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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

23 Oct 2020
US exporters are crying foul as at least one trans-Pacific carriers has begun turning down shipments of low-revenue agricultural exports in order to expedite the return of empty containers to Asian load ports to carry much higher-paying US imports of consumer merchandise.
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30 May 2019
Walmart remained atop the list of the largest US importers by volume last year and is nearing the 1 million-TEU mark, moving more than 7.3 times the volume of online retail giant Amazon, which came in at No. 12.
Carriers signal blank sailing restraint
29 May 2019
The Ocean Alliance’s announcement of three blank sailings in June puts carriers and BCOs on alert that additional cancellations are likely if shipments from China continue to drop in the coming months.
29 May 2019
The French shipping group will rationalize its container carrier brands, with APL serving the trans-Pacific, Asia-Indian Subcontinent, Asia-Oceania, and US-flag trades, ANL focusing on Oceania, and CNC on intra-Asia.
29 May 2019
Maersk Line predicts trade in and out of Mexico will rise 3-8 percent in 2019, with help from the auto and beer sectors if both flourish.
28 May 2019
Economists and shipping industry leaders warn the US-China trade war could be a potential tipping point for a global economy that was already cooling before President Donald Trump raised tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods.
The Tuesday announcement of the TradeLens expansion came a day after Maersk said it would join CMA CGM and MSC as a shareholder and customer of Traxens.
28 May 2019
Container carriers are accelerating their push into the digital space, with three of the five largest lines now contributing to a blockchain platform led by IBM and Maersk, as well as coalescing around a specific piece of track-and-trace hardware.
27 May 2019
Despite strong expected consumer demand, uncertainty over the outcome of the US-China trade talks could reduce growth in US electronics imports in 2019, after 5.2 percent growth in 2018.
24 May 2019
The world's largest shipping line saw operating income increase in the first quarter of 2019, despite volume falling 2.2 percent, a sign that it won't be pulled into market share skirmishes and will instead focus on profitability, its CEO said.
Traxens is one of a number of container or shipment level sensor makers, but it has the advantage of direct investment from two of the world's top shipping lines.
23 May 2019
The French container sensor company will have 100,000 boxes fitted with its devices by the end of 2020, thanks to large orders from its two shipping line investors.
22 May 2019
Group Mexico’s purchase of Florida East Coast Railway has opened up new opportunities for Florida ports to court all-water service from Mexico to bypass the congestion of Texas border crossings.
Trans-Pacific carriers begin blanking sailings
22 May 2019
The Ocean Alliance will skip two Asia-US West Coast sailings in June in an effort to maintain rates as the US-China trade war takes a toll on volume.
22 May 2019
The Port of Houston is using soon-to-be-signed legislation limiting vessel sizes on its ship channel as motivation to expedite a widening project that will enable 13,000-TEU ships to access the port in four to five years.
21 May 2019
Container carriers have been altering stowage plans for neo-Panamax ships to mitigate the current draft limits, according to the Panama Canal Authority.
21 May 2019
The Texas Legislature’s House of Representatives on Friday approved legislation that would prohibit ships of 9,500 TEU or greater from entering the channel without prior approval from the port pilots’ board.
20 May 2019
A proposal to impose mandatory speed limits on ocean vessels faces an uncertain future after being tabled at last week’s meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee.
20 May 2019
Port proponents worry newly threatened tariffs from the Trump administration on ship-to-shore cranes and containers will dampen investment and productivity, as the recent escalation of tariffs pushes up chassis production costs.
20 May 2019
Shallow Panama Canal draft limits have already pushed up spot rates from Asia to the East Coast, with the cost of moving an FEU up 14 percent year over year.
16 May 2019
In the latest step in the ocean carrier’s transformation into a “global integrator” of container logistics, Maersk Line has folded in the inland services formerly operated by APM Terminals.
16 May 2019
Digital Container Shipping Association officials say improving standards around cargo visibility is a top priority of the new carrier coalition.
15 May 2019
Container carriers skipped sailings on two loops and slowed service on another between Asia and the east coast of South America, but the resulting bump in spot rates was short lived.
15 May 2019
Before May 5, when President Donald Trump announced that tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports would rise from 10 percent to 25 percent, carriers were relatively sanguine about 2019 and for good reasons.
15 May 2019
Higher volumes for HMM and Yang Ming drove better operating results, but both are still struggling to attain profitability.
14 May 2019
It’s a nerve-wracking time for established forwarders. These new entrants are faster than them, and at the same time carriers are pushing more of them to go online with digital solutions.
14 May 2019
The European Commission’s competition regulator warned that shipper suggestions that carriers create a uniform bunker adjustment factor (BAF) surcharge would be viewed as a “hardcore violation” of antitrust rules.
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14 May 2019
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14 May 2019
Adding five new members may give the Digital Container Shipping Association the quorum needed to press forward with the development of standard data protocols.
13 May 2019
The conclusion of annual trans-Pacific service contracts this month showed that container lines for the most part got shippers to agree to reimburse them for expected higher fuel costs as of Jan. 1.
13 May 2019
There are savings to be made from slowing ships even further, although with vessels already slowing down there will be diminishing returns.
10 May 2019
Draft restrictions resulting from low water levels in the Panama Canal are driving up spot ocean freight rates between Asia and the US East Coast in the short term, but the long-term outlook is unclear due to further threatened tariffs on US imports from China.
10 May 2019
The Chinese state-run ocean carrier and fellow Asia-based lines are slowly revealing plans that tilt toward deeper logistics services beyond conventional ocean shipping, with a distinctive Asian focus.
09 May 2019
The Port of New York and New Jersey and other ports along the Gulf and East coasts are looking at how to reduce the cost and productivity loss that occurs when longshoremen hired for the weekend are unable to work due to vessel delays.
09 May 2019
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09 May 2019
While CMA CGM is the first carrier to implement the emergency bunker fuel surcharges this quarter, other carriers are likely to follow
09 May 2019
Most beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) and NVOs are agreeing to pay higher base rates this year in the hope that container carriers will be less inclined to hit them with premiums of as much as $1,000 per container, as occurred during the peak autumn months last year.
09 May 2019
The economic and trade forecasts for 2019 are mixed, but in volume terms the year is off to a good start, as evidenced by a strong first quarter for Hapag-Lloyd.