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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

02 Dec 2022
Ocean Alliance members are shifting post-Panamax ships away from the trans-Pacific and Asia–Europe trades to the trans-Atlantic amid buoyant demand and rates.
Port of Vancouver.
27 Feb 2018
The multiyear surge in imports has challenged Western Canadian networks that have grappled with heightened peak season activity and severe weather.
A container ship.
27 Feb 2018
The dispute, which has arisen annually during the past several years, comes as shippers, carriers, and ports prepare for the 2018 Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway shipping season, which runs from late March through the end of the year.
US agent examining counterfeit goods.
27 Feb 2018
Container throughput is growing, but with the increasing volume comes growth in the shipment of fake products.
27 Feb 2018
Analysts are trying to figure out HMM's growth plans, with the South Korean carrier widely expected to place its mega-ship order.
A container ship crosses the Atlantic Ocean.
26 Feb 2018
Shippers sending goods between Europe and the United States should track the goods carefully and be ready to cope with delays, after a year of decreasing carrier schedule reliability on the trans-Atlantic routes.
Port of Oakland.
26 Feb 2018
In the period ahead, the container shipping industry may look different, but know this: that will be due to technology, not consolidation. Consolidation, so far, has reduced the number of carriers but has not changed behaviors.
A harbor in Knhanh Hoa province, Vietnam.
23 Feb 2018
The new Asian markets that US recyclable exporters are finding to replace the banned China in-take are growing fast.
Refrigerated containers.
22 Feb 2018
Despite the nature of the reefer trade with its seasonal swings in commodities and trade lanes, reefer container rates in 2017 did not reflect any slack or off-peak dips.
Port of Long Beach.
22 Feb 2018
The 18th Annual TPM Conference marks the start of formal negotiations between many beneficial cargo owners and container lines on annual trans-Pacific service contracts. Price, as always, will drive those negotiations. However, as recent news demonstrates, price is not everything.
A CMA CGM container ship.
21 Feb 2018
This is the first, known announcement among the ocean carriers of any surcharges in the United States related to electronic logging devices.
Matson Navigation.
21 Feb 2018
Matson said its core businesses performed well during the fourth quarter, supported by strong demand for the carrier’s China service and higher lift volumes at the company’s SSAT.
Canadian Pacific Railway
21 Feb 2018
The expansion of business with Japan’s Ocean Network Express shipping alliance underscores Canadian Pacific Railway's intent to gain intermodal market share.
Hyundai Merchant Marine.
21 Feb 2018
After a year off, Hyundai Merchant Marine is about to get back into Asia-Europe, but not with the size ships that are traditionally deployed on the trade.
Shipping containers at a Brazil port.
20 Feb 2018
One of the service's main beneficiaries will be AP Moller Terminal Pecém, which will now host its first-ever direct call to Asia, slashing transit times by more than 15 days and possibly opening up a new route to the Middle East (via transhipment in Singapore) for Brazilian fruit exporters.
20 Feb 2018
Maersk gave an update on its transformation strategy at its capital markets day in Copenhagen.
19 Feb 2018
Rising demand from shippers looking for certainty and prepared to pay extra for it will see APL expanding its premium trans-Pacific services.
Port of Los Angeles.
16 Feb 2018
Carriers’ refusal to reduce capacity on the verge of service contracting season has the east-bound Pacific looking at only minimal rate increases of perhaps $100 per FEU to the West Coast, and possible rate reductions to the East Coast.
Waste in the UK.
16 Feb 2018
Exporters in the United Kingdom are struggling to find new markets for the huge volume of recycled waste that has been banned by China.
Pasha Hawaii.
15 Feb 2018
Pasha said US-flag domestic vessel capacity between the US mainland and Puerto Rico now is sufficient for the trade’s regular carriers.
A Cosco container ship.
15 Feb 2018
Based on carrier statistics compiled by PIERS, a JOC.com sister company, if the container volumes compiled last year by the China-based carriers were combined, Cosco and OOCL would have ranked fourth among all lines in the US trades in overall container volume and first in imports.
US Department of Defense.
14 Feb 2018
The US Department of Defense contract calls for Crowley to move various types of cargo from thousands of suppliers through 41 major depots around the continental United States, including Alaska, and Canada.
Central American ports such as Panama's Port of Colon are sending more containers to the United States.
14 Feb 2018
US imports from Central America surpassed 1 million TEU for the first time ever in 2017.
Hyundai Merchant Marine.
13 Feb 2018
It was a hefty loss for Hyundai Merchant Marine in 2017, despite the South Korean flagship posting a far better operating result.
13 Feb 2018
Gothenburg's long-running labor dispute is having a devastating effect on the port, slashing its volume and eroding its competitiveness.
Port of Los Angeles.
12 Feb 2018
Beneficial cargo owners are enjoying some of the lowest pre-Lunar New Year spot rates of the past six years, but they should not necessarily expect that this will give them extra leverage in service contract negotiations beginning next month.
09 Feb 2018
The rising price of bunker fuel, which jumped 25 percent in 2017, is eroding unit cost benefits and Maersk says that higher cost is being reflected in its new contracts.
Maersk vessel
09 Feb 2018
Maersk Line sailed to a half a billion profit in 2017, but earnings were dragged down by the cyber attack and rising unit costs.
Hyundai Merchant Marine.
08 Feb 2018
HMM has been South Korea’s flagship container carrier since the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping in February 2017.
Matson container ship
08 Feb 2018
Consumers in Puerto Rico actually benefit from lower freight rates in the efficient Jones Act services that are marked by dedicated vessels and terminals, versus foreign-flag services to other Caribbean islands, Matson CEO Matt Cox said.
The Asia-ECSA trae lane has been volatile.
07 Feb 2018
PIL has broken rank from the three large vessel sharing agreements that currently share the Asia to East Coast of South America trade lane and is introducing a new fortnightly container service.
The new AAL-HMM service will operate five ships.
06 Feb 2018
The new AAL-HMM joint-service will operate five ships — four 30,100-deadweight-ton vessels (dwt) from HMM and one 31,000-dwt vessel from AAL.
The 0.5 percent sulfur maximum is likely to affect the price of bunker fuel, used by container ships.
06 Feb 2018
A rule requiring a new, cleaner bunker fuel in 2020 will likely boost ocean carrier fuel costs — and analysts say that behooves shippers to determine whether their carrier transport cost includes fuel or whether it could be an add-on fuel charge.
A container ship at the Port of Santos, Brazil.
05 Feb 2018
Price-wise, the Asia to East Coast of South America is one of the most volatile trade lanes in global trade — which is why analysts argue shippers should not use the trade’s spot rate to predict May service contract rates.
05 Feb 2018
Schedule reliability of the carriers in 2017 was the second lowest ever recorded, but the on-time performance has been improving steadily since February last year.
Port of Los Angeles
02 Feb 2018
“Carriers face an increasing threat from digital attackers,” — competitors that have embraced technology, a Boston Consulting Group report released Friday argues.