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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

30 Oct 2020
The first of the third quarter results from the carriers have come in and they show an industry that is riding a wave of strong and sustained demand from the US and Europe.
17 Mar 2020
While Chinese manufacturing and trucking capacity is recovering as workers return from quarantine, the surge of containerized exports being produced threaten to overwhelm some North American ports and inland networks.
16 Mar 2020
BCOs, trucking groups, and transportation intermediaries urge the Federal Maritime Commission to adopt its proposed rule to provide shipping lines guidance as to when they should be able to charge detention and demurrage fees.
16 Mar 2020
Several European countries have closed borders and businesses to tackle the spreading coronavirus, raising doubts about the speed of any recovery in container volume.
13 Mar 2020
Double-digit week-over-week increase in West Coast spot rate Friday reflects a surge in US imports leaving Chinese ports, as well as the tightening of capacity due to blank sailings.
12 Mar 2020
Wracked by the US-China trade war and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), US imports from Asia and China in February hit three and four-year lows, respectively.
11 Mar 2020
The countrywide measures imposed in Italy to stop the spread of the coronavirus are having an effect on the movement of people and cargo, with rail emerging as the most secure option.
10 Mar 2020
JOC Senior Editor Greg Knowler talks about the impact the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has already had and will have on global supply chains.
10 Mar 2020
Maersk and MSC will upsize three more vessel calls to Los Angeles and Long Beach beginning in late March as bookings rise and empty containers continue to pile up in Southern California.
10 Mar 2020
Blank sailings by carriers, widespread surcharges, and a battle to find empty boxes are going to hit European shippers in the pocket.
10 Mar 2020
Big capacity cuts fueled by coronavirus-related disruptions have resulted in large rate hikes on India trade lanes.
10 Mar 2020
The nine container lines that form the Digital Container Shipping Association have released guidelines intended to give all carriers a "common language" and "tasked-based approach" to meeting an IMO resolution around vessel cybersecurity preparedness.
09 Mar 2020
If shipments of spring and summer merchandise that were disrupted by factory closures in China due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) merge with back-to-school shipments that normally begin to move in late April, cargo delays are highly probable.
09 Mar 2020
CMA CGM has joined the gray pool in Memphis, a win for those advocating for truckers to use any chassis for any container to eliminate chassis splits and other inefficiencies that cost shippers money.
09 Mar 2020
Container volume growth on trades connecting the United States with South America decelerated last year, reflecting slowing economic growth in the bellwether countries of Brazil and Argentina, according to JOC's 2019 top US–South America port and carrier rankings.
06 Mar 2020
Preliminary service contract negotiations between carriers and US retailers and other importers normally begin before TPM. But the event, set for March 1-4, was canceled a day before it was set to begin due to safety concerns tied to the coronavirus.
06 Mar 2020
CMA CGM extended its $535 million credit lines with Neptune Orient Line for another three years, giving it a little breathing room.
06 Mar 2020
Low-sulfur fuel prices that were already on a sharp dive are being pushed even lower by the impact of the coronavirus on the global economy, and it’s an open question whether normally bullish indicators have enough strength to slow the downward momentum.
06 Mar 2020
The global nature of the coronavirus outbreak is throwing containerized goods supply and demand out of whack, but a way through the fog for all parties could be to lean more heavily on predictive analytics software.
06 Mar 2020
Shippers and transportation providers are hoping the 2019 European Union–Mercosur free trade agreement will finally bring some much-needed stability to the northbound South America–Europe trade lane, but lawmakers in Europe are having a tough time ratifying the deal.
05 Mar 2020
Dynamic ocean freight pricing — often conflated with instant quoting — can create some unintended consequences that rebound on the intermediaries upon which shippers rely.
04 Mar 2020
The ripple effects of China’s production curbs in February to combat the spread of the coronavirus continue to be felt around the world.
03 Mar 2020
New offerings released this week by Evergreen and Kontainers underscore the recent shift in how cargo transport is sold online and what’s available to book.
02 Mar 2020
Terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach are canceling work shifts due to plunging cargo volumes, which is causing a backlog of empty containers in Southern California and could trigger chassis shortages if the condition is not resolved soon.
02 Mar 2020
The last of the pre-Chinese New Year shipments has arrived in the US and Europe, but with little shipped in February because of widespread factory shutdowns to curb the spread of the coronavirus, stock levels in March will start to run down.
02 Mar 2020
Logistics system integration provider Chain.io will help shippers and forwarders connect to carrier track-and-trace data via a standard established by the container line-led Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) in January.
28 Feb 2020
Spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific edged up slightly this week in the wake of blank sailings driven by the Lunar New Year and the coronavirus, although industry sources express optimism for growing cargo volumes in the second half of March.
28 Feb 2020
COSCO Shipping and OOCL again handled the largest share of US container imports from Asia in 2019, while CMA CGM and APL maintained the top spot in westbound US–Asia trade, despite declining overall volumes.
27 Feb 2020
Financial gains posted by carriers over the past couple of years could evaporate in 2020 unless lines contain their costs and standardize fuel pricing, according to an outlook released by AlixPartners.
27 Feb 2020
The addition of the new members in the Global Shipping Business Network will stoke competition in the race to develop platforms that link carriers, shippers, ports, terminals, customs authorities, and banks.
27 Feb 2020
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak will distort container flows and global equipment fleet balance for at least another 90 to 120 days, according to Gregory Tuthill, chief commercial officer at SeaCube Containers.
26 Feb 2020
The terms of a $5 billion credit line obtained by Maersk as it reinvents itself as a logistics integrator will become more favorable as the ocean carrier progresses towards its carbon-neutrality goal.
26 Feb 2020
Container shipping continues its struggle to match capacity with very low demand, pulling huge amounts of capacity out of service on the key east-west trades.
25 Feb 2020
The domino effect of factory closures and other related supply chain disruptions stemming from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will have major downstream ramifications for container shipping demand, equipment availability, and rates.
24 Feb 2020
Driven mostly by increases in bunker fuel charges due to the IMO 2020 global low-sulfur fuel requirement, carriers say they intend to achieve all-inclusive freight rates that are slightly higher than the rates in last year’s service contracts.
24 Feb 2020
The Chinese government says it will take “strong measures” to ensure supply chain fluidity for refrigerated (reefer) food products, but US exporters must wait for factories to reopen and ships to begin leaving China again.