apr 2020
The impact of the coronavirus on container shipping finances continues to grow, and with collapsing demand come questions on whether all the debt-strapped global carriers can survive losses of up to $23 billion.
06 Apr 2020
Non-essential shipments face being left at the docks with goods unable to be sold at shuttered retail stores, with little space in terminals and warehouses to provide longer term storage for the incoming cargo.
03 Apr 2020
Maersk’s ability to gain greater control of shipments as they move through the supply chain is key to the largest container line transforming itself into a provider of integrated end-to-end logistics.
ONE targets global electronic bill of lading capability by mid-year
02 Apr 2020
Singapore-based carrier ONE plans to roll out globally an electronic bill of lading through its customer portal starting in the second quarter of 2020.
02 Apr 2020
As consumer demand in the US plummets due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), trans-Pacific carriers are suspending entire strings in addition to blanking additional sailings from Asia in the second quarter.
02 Apr 2020
The risk in the coming week is that more US retailers and manufacturers fail to pick up containers because warehouses are full or closed due to not being deemed essential service providers responding to coronavirus disease COVID-19.
02 Apr 2020
A wave of containers is about to hit ports in the US and Europe while retail stores are closed and consumers are shut inside their homes to avoid contracting and spreading the coronavirus.
01 Apr 2020
Former Lykes Bros. Steamship Line President Jim Amoss was a respected and influential advocate for the US-flag liner industry.
01 Apr 2020
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and its largest tenant, GCT Canada, agree that Vancouver risks a scenario in which marine terminals will be clogged within roughly 10 years, but they disagree on how to add capacity.
01 Apr 2020
Carriers are making huge cuts in capacity with little warning, reflecting the speed with which demand is falling amid deepening lockdowns across major markets.
31 Mar 2020
The container line offering reflects the new reality of Western importers increasingly canceling, reducing and delaying shipments as consumer consumption craters under stay-at-home safety precautions linked to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
30 Mar 2020
Carriers are battling to match their available capacity with demand that is drying up from major economies in Europe that are under lockdown.
27 Mar 2020
Just as US agricultural exports received a boost from the US-China phase one trade deal, the global economic impact of the coronavirus threatens to put the brakes on ag exports to Asia.
27 Mar 2020
Pressure is building as some shippers fail to pick up containers because warehouses are full or closed due to not being deemed essential service providers responding to COVID-19, or because retailers have requested delayed deliveries at distribution centers.
26 Mar 2020
Longshore unions continue to assign work through hiring halls on the East, Gulf and West coasts as the unions balance the need for safety measures that protect workers from COVID-19 with the demands of keeping ports open and efficient.
25 Mar 2020
Extensive cutbacks in air and sea capacity are making life difficult for cargo owners, but expedited less-than-container-load (LCL) services and space guarantees from liner carriers offer alternatives for shippers of time-sensitive products.
25 Mar 2020
Measures taken by China to limit the spread of the coronavirus, including shutting down factories and its economy for the better part of a month, will drag down container throughput this year.
25 Mar 2020
Reports of cancelled Asia to North America ocean bookings are a sharp reversal from just a few weeks ago, when shippers were looking to accelerate shipments through the supply chain to replenish inventories depleted due to the prolonged China shutdown.
24 Mar 2020
The European Commission had already indicated it was planning to extend the carrier antitrust block exemption, but the decision to renew the regulation without any changes will have taken carrier customers by surprise.
24 Mar 2020
Confirmation of PIL's debt woes follow weeks of speculation about the world's 10th- largest container line, which since mid-February has pulled out of the trans-Pacific trade, sold six 11,923-TEU container ships, and divested ts South Pacific subsidiary, Pacific Direct Line.
24 Mar 2020
TPM20 may have been canceled because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, but JOC.com is presenting some of the major sessions from the TPM20 program in a series of half-day webcasts available for anyone.
23 Mar 2020
Demand for container shipping depends on the return of consumer spending in North America and the European Union, but most businesses in those regions are shut and consumers are holed up inside their homes
23 Mar 2020
Growth in trade between the United States and Europe decelerated only slightly in 2019, even as antagonism over tariffs, taxes, and subsidies on both sides of the Atlantic deepened.