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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

12 Aug 2020
Carriers that have released interim results have reported a stronger first half, underscoring the effectiveness of aggressive capacity management on the main trades.
09 Jan 2017
The new alliances are likely to have only a limited effect on productivity and the number of services available to shippers at North Europe ports.
09 Jan 2017
Years of unprofitability lie ahead for carriers with excess capacity and low rates likely to drive further consolidation.
08 Jan 2017
As a smaller number of ship lines ply the trans-Pacific, shippers may opt for higher rates to avoid risk.
07 Jan 2017
Ports, terminals, carriers, and shippers are preparing for significant challenges that will come from this spring’s shuffling of vessel-sharing agreements.
06 Jan 2017
Port of Seattle wants MSC to post a bond guarantee before being allowed to purchase Terminal 46.
06 Jan 2017
A new industrial assembly site at Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte 2 port on the North Sea has shipped out its first monopiles.
06 Jan 2017
After a strong finish to the year, spot market rates on the Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trades declined slightly this week.
05 Jan 2017
The last time the WCI composite index exceeded $1,700 per 40-foot-equivalent unit was in March 2015.
05 Jan 2017
Although requirements were already mandatory at some ports in 2016, enforcement was limited.
05 Jan 2017
The idle container ship fleet further retreated from the all-time high reached in October.
05 Jan 2017
From consolidation and alliances to a new president and regulatory environment, 2017 will introduce new challenges and opportunities. In a roundtable discussion with JOC.com, three shippers discuss their biggest concerns in the year ahead.
05 Jan 2017
Hanjin's collapse and the widened Panama Canal has left ship charterers contemplating their worst year ever.
04 Jan 2017
The thinning of the Arctic ice cap has created a new route for carriers of project cargo and other shipments.
04 Jan 2017
The trans-Pacific is one of the world’s most competitive container trades, with at least six container lines over the last six years having entered the trade lane only to pull out later.
04 Jan 2017
With freight rates hovering around historic lows, liners have tried to find savings wherever possible.
03 Jan 2017
The global container ship fleet is expected to grow faster in 2017 than in 2016.
03 Jan 2017
What makes this shipment unusual is the route and the timing.
03 Jan 2017
The "HMM + K2 consortium" will initially facilitate vessel- and slot-sharing.
03 Jan 2017
The sharp increase in freight rates at the end of 2016 will be temporary, with overcapacity dragging prices back down after Chinese New Year, according to industry watchers.
01 Jan 2017
Fierce competition, weak freight rates, and infrastructure shortcomings at many ports across Asia are making life difficult for ocean liners in the world’s largest container trade.
30 Dec 2016
Trans-Pacific spot rates to the United States shot up this week.
30 Dec 2016
Spot rates on Asia-Europe have managed to hold on to gains as 2016 draws to a close, continuing a steady upward trend that began in March.
29 Dec 2016
Since Hanjin Shipping failed, the 2M has increased its share of imports from Asia to the United States.
29 Dec 2016
Industry analyst doubts Hyundai Merchant Marine’s goal of a 5 percent share of the global container market by 2021.
28 Dec 2016
Indian maritime authorities have backed down from their pledge to abolish all shipping surcharges following stiff resistance from container lines.
27 Dec 2016
Container exports from Asia will drop off sharply after Chinese New Year and carriers are blanking sailings in anticipation of the slowdown in demand.
27 Dec 2016
Hanjin Shipping’s US liabilities far exceed its US assets, the company told a New Jersey bankruptcy court Tuesday amid close scrutiny from a host of US creditors.
27 Dec 2016
The Asia-Europe spot rate rose this week.
27 Dec 2016
Trans-Pacific spot rates gave back some of their double-digit surge from last week.
26 Dec 2016
The Atlantic container trade is heading for another year of fine-tuning as major carriers focus on the pivotal Asia-Europe and trans-Pacific routes ahead of the spring launch of two new mega-alliances.
23 Dec 2016
Shippers have seen cargo delays and higher storage fees, thanks to six months of labor actions.
23 Dec 2016
Port gains new outlet for fast-growing exports of plastic resins.
22 Dec 2016
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners late Wednesday was expected to approve a lease with Terminal Investment Limited, the terminal operating subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Co., for the largest container terminal in the Port of Long Beach.
22 Dec 2016
Wilhelmsen and Wallenius on Thursday signed an agreement to merge the Norwegian and Swedish companies’ joint investments in Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, EUKOR Car Carriers, and American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier.
22 Dec 2016
The idle container ship fleet has shrunk slightly over the past two weeks, with the rising number of vessels sent to demolition yards and a pick-up in chartering of smaller vessels helping to trim unemployment.