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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

27 Nov 2020
Shippers can expect sharp increases in annual contract prices as Asia-Europe spot rates spike ahead of a range of carrier increases and peak season surcharges.
12 Jan 2018
Spot rates are rising into a late Lunar New Year, with a host of carrier rate increases scheduled for early February.
11 Jan 2018
From air freight to ocean to trucking, e-commerce is exerting palpable influence on the various transport markets.
11 Jan 2018
Maersk initially set up the program for its own needs and used it to, for example, monitor the temperature of each box and change it if it was too low or high, and also to track the maintenance needs.
11 Jan 2018
In a recent interview, Soo Cheon Lee, co-founder and chief investment officer at investment bank SC Lowy, said SM Line would have to find partners on the trans-Pacific if it was to maintain its competitive edge.
11 Jan 2018
GTI is poised to receive the first call from a new intra-Asia service, jointly announced by Cosco Shipping Lines and Wan Hai Lines.
Container shipping capacity is something shippers pay close attention to as the supply-demand balance has a direct impact on freight rate levels.
10 Jan 2018
As capacity floods into service, some carriers have started to delay the delivery of new mega-ships.
09 Jan 2018
Excess capacity in the market is doing carriers no favors in contract talks with shippers, and even though demand is growing, it will not be strong enough to address the surplus in supply.
08 Jan 2018
On a percentage basis, 2017 was one of the strongest increases registered since the end of the Great Recession.
05 Jan 2018
Solid spot rates this week position carriers for possible rate hikes as the Lunar New Year approaches.
05 Jan 2018
In the "forwarder battle" between carriers and NVOs, performance in one area may be critical to winning shippers as clients.
02 Jan 2018
In a series of conversations, JOC executive editor Mark Szakonyi surveyed three shippers on how 2017 fared for their supply chains and what 2018 holds.
02 Jan 2018
Economic health is driving growth in cargo volumes.
02 Jan 2018
Carriers have little track record of self-policing in pursuit of overall industry gains. Can carriers change their operational stance?
01 Jan 2018
It would appear that managing infrastructure needs for bigger ships and environmental responsibility are at cross-purposes. But heading into 2018, North American ports have a plan.
29 Dec 2017
Spot rates in the major east-west trades ended 2017 on a high note.
29 Dec 2017
A key, new container shipping partnership will commence operations in 2018's first quarter, and it will affect the intra-Asia supply-demand equation.
29 Dec 2017
As experienced trade professionals know, how 2018 will play out is not something shippers have any influence over and the business of shipping containers in the Asia-Europe trade could take three directions.
29 Dec 2017
Key north-south parties expect the positive trade pattern to continue in the year ahead, but there are challenges that could dent that forecast.
27 Dec 2017
This is the second time in nine months congestion has affected operations at Shanghai ports.
26 Dec 2017
To cope with shifting demand, most newer car carrier ships are larger and more versatile, with design features that enable them to carry high and heavy project and breakbulk shipments, in addition to vehicles.
26 Dec 2017
The third direct service supplements the carrier's CIMEX 6 and CIMEX 8 service.
22 Dec 2017
Eastbound trans-Pacific spot rates are also down substantially from 2016, but there is a qualification. Those 2016 spot rates were boosted by the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy.
22 Dec 2017
There was no movement in Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean rates this week as the holiday season begins.
Korea’s SM Line aims to partner with HMM on trans-Pacific
19 Dec 2017
SM Line is hoping to partner with its larger Korean rival HMM as the carrier plans to launch a new trans-Pacific service.
18 Dec 2017
CMA CGM is the latest carrier to cash in on the cost-advantage feature of the the Adani Hazira Container Terminal.
18 Dec 2017
The impact of mega-ships and consolidation will see the alliances needing to revise their network offerings in 2018, creating new uncertainty for shippers already concerned at potentially large numbers of canceled sailings.
15 Dec 2017
Brazilian fruit and coffee exporters seem to be among those worst hit by the strike.
15 Dec 2017
The pre-Lunar New Year push so far this year has been erratic.
15 Dec 2017
Several port authorities told JOC’s Port Performance North America Conference on Wednesday that they take the threat very seriously.
15 Dec 2017
The intra-Asia trade continues to grow, attracting new services from carriers in the region.
15 Dec 2017
The rate increases announced by several carriers may not have lifted rates by much, but they at least have prevented a slide deep in the low season.
13 Dec 2017
Trans-Pacific rate volatility is likely to continue through 2018, as carriers add capacity and the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement loses another member.
12 Dec 2017
HMM said in December that Samsung SDS, LG Electronics, Hyundai Glovis, and several other companies have expressed interest in Asia-Europe rail.
11 Dec 2017
APL was No. 13 on the trans-Atlantic trade in the first three quarters.
11 Dec 2017
The Asia-Europe trade has seen greater volume and higher rates this year, but the backhaul trade has outperformed its larger headhaul counterpart.