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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 Oct 2020
US exporters are crying foul as at least one trans-Pacific carriers has begun turning down shipments of low-revenue agricultural exports in order to expedite the return of empty containers to Asian load ports to carry much higher-paying US imports of consumer merchandise.
More trans-Pacific blank sailings announced
26 Jun 2019
Ocean Alliance’s second round of blank sailings in July, following three blank sailings in June, indicate the US-China trade war threatens to turn the peak season into a disappointment.
25 Jun 2019
The shipping sector is lacking investments in effective carbon reducing technologies, threatening to miss IMO 2050 targets for decarbonization, according to a recent report from CDP.
25 Jun 2019
Asia to East Coast South America rates are on the rise, despite capacity rising by almost 8 percent this year.
25 Jun 2019
Trans-Pac carriers move aggressively to expand weekly service offerings from Southeast Asia in response to 25 percent Trump administration tariffs on imports from China. However, the ability of manufacturers to shift more production from China to Southeast Asia will be constrained by economic factors if the List 4 tariffs are implemented later this summer.
25 Jun 2019
Maersk is resuscitating the idea of assessing container no-show fees to forwarders and shippers and to itself if a box doesn’t load, though the difference this time might lie in the digital foundation around the fees.
24 Jun 2019
Summary: Carriers need low-sulfur fuel to be available in key bunkering ports around the world, but supply uncertainty remains.
21 Jun 2019
With imports from China softening and prospects for the peak season looking somewhat dismal, carriers have already announced three blank sailings, with chatter among carriers indicating additional voided sailings could occur in July and August.
20 Jun 2019
Sponsored: CargoSphere Managing Director Neil Barni on his company's approach to bringing digital innovation to the area of rate analysis.
20 Jun 2019
Asian manufacturing shifts and the rising cost of fuel are influencing all-water US East Coast services.
20 Jun 2019
Biofuel has been used in a second container shipping test, and the results have been positive for an industry facing an urgent need to decarbonize.
20 Jun 2019
The 90-day suspension from the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism means the container line will no longer enjoy “trusted trader” status, increasing the likelihood of import shipment delays.
19 Jun 2019
Effectively addressing the low-sulfur surcharge that will be imposed by the IMO from Jan. 1, 2020 requires including shippers in an industry-wide partnership.
19 Jun 2019
Price continues to confound the container shipping industry as it prepares for the IMO’s 2020 low-sulfur mandate.
17 Jun 2019
Eleven major banks representing 20 percent of the global shipping finance portfolio have signed off on a framework agreement aimed at aligning investors with the IMO’s 2050 mandate to cut CO2 emissions 50 percent from 2008 levels.
17 Jun 2019
Agriculture exporters urged to do due diligence on the increased costs involved in IMO low-sulfur fuel before they enter contract negotiations with carriers in the fall.
17 Jun 2019
Consolidation that has occurred in recent years is giving carriers newfound influence — if they are willing to assert it.
14 Jun 2019
Changing ship designs will fail to reach global emissions reductions targets without the widespread use of low-carbon fuels, the American Bureau of Shipping argues in its 2030 Outlook 2050 Vision report.
13 Jun 2019
A price has been put on the disruption to supply chains when the Rhine water levels fell to record lows in the last half of 2018.
12 Jun 2019
Weakness in intra-Asian container trade resulting from a decline in export orders will be reflected in slowing volume growth on the major trades.
11 Jun 2019
There are plenty of reasons to expect another wave of front-loading, which in the second half of 2018 kept spot rates to the West Coast above $2,000 per FEU for 16 straight weeks and rates to the East Coast above $3,000 for 17 weeks.
11 Jun 2019
The second half may be a tough one for carriers on the Asia-Europe trade as slowing economies and weakening demand coincide with higher operating costs.
Sealand launches new dedicated US-Caribbean loop
11 Jun 2019
The Maersk subsidiary line will begin a weekly service connecting Port Everglades to the Dominican Republic and Haiti in July, adding to the nearly 1 million TEU the port already handles from the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
10 Jun 2019
Steady is progress being made toward improving the accuracy and verifiability of supply chain carbon footprint data.
07 Jun 2019
The world’s largest container carrier is expecting continued growth in India despite a broad-based economic slowdown caused by declining consumer spending growth, geopolitical trade tensions, and financial volatility.
07 Jun 2019
The latest US sanctions on Venezuela, and political instability, are pushing up container shipping costs to the South American nation.
05 Jun 2019
Shippers, ocean carriers, and freight forwarders say cargo owners are already rushing shipments to get ahead of potential tariffs on $300 billion of US imports from China.
04 Jun 2019
Peak-season imports could be as much as 15 percent lower than last year's peak season, but BCOs should not expect spot rates to decline significantly because carriers will manage capacity through blank sailings.
04 Jun 2019
Hapag-Lloyd will place tracking devices on 100,000 reefer containers to increase visibility.
04 Jun 2019
CMA CGM is placing a bigger focus on breakbulk and project cargo shipments to and from India.
03 Jun 2019
With uncertainty surrounding US-Mexico relations, including threats of border shutdowns, tariffs and a Congressional showdown the US-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA-NAFTA 2), shippers are expressing more interest in all-water options to bypass any congestion on the border.
Carriers carving out a leading position in blockchain through TradeLens and securing a foothold in Internet of Things-based track-and-trace data through Traxens must be viewed chiefly as a competitive maneuver.
03 Jun 2019
After years of undercutting each other on rates to gain market share and the resulting waves of consolidation, large container carriers seem to have come to a realization that they will sink or swim together.
03 Jun 2019
China has supplied nearly two-thirds of containerized US household goods imports for several years, but increased tariffs are likely to curtail volumes.
31 May 2019
CP’s signing of Yang Ming to handle its Candian cargo — with some shipped on the vessels of its alliance partners via Halifax and Prince Rupert — comes a little more than a year after the railroad contracted the bulk of business from the Ocean Network Express (ONE).
31 May 2019
Exports of containerized scrap products from the US have declined every year since 2014, bad news for ports and shipping lines that depend upon recyclables as reliable backhaul commodities.
31 May 2019
The US-China trade war is keeping shippers on edge, and will likely cause further shifts in the JOC.com annual Top 100 US Importers and Exporters rankings in 2019.