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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

18 Sep 2020
Amidst confusion involving blank sailings, extra-loaders, and announcements this past week by government regulatory agencies in Beijing and Washington, spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific continued to climb higher.
17 Jan 2017
French line CMA CGM has followed through on its commitment to making Singapore its Asian hub with the opening of a regional operations centre in the city-state.
16 Jan 2017
Bond issuance comes ahead of its merger with United Arab Shipping Co.
16 Jan 2017
Asia-Europe container carriers are breathing a sigh of relief as traffic edged higher in 2016, despite another dull peak season, reversing the previous year’s slump.
16 Jan 2017
US ports will face unprecedented operational challenges when ocean carriers on April 1 restructure their vessel-sharing alliances.
16 Jan 2017
Overcapacity, a wider Panama Canal, Hanjin's failure, and sustained weak demand for containerized cargo are hurting non-operating ship owners as chartered vessels come flooding back.
14 Jan 2017
Creditors worried they won’t be properly compensated with the sale proceeds.
13 Jan 2017
Northwest Seaport Alliance receives guarantee it said it needed to withdraw its objection to sale of former Hanjin terminal in Seattle.
13 Jan 2017
Trans-Pacific spot rate increases again in run-up to the Chinese New Year.
13 Jan 2017
OOCL's partners in the Ocean Alliance are the most likely to buy the Hong Kong-based container line, analysts say, provided it is for sale.
13 Jan 2017
Spot rates on Asia-Europe are still well above last year's levels with tight space supporting prices.
12 Jan 2017
If additional carriers go bankrupt, the lines that remain will quickly consolidate their power, enabling them to dictate pricing.
12 Jan 2017
Steadily increasing bunker fuel prices will enable carriers on the intra-Asia trade to raise rates that are at unprofitable levels on some regional routes.
11 Jan 2017
Eimskip has averted a strike that was planned for next week.
11 Jan 2017
Takeover talk has long swirled around Hong Kong-listed OOIL, parent of OOCL, and new rumors are again seeing intense trading on the local bourse.
10 Jan 2017
Maersk Line has expanded its footprint in Iran by adding a second port of call.
10 Jan 2017
Eimskip is facing a strike on its container ships next week.
10 Jan 2017
Market uncertainty is seeing Asia-Europe shippers and carriers sitting on the fence rather than at the service contract negotiating table.
09 Jan 2017
2016 was one of the wildest years in container shipping history, and with the industry in such a dynamic state, 2017 will likely hold its own surprises.
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.