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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 Sep 2022
Trans-Pacific carriers in recent months slashed capacity to the West Coast as Asian imports and freight rates plummeted this summer, but the trade will likely continue to have excess capacity in the coming months unless they blank more capacity than is currently planned.
Port of Los Angeles.
07 Sep 2018
Ocean carriers plan October blank sailings even as they introduce extra-loader vessels to handle an import surge in September.
A CMA CGM ship.
07 Sep 2018
As with other ocean carriers, rising bunker fuel prices weighed on CMA CGM’s second-quarter results. Even so, its CEO and chairman remained positive regarding 2018’s second half, citing the rise in freight rates and sustained volumes, in addition to the quality of its service offering.
Two container ships at sea.
06 Sep 2018
Its status may change in the future, but at least for now, instant pricing is a bit of a two-edged sword for ocean carriers.
Maersk Line.
06 Sep 2018
Electronic seals are considered tamper proof and, as such, the new process enhances supply chain security. In addition, as the process eliminates the need for physical, on-site inspection by customs officials, it can reduce shipper logistics costs.
A truck and containers at a port.
05 Sep 2018
It’s not clear whether the petition will survive or not when a final decision is made in December, but shippers' concerns appear to have struck a chord with the federal agency.
Port of Los Angeles.
05 Sep 2018
The move represents modest good news for US importers scrambling for slots, amid a peak season surge in volume.
Antwerp port.
05 Sep 2018
The capacity cutback is another data point that provides pause for thought regarding the argument that a second-half demand/capacity balance would support a recent upswing in container shipping rates.
Yangshan Port, China.
05 Sep 2018
The 20-mile, three-lane dual carriageway bridge is the only road link to the Yangshan terminals, part of the huge Shanghai port that handled 20.5 million TEU in the first half of 2018.
Port of Manzanillo.
04 Sep 2018
It's a 'bad news/good news' situation in Mexico. The bad: new government regulations will likely reduce trucking capacity and slow cargo. The good: despite a variety factors swirling around it, Mexico's cargo volume continues to rise at an impressive rate.
The Port of Oakland.
04 Sep 2018
If ocean carriers are to succeed in migrating shippers to an online quoting environment in this increasingly crowded environment, they will have to prioritize investment in such tools. But, more than that, they’ll have to move away from a trait that has defined container shipping for decades, if not generations.
03 Sep 2018
The hub port of Felixstowe continues to face carrier fallout from delays experienced since Hutchison Port upgraded its terminal operating system in June.
 A container ship at sea.
03 Sep 2018
Improving market fundamentals come at a time of mounting uncertainty, clouding the container shipping outlook and standing in the way of carrier profitability.
Port of Los Angeles.
31 Aug 2018
Ocean carriers continue to have the negotiations advantage in the trans-Pacific, and there was little in the latest weekly data to suggest a change in the peak-season uptrend.
Port of Philadelphia.
31 Aug 2018
The union said the Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association's latest offer was unacceptable because it did not address three main staffing issues.
Port of Itajai, Brazil.
31 Aug 2018
Decades of truck-oriented Brasilia administrations and a bias against rail created a vulnerable trade transport system. The spring truckers’ strike exposed it, and months later trade logistics has yet to recover.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
30 Aug 2018
The deal, if approved by a majority of the International Longshoremen's Association members, would ensure labor peace on both East and Gulf coasts until at least 2024.
Air cargo at Los Angeles International Airport, California.
30 Aug 2018
Air cargo freight rates between China and the United States have been rising since July, according to US-based logistics provider C.H. Robinson, and shipper concern about lack of space on the trans-Pacific trade is a factor in that rise.
A CMA CGM ship.
30 Aug 2018
The data were provided by the largest deepsea container ship operators, who collectively control more than 66 percent of the world’s cellular fleet.
A ZIM container ship.
29 Aug 2018
The reduction in capacity, less than anticipated, provides a slight amount of relief to shippers scrambling to find capacity this peak season.
Port of Oakland.
28 Aug 2018
Deviation from a schedule is information that ocean carriers possess but inexplicably have kept largely to themselves. That has to change, and when it does, both carriers and shippers will benefit.
Port of Los Angeles.
27 Aug 2018
The issue of public money for a private function was raised, but the port noted that Southern California ports have various subsidy programs in place for environmental reasons, such as to encourage carriers to plug into shoreside electrical power to reduce emissions at berth.
A container ship.
27 Aug 2018
For now, grade India’s liberalized cabotage program a modest success.
Port of Los Angeles.
24 Aug 2018
Uncertainty regarding the Trump administration's tariffs and when surging imports will slacken is keeping ocean carriers firmly in control of pricing in the eastbound trans-Pacific trade.
A Wallenius Wilhelmsen ship.
24 Aug 2018
Like much of global trade, pent-up demand and emerging market country development, among other economic fundamentals, bode well for the roll-on, roll-off sector’s growth prospects in the immediate years ahead, if the threat of tariffs subsides.
Blockchain primed to reduce shippers’ paper costs
23 Aug 2018
CargoX said the cost to produce and transfer a bill of lading using its Smart B/L was 85 percent less expensive than traditional means. But is a public blockchain such as CargoX’s suitable for the shipping industry?
Port of Los Angeles.
23 Aug 2018
Higher-than-usual fuel prices and tit-for-tat tariffs have exacerbated the chaos on the eastbound trans-Pacific this peak season, but the problem started earlier this year, and there is one causal factor as the source of the problem.
Maersk Line.
22 Aug 2018
If other carriers also offer one-off extra loaders in the coming month, the tight situation in the largest US trade lane could be relieved somewhat.
A CMA CGM container ship.
22 Aug 2018
Sailing withdrawal announcements on trades between Asia, North Europe, and the Mediterranean are beginning to flow in for the slow season, as ocean carriers implement actions to rebound from first-half losses. Left unresolved, however, is whether carriers will cut capacity like they did on the trans-Pacific during the US ocean peak season.
A ZIM container ship.
22 Aug 2018
Zim Integrated Shipping Services’ report is another stark data point concerning container shipping’s more-subdued outlook at mid-2018. Volume and revenue are rising, but there is concern about the firmness of rates, as well an inability to pass along/recover rising costs.
Odessa port, Ukraine.
21 Aug 2018
Asia-to-Southern Europe shippers now have quicker cargo transport options than the traditional Shanghai-to-St. Petersburg route, in Russia’s Novorossiysk port and Ukraine’s Chornomorsk and Odessa ports. In addition, as the latter ports expand and deploy economies of scale, their rates may drop below the traditional route as well.
Antwerp port.
21 Aug 2018
Along with trade tensions and the non-finalized new trade rules between the United States and the European Union, trade stakeholders are concerned about the condition of Turkey’s economy, a further deterioration of which would substantially hurt regional trade.
Maersk Eureka.
20 Aug 2018
Both freight intermediaries and ocean carriers are under pressure to avoid sitting on obsolete rate data, pressure that’s been placed on them by the rise of transparent freight pricing models.
Port of Male, Maldives.
20 Aug 2018
Maersk officials now believe that, with the majority of imports into Maldives coming from China and India — two of Maersk’s already established key markets — resumed operations there can better serve customers in the region.
Port of Los Angeles.
17 Aug 2018
Ocean carriers are enjoying rare pricing power, which is being propelled by three factors. But the impact of their decisions on customer relationships with beneficial cargo owners and truckers remains to be seen.
Rotterdam port.
17 Aug 2018
The Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center, which coordinates vessel traffic visiting terminals at the port of Hamburg, is launching collaborative projects to help determine if it is meaningful to continue bilateral information exchanges or to replace it with a central data hub to support improved terminal asset utilization and liner route and network planning.