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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

22 Jan 2021
Despite an acceleration in COVID-19 cases among longshoremen in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, waterfront employers say there are enough general dockworkers to handle near-record container volumes, although a shortage of trained equipment operators is a problem.
01 Sep 2020
Maersk’s reorganization is expected to lead to a raft of redundancies and possible office closures, with Danish newspaper Borsen reporting a loss of 3,400 jobs, or roughly 4 percent of its workforce.
31 Aug 2020
As e-commerce booms on both sides of the US-Canadian border, Purolator International expands northbound next-day air service between the countries.
31 Aug 2020
Projected growth in the offshore wind market inspired UHL to buy nine F900 Eco-lifter multipurpose/heavy lift ships from Zeamarine in late 2019 and early 2020.
31 Aug 2020
Logistics software providers Qwyk and SimpliShip have jointly landed their second forwarding network as customers, signaling how small and medium 3PLs need technology to keep pace with larger competitors.
31 Aug 2020
Plaquemines’ grand ambition for a container terminal comes as other Gulf Coast ports are vying to host larger vessels and offer easier access to the US Midwest.
31 Aug 2020
New service offerings announced recently by CMA CGM demonstrate that while alliances serve the carriers well in terms of cost efficiencies, the benefits may not extend much further.
28 Aug 2020
The US import surge that began in late June now looks like it will continue at least through October as consumers turn to e-commerce for purchases, including holiday season merchandise.
28 Aug 2020
A proposed Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration pilot project would let truck drivers stop the hours of service clock for up to three hours and then resume driving, giving them more control over their schedules, but a longer day.
28 Aug 2020
Both of Houston’s container terminals were shut for two days this week as a precaution as Hurricane Laura approached the Gulf Coast.
28 Aug 2020
UP will raise surcharges again out of Los Angeles on all shippers, as previous rate increases have been ineffective in slowing volumes that threaten to overwhelm the railroad’s network.
28 Aug 2020
Average air freight spot rates on the trans-Pacific and Asia-Europe trade lanes weakened this week, but forwarders and analysts are predicting that rising demand will drive rates back up in the fourth quarter.
28 Aug 2020
More US small parcel carriers are implementing peak season surcharges as retailers prepare for an atypical holiday season.
27 Aug 2020
Truckers and cargo owners are urging the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to incentivize ocean carriers to share more shipment information earlier to improve cargo velocity in Southern California.
27 Aug 2020
Shippers need quicker access to carrier, rate information as lanes, customers, and pricing shift under COVID-19, C.H. Robinson says.
27 Aug 2020
Shippers will have to plan their supply chains more carefully in Denver and Chicago because Union Pacific Railroad will no longer accept containers more than two days before their scheduled departure due to an onslaught of intermodal volume.
27 Aug 2020
Research into finding a zero-carbon fuel capable of powering international shipping has continued even as navigating the COVID-19 pandemic consumed much of the industry’s attention in 2020.
26 Aug 2020
Truckload freight volumes are still increasing overall, but not at the frenetic pace of July, supply chain visibility provider FourKites says. That's a sign supply chains are "rebalancing," though spot pricing remains elevated.
26 Aug 2020
Cosco’s sale of a large portion of its ownership stake in China International Marine Containers appears to be a state-mandated move to consolidate control around China Merchants Group, CIMC’s largest shareholder.
26 Aug 2020
The Los Angeles–Long Beach gateway’s market share increased in July as retailers focused just-in-time shipments through Southern California, a trend that is expected to continue through September.
26 Aug 2020
Spot rate developments are an indicator of what to expect from the long-term contract market, and current trends show the spot market on Asia–Europe continuing to increase, according to Xeneta.
26 Aug 2020
This episode of JOC Uncharted features a one-on-one conversation with Patrik Berglund, co-founder and CEO of ocean and air freight rate benchmarking and market analytics platform Xeneta.
26 Aug 2020
With carriers refocusing on Colombo or other regional hubs for predictable cost advantages in tighter market conditions, Indian cargo owners may have to wait longer to enjoy more competitive, direct shipping solutions.
25 Aug 2020
After selling its last remaining non-LTL subsidiaries, Roadrunner Transportation plans to shorten transit times on more lanes, improve service, and win over LTL shippers and drivers.
25 Aug 2020
Breakbulk shipper John Deere is signaling mild optimism for the balance of the year even as construction and agriculture machinery sales falter due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
25 Aug 2020
Only eight of the JOC Top 40 Container Carriers by US Imports managed to increase volumes in the first five months of the year, none of which belong to one of the three major vessel-sharing alliances.
25 Aug 2020
Union Pacific Railroad will institute a $500 surcharge on excess cargo for all shippers in Seattle to divert as many assets to Los Angeles as possible amid record-breaking cargo spikes in Southern California.
25 Aug 2020
The availability of IMO-compliant 0.5 percent sulfur fuel oil in Bangladesh’s main port will help lower costs for carriers, particularly the feeder operators that work vessels calling from major regional hubs.
24 Aug 2020
Mediterranean Shipping Co. announced a new weekly service from Asia to the US West Coast to meet import demand that has risen significantly in the past two months.
24 Aug 2020
Despite a COVID-19-driven construction slowdown and a complex permitting regime, the second wave of breakbulk cargo will soon begin delivery to the $40 billion LNG Canada project.
24 Aug 2020
The correlation between blank sailings and volume through the coronavirus-hit second quarter can be used to predict upcoming demand with reasonable accuracy, says Sea-Intelligence Maritime Analysis.
24 Aug 2020
In proactively and successfully influencing the direction of the market as container lines have done this year, leading to higher rates and stronger profit, the carriers will inevitably provoke a regulatory reaction.
24 Aug 2020
APL Logistics has added Haiphong to its OceanGuaranteed product as demand for premium services from Vietnam increases with the shift of some manufacturing from China.
21 Aug 2020
Port authorities in the US Southeast are closely monitoring terminal fluidity as volume picks up, and making adjustments to ensure cargo owners don’t see service degrade.
21 Aug 2020
Stable high-and-heavy cargo volumes reduced loss margins for Wallenius Wilhelmsen as the carrier slow steams and puts 15 ships in cold layup to cut costs.
21 Aug 2020
Leaders from the Maritime Employers Association and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) say they are confident they can agree to a new contract before the truce expires in March 2021.