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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

06 Dec 2022
Sources say all major liners are facing challenges finding enough cargo to fill export space allocations for India and, as such, freight rates are already at near pre-pandemic levels.
22 Mar 2022
The Federal Maritime Commission is adding the availability of export capacity to its ongoing scrutiny of how ocean carriers are operating in the US.
22 Mar 2022
Already elevated fuel prices are increasing across freight transport modes in the wake of oil market volatility related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, shifting shippers' focus back to costs after two years in which speed of delivery has been paramount.
21 Mar 2022
Trans-Pacific carriers are wrapping up service contract talks with small and mid-size shippers at much higher rates than large retailers secured just months ago.
18 Mar 2022
The temporary suspension of P&O Ferries’ services has rocked a UK logistics industry already struggling to cope with a host of supply chain issues caused by Brexit, the pandemic, and ongoing manpower shortages.
18 Mar 2022
Democratic senators took the opportunity of a recent committee meeting to drill FMC Chairman Daniel Maffei on sky-high freight rates charged by ocean carriers amid declining service levels.
17 Mar 2022
The upward spiral in freight rates that has allowed carriers to earn record profits was caused by the same fundamentals that held rates and profits down before pandemic: supply and demand.
16 Mar 2022
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is launching the first container service into the US East Coast that will call three Baltic countries directly, as congestion woes on the trans-Atlantic mount.
16 Mar 2022
German startup Flowfox is working with Kuehne + Nagel to pilot its platform that automates import clearance and container re-use at European ports with an eye toward global expansion of the solution.
15 Mar 2022
US ports, labor unions, and US-flag interests are joining container lines in a bid to stop the Biden administration and Congress from stripping the limited antitrust immunity carriers enjoy.
15 Mar 2022
The Justice Department’s probe of the US supply chain comes amid increased pressure from the Biden administration to more closely monitor container line pricing activities in the wake of historic rate levels.
15 Mar 2022
The need to share data among supply chain participants has become a priority amid record volumes of US imports that have resulted in vessel backlogs, terminal congestion, and a stressed inland logistics sector.
15 Mar 2022
Maritime groups say they have addressed concerns that have slowed progress in creating an R&D fund meant to find global shipping’s green fuel of the future.
11 Mar 2022
Maersk is selling its stake in a publicly traded Russian ports operator whose market value has plunged in recent weeks owing to the war in Ukraine.
11 Mar 2022
OOCL’s Rail-Sea service to the US East Coast has been shifted away from a Russian transshipment port and instead is using a route through Poland amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.
11 Mar 2022
Geopolitical turmoil is pushing up bunker prices, significantly adding to carrier costs that will be passed on to shippers through fuel surcharges in long-term contracts.
11 Mar 2022
Yang Ming is extending waivers on fees related to import containers lingering at marine terminals because of congestion, which truckers claim is due to empty boxes.
10 Mar 2022
Maersk has signed strategic agreements with global green methanol producers as it accelerates progress towards revised greenhouse gas emissions targets.
10 Mar 2022
Hapag-Lloyd has acquired Africa specialist carrier as the German container line expands its footprint in a continent the carrier’s CEO believes holds long-term potential.
09 Mar 2022
In reporting a $4.6 billion profit in 2021, Zim Integrated Shipping Services warns shipping disruption could bleed into 2023 but it expects some spot rate normalization in the second of half of this year.
09 Mar 2022
The move by TS Lines to link with CULines on the Asia-Europe AEX service marks another step by intra-Asia-focused carriers to expand into east-west trades.
08 Mar 2022
Drayage provider NEXT Trucking is piloting a peel pile program in Southern California that links vessel stowage at origin with quick unloading of containers at warehouse destinations to narrow total transit times for shipments.
08 Mar 2022
US imports are expected to be at near-record levels this spring and summer, with consumer demand remaining strong and supply chain bottlenecks showing no signs of improvement, retailers said in their latest forecast.
08 Mar 2022
The first-ever China-Europe express ocean service connecting just two ports is a move by Hapag-Lloyd to reduce its exposure to heavily congested North European hubs.
08 Mar 2022
PIL’s deal for four 14,000-TEU vessels is the carrier’s latest move to rebuild its fleet and network after staving off near-bankruptcy a year ago.
07 Mar 2022
Vessel bunching at Asian and US ports and congestion in the interior US are severely restricting vessel capacity in the eastbound trans-Pacific, pushing service contract rates to record levels with no relief in sight this year.
07 Mar 2022
CMA CGM has followed the industry trend of reporting extreme profitability for 2021, dramatically paring down debt while making several billion-dollar acquisitions.
07 Mar 2022
Strong demand and port and inland logistics bottlenecks continue to tie up ships on the major trades, while carriers inject capacity to cover the disruption.
07 Mar 2022
Zim Integrated Shipping will offer the first US East Coast expedited vessel service as customers clamor for ways to avoid US West Coast congestion.
04 Mar 2022
Sea Lead Shipping joins other smaller, independent carriers stepping into the Asia-US East Coast trade lanes thanks to strong demand and high rates.
03 Mar 2022
The launch of a new Canadian Pacific service between Vancouver and Ashcroft Terminal serving Canadian Tire and agricultural exporters taps inland port potential.
03 Mar 2022
P&O Maritime Logistics is moving into the container market to provide additional capacity in lower-volume, higher-frequency routes.
03 Mar 2022
The fast-evolving sanctions against Russia have created growing uncertainty in shipping circles, with thousands of inbound containers that can’t be delivered likely to further clog Europe’s already-congested terminals.
02 Mar 2022
Upcoming labor contract negotiations between dockworkers and terminals on the US West Coast were on the minds of carrier executives at TPM22.
02 Mar 2022
As container lines pull back on inland point intermodal (IPI), US importers are rethinking their landside delivery plans and containerized freight is moving further inland before being deconsolidated.
01 Mar 2022
FMC Chairman Daniel Maffei told TPM22 that container alliances appear to be responding to market demand and not unfairly jacking up ocean freight rates.