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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

25 Nov 2020
CMA CGM on Dec. 4 will launch Seapriority Express from Yantian to Los Angeles with guaranteed equipment availability and priority loading in China, and chassis availability in Southern California.
08 Mar 2019
The Trump administration has designated Michael Khouri as Federal Maritime Commission chairman more than a year after the commissioner was tapped to lead the top maritime regulatory agency in an acting role.
08 Mar 2019
A new barge service in the Port of New York and New Jersey could be up and running by the year's end, with routes to Portland, Maine, and Wilmington, Delaware, under consideration.
07 Mar 2019
Contrary to what some BCOs believe, carrier pricing to account for higher low-sulfur fuel costs can be simple, transparent, and fair, Rolf Habben Jansen tells TPM19.
07 Mar 2019
Soren Skou tells TPM19 Maersk's latest foray into integrated logistics will be more successful thanks to its dominant market share and widespread digitization throughout the container shipping industry.
06 Mar 2019
With far fewer carriers operating much larger vessels, the maritime shipping landscape has changed dramatically since the first stages of containerization 60 years ago, and the industry may be on the cusp of the next phase in its evolution.
06 Mar 2019
Faced with risks both new and familiar in 2019, refrigerated cargo carriers are focusing on collaboration and technology to improve and expand service.
06 Mar 2019
Long-haul container carriers are looking to take advantage of a recent change in India cabotage rules intended to lure transshipment cargo away from foreign hub ports.
06 Mar 2019
In an era of minute-by-minute supply chain demand, ocean shippers say they need carriers to improve on-time performance, but carriers say it's not so simple.
06 Mar 2019
As Amazon-era demands for speed are multiplying, time is as important a consideration as cost for BCOs weighing merchant and carrier container haulage.
05 Mar 2019
Container carrier executives tell TPM 2019 poor forecasting is an industry-wide problem, but solving it could greatly reduce overbooking and "no-show" cargo, benefiting shippers and carriers alike.
05 Mar 2019
Last year's decline in US container exports, especially those bound for Asia, has continued into the early part of this year as the US-China trade war lingers and outbound rail costs rise.
04 Mar 2019
Carriers are showing greater capacity discipline on the trans-Pacific trade, but the added costs from IMO's looming low-sulfur fuel regulations are clouding an otherwise positive outlook.
04 Mar 2019
President Donald Trump will want to ensure voters in northern tier states don’t see heating oil and diesel prices skyrocket before the 2020 election as a result of the new IMO low-sulfur fuel rule, IHS Markit vice chairman Daniel Yergin tells the TPM 2019 Conference.
03 Mar 2019
CMA CGM believes it is on track to deliver on its ambitions of becoming a global logistics provider.
01 Mar 2019
Despite carrier efforts to reduce capacity via blank sailings, spot rates declined for the third consecutive week following annual factory closures in Asia during Lunar New Year festivities.
28 Feb 2019
With shippers already pushing back on low-sulfur fuel fees, tough annual contract talks lie ahead as carrier reliability on the trans-Pacific drops to new lows in January.
27 Feb 2019
Upcoming trans-Pacific service contract talks give BCOs an opportunity to reassess haulage options, but choosing between carrier and merchant models requires a delicate balance between cost and control.
27 Feb 2019
The risk of severe disruption in early 2020 should be on the minds of all beneficial cargo owners and forwarders leading up to the Jan. 1 imposition of the IMO's low-sulfur fuel rules.
27 Feb 2019
APL is taking its expedited EXX service from Shanghai to LA, guaranteeing rapid rail delivery to key inland hubs despite congestion at West Coast ports and on intermodal rail routes.
26 Feb 2019
Matson CEO Matt Cox says additional costs associated with the IMO's 2020 low-sulfur fuel rules are quickly becoming the defining factor in annual trans-Pacific contract negotiations.
26 Feb 2019
Two of the three top container lines say that the Department of Justice has closed its investigation into the container shipping industry and released them from their related obligations.
26 Feb 2019
Rising demand on its Asia-Europe express network is seeing UPS make some big investments in infrastructure and aircraft capacity to keep up.
25 Feb 2019
The first full year for a merged Hapag-Lloyd-UASC entity saw a better operating result, but strong volume gains in 2018 were held back by lower freight rates and higher fuel costs.
25 Feb 2019
NVOs' sweet spot in 2019 service contracts will be those BCOs who had booked space with carriers during the 2018 peak season, but turned to NVOs once those carriers failed to keep their commitments for space and price.
22 Feb 2019
To lease or not to lease? That is the question for ocean carriers looking to expand their refrigerated container fleet.
22 Feb 2019
Detention and demurrage cost shippers thousands every year, and although no one can completely eliminate these penalties, there are a few ways shippers can lower their financial risk.
21 Feb 2019
Early indications leading up to the TPM conference March 3 are that BCOs can expect a sizable increase in base service contract rates this year, with additional charges later in the year when carriers shift to low-sulfur fuel to comply with the IMO global mandate.
21 Feb 2019
The higher cost of low-sulfur fuel remains one of the greatest threats to carrier profitability over the next year.
20 Feb 2019
The $421 million acquisition of P&O Ferries builds on the Dubai-based terminal operator’s purchase of European shortsea and feeder specialist Unifeeder last August.
20 Feb 2019
The European Commission is reviewing submissions regarding a five-year extension of the exemption covering liner carrier consortia in advance of a 2020 expiration of the current extension.
20 Feb 2019
Unlike their larger counterparts, smaller BCOs won’t be able to create their own bunker adjustment factor (BAF) formula and will have to accept varying formulas from carriers, which will likely translate to higher per TEU fuel prices.
19 Feb 2019
With less than a year to go before the IMO's global requirement for the use of low-sulfur fuel, vessel operators still lack clarity into plans by refiners and suppliers to ensure sufficient fuel and infrastructure at major US gateways.
19 Feb 2019
The recently completed dredging project will allow India's busiest container port to handle vessels with a capacity of 12,500 TEU without tidal restrictions, and officials expect efficiency gains as well.
19 Feb 2019
Rapid consolidation of container carriers hasn't spurred large-scale rate increases, but it has resulted in increasingly divergent strategies, with some firms focusing solely on ocean transport while others opt for a more "end-to-end" approach.
19 Feb 2019
After initially struggling to attract liner customers due to high tariffs, the Adani Ennore Container Terminal (AECT) reported record volumes in each of the last three months, but that growth will be difficult to sustain with so much local competition.