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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

26 May 2022
With importers taking longer to pick up their containers from overflowing terminals at hub ports in North Europe, ship delays are increasing, particularly for the largest vessels serving the Asia–Europe trade.
09 Mar 2022
In reporting a $4.6 billion profit in 2021, Zim Integrated Shipping Services warns shipping disruption could bleed into 2023 but it expects some spot rate normalization in the second of half of this year.
09 Mar 2022
The move by TS Lines to link with CULines on the Asia-Europe AEX service marks another step by intra-Asia-focused carriers to expand into east-west trades.
08 Mar 2022
Drayage provider NEXT Trucking is piloting a peel pile program in Southern California that links vessel stowage at origin with quick unloading of containers at warehouse destinations to narrow total transit times for shipments.
08 Mar 2022
US imports are expected to be at near-record levels this spring and summer, with consumer demand remaining strong and supply chain bottlenecks showing no signs of improvement, retailers said in their latest forecast.
08 Mar 2022
The first-ever China-Europe express ocean service connecting just two ports is a move by Hapag-Lloyd to reduce its exposure to heavily congested North European hubs.
08 Mar 2022
PIL’s deal for four 14,000-TEU vessels is the carrier’s latest move to rebuild its fleet and network after staving off near-bankruptcy a year ago.
07 Mar 2022
Vessel bunching at Asian and US ports and congestion in the interior US are severely restricting vessel capacity in the eastbound trans-Pacific, pushing service contract rates to record levels with no relief in sight this year.
07 Mar 2022
CMA CGM has followed the industry trend of reporting extreme profitability for 2021, dramatically paring down debt while making several billion-dollar acquisitions.
07 Mar 2022
Strong demand and port and inland logistics bottlenecks continue to tie up ships on the major trades, while carriers inject capacity to cover the disruption.
07 Mar 2022
Zim Integrated Shipping will offer the first US East Coast expedited vessel service as customers clamor for ways to avoid US West Coast congestion.
04 Mar 2022
Sea Lead Shipping joins other smaller, independent carriers stepping into the Asia-US East Coast trade lanes thanks to strong demand and high rates.
03 Mar 2022
The launch of a new Canadian Pacific service between Vancouver and Ashcroft Terminal serving Canadian Tire and agricultural exporters taps inland port potential.
03 Mar 2022
P&O Maritime Logistics is moving into the container market to provide additional capacity in lower-volume, higher-frequency routes.
03 Mar 2022
The fast-evolving sanctions against Russia have created growing uncertainty in shipping circles, with thousands of inbound containers that can’t be delivered likely to further clog Europe’s already-congested terminals.
02 Mar 2022
Upcoming labor contract negotiations between dockworkers and terminals on the US West Coast were on the minds of carrier executives at TPM22.
02 Mar 2022
As container lines pull back on inland point intermodal (IPI), US importers are rethinking their landside delivery plans and containerized freight is moving further inland before being deconsolidated.
01 Mar 2022
FMC Chairman Daniel Maffei told TPM22 that container alliances appear to be responding to market demand and not unfairly jacking up ocean freight rates.
28 Feb 2022
Ocean carriers have dispatched larger ships to the North American West Coast to handle growing volumes, but that has only further reduced US berth productivity, attendees at TPM22 were told Monday.
28 Feb 2022
Dutch Customs is preventing terminals in the country from handling Russia-bound containers, while another carrier has suspended all bookings to Russia in the aftermath of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
28 Feb 2022
More carriers are launching intra-Asia services to take advantage of surging freight rates in the region.
25 Feb 2022
While the schedule integrity of ocean carriers in January improved slightly to the West Coast, performance declined slightly to the East Coast and hit an all-time low globally.
25 Feb 2022
 Ocean carriers have been bouncing ship calls between Savannah and Charleston due to the congestion affecting both ports, but the moves present a logistical challenge for exporters.
25 Feb 2022
Ocean schedule reliability shows no signs of improving as two key services out of India plan to skip major ports in Europe and the US amid ongoing global congestion.
24 Feb 2022
CMA CGM, the Port of Los Angeles, and US dairy exporters are touting the availability of more container capacity and improved schedule reliability.
23 Feb 2022
Reduced trans-Pacific connectivity has become particularly acute for shippers in South Korea and Japan who have seen carriers omit calls or drop sailings as they seek to maintain or restore schedule reliability on mainline services.
23 Feb 2022
Asian imports set a new record in January due to the pre-Lunar New Year rush when factories close for the holidays.
18 Feb 2022
Severe supply chain disruption in the world’s key markets has led to a joint effort among international competition authorities to investigate potential collusion.
18 Feb 2022
Industry sources in South India say average feeder fees to Colombo have doubled in recent weeks, with carriers blaming port slowdowns and rising fuel costs.
17 Feb 2022
Long delays at ports are severely disrupting Europe’s extensive feeder shipping system that is a critical part of the regional hub-and-spoke network.
16 Feb 2022
Two years after the pandemic reached US shores, logistics managers at US companies that import from Asia are in the toughest service contract negotiations of their careers, according to conversations with more than a dozen importers.
16 Feb 2022
Securing control of capacity and equipment has become a trend among shippers trying to improve reliability across congested supply chains.
16 Feb 2022
The Pilot Freight acquisition gives Maersk not just last-mile delivery capabilities, but the “middle-mile” backbone needed to speed freight to the final mile.
15 Feb 2022
Alliance partners Mediterranean Shipping Co and Maersk line will end their slot-chartering arrangement with SM Line on their Asia-Pacific Northwest service as the 2M lines have sufficient cargo of their own to fill the slots.
15 Feb 2022
THE Alliance will split a “pendulum” service that swings from Asia to Europe and the US West Coast, with Hapag-Lloyd saying it could respond to demand more easily by adding vessels to two new services rather than through one existing service.
14 Feb 2022
Carrier results season is well underway with HMM following the trend of extreme profitability that is being seen across the container shipping sector.