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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

26 May 2022
With importers taking longer to pick up their containers from overflowing terminals at hub ports in North Europe, ship delays are increasing, particularly for the largest vessels serving the Asia–Europe trade.
A container ship at sea.
06 Mar 2018
A fire on board the Maersk Honam has left four crew missing in the Arabian Sea off Salalah.
Two container ships.
06 Mar 2018
In a few years, a few, independent mega-carriers could be competing outside of alliances, the chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority said.
Ocean Network Express (ONE) CEO Jeremy Nixon.
06 Mar 2018
While there was room for “a little more” consolidation, One Network Express CEO Jeremy Nixon told the TPM 2018 conference that from a product and network perspective, he expected to see stability continue over the next two years.
A Hapag-Lloyd container ship.
06 Mar 2018
Shippers may find that Hapag-Lloyd’s use of CargoSphere’s rate translation systems makes it faster and easier to see what their negotiated rates mean for the cost of sending cargo on different routes around the world.
The Port of Santos, Brazil.
06 Mar 2018
The São Paulo Harbor Authority’s six-month investigation concluded that the Log-In Pantanal’s captain, its first mate, and two other officers were at fault.
The Port of Shanghai.
05 Mar 2018
Singapore-based APL will launch a fast premium service between Shanghai and LA in June to lure shippers of air freight to ocean.
05 Mar 2018
Container shipping supply and demand appear to be moving closer toward balance, according to three economists addressing the 18th Annual TPM Conference in Long Beach.
05 Mar 2018
CMA CGM wants “to be more than a price tag” and to that end will roll out insurance, trade finance, and technology and digitization efforts to make the carrier more responsive to shipper needs.
A container ship at sea.
05 Mar 2018
Maersk Line said in a statement that the poor weather caused 70 to 73 containers to collapse or fall into the ocean at 8:15 p.m. on March 3.
The Port of Santos, Brazil.
02 Mar 2018
Shippers were hit especially hard Thursday by the RF strike on the border of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina, its Mercosur trade bloc neighbors. There, 200 trucks have been stuck at the border at Ponta Porã, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, since Wednesday morning.
02 Mar 2018
NRF-led coalition tells ILA and USMX cargo loss is imminent if they do not resume contract negotiations soon.
A container ship leaves the Port of Savannah at sunset.
02 Mar 2018
Beneficial cargo owners will have more options to import cargo from Asia with the Port of Savannah receiving two new services this year and the Port of Jacksonville receiving one.
Houston skyline from Port Houston.
01 Mar 2018
Logistec’s previous operations were centered in Canada and on the US East Coast.
The Port of Los Angeles.
01 Mar 2018
Beneficial cargo owners can look for only modest rate hikes in service contract negotiations beginning this month, due to a projected 8 to 9 percent increase in trans-Pacific capacity, while imports are projected to increase 5 to 6 percent, according to Alphaliner.
A container ship approaches a port.
01 Mar 2018
RCL said improving economic conditions in Europe and the United States as well as throughout Asia, along with growth in exports from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore to China, in particular, render brighter future prospects for the shipping industry, despite overcapacity.
A Hapag-Lloyd container ship.
28 Feb 2018
Hapag-Lloyd's 2017 results included seven months of United Arab Shipping Company's performance data; even so, the strong increase in volume and revenue did little to boost average freight rates.
APM Terminals Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia.
28 Feb 2018
Tim Smith has relinquished his position as the Beijing-based chairman of Maersk China and chief representative of Maersk Group in north Asia and will take up his new role with APM Terminals on 1 March.
A CMA CGM container ship.
28 Feb 2018
CMA said the plan provides door-to-door coverage for 30 days before loading and after discharge of goods on and from a CMA CGM vessel. However, the risk cover is restricted to single-shipper bills of lading.
28 Feb 2018
HMM says mega-ships will be ordered in the first half of 2018 but provided no info on the number of vessels or their sizes.
Port of Vancouver.
27 Feb 2018
The multiyear surge in imports has challenged Western Canadian networks that have grappled with heightened peak season activity and severe weather.
A container ship.
27 Feb 2018
The dispute, which has arisen annually during the past several years, comes as shippers, carriers, and ports prepare for the 2018 Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway shipping season, which runs from late March through the end of the year.
US agent examining counterfeit goods.
27 Feb 2018
Container throughput is growing, but with the increasing volume comes growth in the shipment of fake products.
27 Feb 2018
Analysts are trying to figure out HMM's growth plans, with the South Korean carrier widely expected to place its mega-ship order.
A container ship crosses the Atlantic Ocean.
26 Feb 2018
Shippers sending goods between Europe and the United States should track the goods carefully and be ready to cope with delays, after a year of decreasing carrier schedule reliability on the trans-Atlantic routes.
Port of Oakland.
26 Feb 2018
In the period ahead, the container shipping industry may look different, but know this: that will be due to technology, not consolidation. Consolidation, so far, has reduced the number of carriers but has not changed behaviors.
A harbor in Knhanh Hoa province, Vietnam.
23 Feb 2018
The new Asian markets that US recyclable exporters are finding to replace the banned China in-take are growing fast.
Refrigerated containers.
22 Feb 2018
Despite the nature of the reefer trade with its seasonal swings in commodities and trade lanes, reefer container rates in 2017 did not reflect any slack or off-peak dips.
Port of Long Beach.
22 Feb 2018
The 18th Annual TPM Conference marks the start of formal negotiations between many beneficial cargo owners and container lines on annual trans-Pacific service contracts. Price, as always, will drive those negotiations. However, as recent news demonstrates, price is not everything.
A CMA CGM container ship.
21 Feb 2018
This is the first, known announcement among the ocean carriers of any surcharges in the United States related to electronic logging devices.
Matson Navigation.
21 Feb 2018
Matson said its core businesses performed well during the fourth quarter, supported by strong demand for the carrier’s China service and higher lift volumes at the company’s SSAT.
Canadian Pacific Railway
21 Feb 2018
The expansion of business with Japan’s Ocean Network Express shipping alliance underscores Canadian Pacific Railway's intent to gain intermodal market share.
Hyundai Merchant Marine.
21 Feb 2018
After a year off, Hyundai Merchant Marine is about to get back into Asia-Europe, but not with the size ships that are traditionally deployed on the trade.
Shipping containers at a Brazil port.
20 Feb 2018
One of the service's main beneficiaries will be AP Moller Terminal Pecém, which will now host its first-ever direct call to Asia, slashing transit times by more than 15 days and possibly opening up a new route to the Middle East (via transhipment in Singapore) for Brazilian fruit exporters.
20 Feb 2018
Maersk gave an update on its transformation strategy at its capital markets day in Copenhagen.
19 Feb 2018
Rising demand from shippers looking for certainty and prepared to pay extra for it will see APL expanding its premium trans-Pacific services.