Maritime News

Maritime News

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 CMA CGM, MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Co.) and Maersk Line to smaller carriers such as Eimskip and Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers, 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

05 Dec 2019
Australian shippers are taking a wait-and-see approach to a review by the country’s competition watchdog on whether to continue the class exemption for container shipping companies from competition laws. The head of the government panel says those exemptions are becoming “harder to justify.”
06 May 2019
US President Donald Trump's decision to hike tariffs on a wide selection of Chinese-made goods took the US trade community by surprise.
06 May 2019
Container carriers are rejecting proposed mandatory vessel speed limits, saying the move set to be discussed at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting later this month would undermine climate change goals for shipping.
06 May 2019
The container carrier’s latest efforts to provide integrated, end-to-end logistics services is helping it to make inroads in the Indian cold chain market.
03 May 2019
Pressure is mounting on shipping lines to cut emissions via mandatory average speed limits on vessels, but data suggests carriers have been slow-steaming ships in the east-west trades for years.
02 May 2019
Already facing a low-sulfur fuel mandate in 2020, the shipping industry is just beginning to gauge how to decarbonize, with slower-steaming already being proposed.
01 May 2019
Container carrier schedule reliability in the eastbound trans-Pacific has bounced back from record lows in early 2019 but still lags global on-time performance by quite a bit.
01 May 2019
Post-consolidation, US container trade has been dominated by the largest ocean carriers and alliances, but smaller, independent lines continue to find a market in the trans-Pacific.
01 May 2019
A rapidly approaching deadline for the implementation of early greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures has given way to the belief that only operational steps can do the trick with low- or zero-carbon propulsion methods still several years away.
01 May 2019
BCOs concerned about variations among carrier low-sulfur fuel surcharges may be able to shift volumes to exploit volatility in bunker pricing.
30 Apr 2019
Australian banking and investment group Macquarie Infrastructure Partners already has stakes in New Jersey's Maher Terminals at Port Elizabeth and Penn Terminals.
30 Apr 2019
The car carrier’s new roll-on/roll-off vessels have capacity for 8,000 vehicles as well as lower fuel consumption and emission levels than their predecessors.
29 Apr 2019
Sponsored: NYSHEX VP Kim Cockrell on challenges BCOs faced this past peak season, and how shippers can minimize these issues through guaranteed space and equipment and fixed pricing.
29 Apr 2019
The ocean carrier says importers and exporters in several European countries will be able to save time using a new online customs clearance platform.
28 Apr 2019
Chinese state-owned Cosco Shipping is one of several Asian and European ocean carriers that are increasingly focused on providing customers with deeper logistics services that go beyond conventional ocean shipping strategies.
26 Apr 2019
Low water surcharges on the inland waterways from service providers work on a steeply increasing scale.
26 Apr 2019
The merged container operations of Japan's three largest ocean carriers got off to a dismal start as it launched operations in April 2018, which helped drag down revenue.
26 Apr 2019
The new boss of Hyundai Merchant Marine has been adjusting the carrier’s services as he tries to return the loss-making line to profitability.
25 Apr 2019
The French ocean carrier is offering instant rate quotes as part of a larger suite of electronic tools designed to simplify processes for shippers, as well as bring greater control of CMA CGM’s data in house.
25 Apr 2019
Container volume growth slowed in 2018 and early 2019, but analysts are predicting a reversal of that trend in the near term.
24 Apr 2019
Container carriers are caught in a classic “prisoner’s dilemma.” If they all install scrubbers, none of them reap the benefits of cheap, plentiful high-sulfur fuel that would come from widespread adoption of low-sulfur fuel.
24 Apr 2019
A new joint venture between Wallenius Lines and Swedish Orient Lines (SOL) has ordered LNG-fueled newbuildings intended to serve paper product and breakbulk shippers.
23 Apr 2019
The US Maritime Administration has awarded $6.79 million in federal marine highway grants to container-on-barge projects in Louisiana and Virginia and a waterborne service that will move farm products between Long Island and Connecticut.
23 Apr 2019
HMM’s new CEO is on a European tour that will focus on three key challenges: the future of its 2M Alliance relationship, winning customer trust, and gaining insight into the low-sulfur fuel mandate.
22 Apr 2019
Sponsored: CMA CGM America's Ludovic Renou on his 2018 JOC Annual Review & Outlook commentary, developments in the carrier's customer-centric strategy, and creating visibility into the complete life cycle of a booking.
22 Apr 2019
US containerized imports from Asia dropped 0.5 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2019, after rising 15.5 percent in the fourth quarter, according to the PIERS data, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS Markit
21 Apr 2019
Container vessel on-time performance could degrade even further as carriers remove ships from service to install equipment that “scrubs” harmful sulfur particles from ship exhaust in lieu of burning low-sulfur fuel.
19 Apr 2019
The World Trade Organization has downgraded its 2019 outlook for world trade growth to 2.6 percent from a 3 percent clip in 2018, and global manufacturing is weakening.
18 Apr 2019
Maersk’s commitment to a fully decarbonized fleet by 2050 is ensuring that decarbonization will immediately come onto the container shipping industry’s agenda.
16 Apr 2019
Four of the world’s largest shipping lines received clearance this week to begin developing data standards through a new association designed to help carriers to tap more quickly into outside digital innovation.
15 Apr 2019
Container carriers have reportedly wrapped up annual contract negotiations with some of the largest US importers and are now turning their full attention to NVOs and smaller BCOs.
15 Apr 2019
Carriers have kept supply and demand in relative balance, but with more capacity being delivered and volume declining, how long can it last?
12 Apr 2019
With draft restrictions already imposed in the waterway’s larger locks due to lack of rain, the Panama Canal Authority is working on plans for a third water reservoir that would help replenish the locks system during dry weather.
12 Apr 2019
Jorge Luis Quijano, administrator and chief executive of the Panama Canal Authority, said shipping lines don’t like the uncertainty of what could happen if International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) continue to oppose automation
Dustin Braden, shipper engagement manager, JOC
10 Apr 2019
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Eric Johnson, senior editor, technology, JOC,
09 Apr 2019
Eric Johnson, senior editor, technology, JOC,