Maritime News

Maritime News

Maritime News | Container Shipping News

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

24 Feb 2021
Container carriers that deployed extra loaders and those that provided express services in the resurgent Asia–US trade saw the largest volume gains in 2020.
24 Jul 2020
New technologies like machine learning and robotic process automation are helping forwarders manage a large volume of shipment data tied up in email inboxes that otherwise would be unusable.
24 Jul 2020
The real weaknesses COVID-19 exposed in supply chains have been a hollowing out of knowledge, experience, and relationships among companies and their logistics teams and a shift toward a procurement mindset focused on cutting costs.
24 Jul 2020
With global capacity unable to meet current demand, air cargo’s next challenge will be to find enough capacity to handle any massive rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine.
24 Jul 2020
Demand destruction, low oil prices, and a looming energy transition signal structural changes for the oil and gas market.
24 Jul 2020
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union's (ILWU) letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom compounds worries that have been mounting for over a year surrounding the issue of allowing West Coast terminals to install labor-saving cargo handling equipment.
23 Jul 2020
More door-to-door, less-than-truckload freight will add revenue and freight density to Forward Air’s airport-to-airport lanes and create new final-mile opportunities, the company’s CEO says.
23 Jul 2020
Mumbai-based forwarder Shipwaves has joined TradeLens, bolstering the Maersk/IBM-led shipping visibility and documentation platform’s moves in India.
23 Jul 2020
After wild swings in intermodal volume in the second quarter, CSX Transportation and Union Pacific Railroad are cautiously optimistic about peak season volumes, while realizing pandemic disruptions are lurking.
23 Jul 2020
The coronavirus impact on container demand cut Rotterdam throughput by more than half a million TEU in the first half of 2020, and the port is not expecting much improvement over the rest of the year.
23 Jul 2020
The recent cargo surge in Los Angeles-Long Beach has resulted in another bout with chassis shortages and dislocations, but truckers and terminal operators expect the problem to correct itself if volumes return to normal next month.
22 Jul 2020
Maersk will penalize shippers that make manual booking and documentation amendments starting Sept. 1; fees can be avoided if the changes are made on its website or through electronic platforms.
22 Jul 2020
Blue Yonder and DHL’s partnership to build a robotics integration product and broader venture capital investment in that category is a sign contract logistics providers need help managing an influx of in-warehouse technology.
22 Jul 2020
Building on a pilot paperless project launched in early June at selected locations, Indian Customs has made the transfer of export documentation via a single digital window mandatory across the country, effective this month.
22 Jul 2020
The carrier block exemption from Europe’s competition law expires in 2024, but there is a growing view among shipping line customers that an evaluation of the regulation should be held as soon as possible.
22 Jul 2020
Container shipping alliances can cancel on blank sailings as long as it’s done to adjust capacity to match lower volumes and they don’t cause an unreasonable reduction in transportation services or an unreasonable increase in costs.
22 Jul 2020
This episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Maryland Port Administration Executive Director William Doyle, and a panel discussion on what the future holds for intermodal drayage.
22 Jul 2020
Pacific Northwest ports in the US and Canada are focusing on terminal expansion projects to prepare for what they hope will be a return to growth after the COVID-19 crisis subsides.
21 Jul 2020
Roadrunner Freight is adding new LTL terminals on two coasts and in Chicago, tightening its network as it wins more e-commerce freight and expands in a recession.
21 Jul 2020
Forwarding software provider Logixboard fine-tuned its approach in 2020 to focus on analytics and visibility and less on quoting to enable mid-market logistics companies to improve online engagement with shippers.
21 Jul 2020
Kuehne + Nagel believes its loss-making first half performance was still a “good result” considering the challenges created by drastic global measures to combat COVID-19.
21 Jul 2020
Oil field services company Halliburton will focus on international clients rather than North American onshore oil and gas, signaling a further slowdown in US breakbulk steel imports.
21 Jul 2020
Mercado focuses on the aspects of global trade that happen before goods are handled by forwarders and transportation providers, which has helped it land two venture capital infusions in eight months.
21 Jul 2020
A Miami startup intends to create a software platform that levels the playing field for small truckload carriers by giving them a backbone system that also makes their interactions with brokers more consistent.
21 Jul 2020
Ryder, Blue Grace, and ARL Logistics have either started using or expanded existing relationships with truckload broker software provider Trucker Tool, signaling broader use of third-party tools as an edge in a fragmented market.
20 Jul 2020
A bipartisan congressional commission questioned a $700 million US loan to YRC Worldwide, but its ability to scuttle the loan is questionable.
20 Jul 2020
The Port of Charleston wants to diversify its cargo business into e-commerce, netting big-box retailer Walmart as the first major omnichannel retailer to occupy a port authority-owned warehousing complex less than an hour from Charleston.
20 Jul 2020
Expansion of Prince Rupert’s Fairview container terminal will position the port to accommodate short- to mid-term growth.
20 Jul 2020
Spot rates on the trades from Asia to Europe have leveled off recently, but continue to maintain levels far above a year ago.
17 Jul 2020
After carriers implemented three general rate increases between June 1 and July 1, spot rates on Friday in the eastbound trans-Pacific remained stable for the second consecutive week.
17 Jul 2020
The low-speed collision in the Welland Canal, which links Lake Ontario to Lake Erie, damaged both vessels, but did not cause any injuries or pollution.
17 Jul 2020
Despite an unexpected uptick in intermodal volume to close the second quarter, J.B. Hunt Transport Services says third-quarter consumer demand remains unpredictable due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
17 Jul 2020
A July 16 story on JOC.com, titled Zim’s new empty container site rankles NY-NJ truckers, incorrectly reported that Zim Integrated Shipping Services would require empty container returns at the Croxton yard beginning July 17.
17 Jul 2020
The floods, caused by heavy rains over the last six weeks, have also impacted container operations in southern China where reefer imports have already been disrupted by stringent checks on meat and other perishables due to COVID-19.
17 Jul 2020
E2open is changing its pricing structure for data, connectivity, and system usage as it adapts to a logistics software market more keen to all-in pricing.
16 Jul 2020
The continuing surge in COVID-19 cases acts as an anchor on the economic recovery and could turn a U-shaped recovery into a W-shaped one, IHS Markit’s chief economist warns.