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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

25 Sep 2020
Having exhausted the space allotments in their annual contracts, retailers and other importers are signing short-term contracts to secure capacity at Asian load ports. This is pushing short-term contract rates higher.
19 Dec 2019
The survey found that 63 percent of quotes provided by forwarders were not instant, with manually generated quotes taking an average of 122 hours from the time a request was made.
19 Dec 2019
Trans-Pacific carriers are on pace to blank a record number of sailings when factories in Asia close for the Lunar New Year beginning Jan. 25, 2020, as the downward trend in US imports from Asia is expected to continue through the first quarter of next year.
18 Dec 2019
Global shipping wants to accelerate the search for a zero carbon fuel that is essential if the industry is to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets.
18 Dec 2019
Cargo no-shows are down 75 percent on freight booked via the Maersk Spot guaranteed online booking platform, according to the container carrier.
K+N: Greener ocean services don’t always come at a premium
18 Dec 2019
On the east-west trades, some services with higher CO2 emissions come with the same cost and transit time as those services providing a more eco-friendly operation.
The Zeamarine Hamburg, formerly the Rickmers Hamburg, loading pipe modules.
17 Dec 2019
German tax and crisis management expert Sven Lundehn has been brought in to manage the Bremen-based carrier, as top executives leave and founder Jan Hendrik Többe makes an exit.
17 Dec 2019
Maersk has completed its first phase of integration and is now moving to accelerate the rollout of its end-to-end strategy.
16 Dec 2019
Despite retailers’ expectations that a front-loading of imports to avoid now-canceled tariffs that would have gone into effect Dec. 15 would drive up volumes last month, US imports from Asia fell for the second straight month.
16 Dec 2019
Two of the world’s top three container shipping companies are positive biofuel can be provided in sufficient quantities to help power the global fleet, but one carrier remains doubtful.
13 Dec 2019
Long Beach Container Terminal, which included the ILWU in the planning process for its fully-automated terminal right from the beginning, has avoided the labor pushback that can complicate the introduction of automation at marine terminals.
13 Dec 2019
A number of ocean carriers are adjusting their detention and demurrage fees in the next 30 days, causing shippers to pay more for these penalties being reviewed by the Federal Maritime Commission.
13 Dec 2019
The US and China have reached a partial trade deal that would cancel upcoming tariffs and reduce some, but not all, of those already in place, significantly ratcheting down tensions between the two superpowers that have rattled global markets for almost two years.
13 Dec 2019
A confluence of supply and demand factors has given the Asia–Med rate a strong boost ahead of Chinese New Year.
13 Dec 2019
Drewry's Head of Research Products Martin Dixon on fleet and rate projections for breakbulk and project cargo, uncertainty around tariffs, oil prices, and the shipping cost implications for cargo owners of the IMO 2020 low-sulfur fuel regulation.
Hapag-Lloyd tabs Blume for digital drayage help
12 Dec 2019
Hapag-Lloyd has turned to Blume Global, which supplies a range of industry brand names, to help digitally manage its North American door moves.
Maersk and NYSHEX are currently offering guaranteed ocean freight contracts, but the number of options available to shippers is expected expand in the months ahead.
12 Dec 2019
Singapore-based container line ONE is the seventh carrier to provide guaranteed digital contracts through NYSHEX, which seeks to resolve the systemic issue of shippers making multiple bookings and carrier overbooking.
APMT joint venture widens Cosco’s Med footprint
12 Dec 2019
Cosco has added a new container terminal to its expanding European portfolio in a JV with APM Terminals.
11 Dec 2019
Despite attempts to set its own decarbonization agenda, shipping could find itself included — very reluctantly — in Europe’s emissions trading system.
Alphaliner raises alarm over possible overcharging on low-sulfur fees
11 Dec 2019
Carriers have struggled to lift spot rates on the Asia-Europe trade, and the wide variations in low-sulfur surcharge levels have an analyst asking questions.
Gary Cohn, TPM20 Keynote Speaker
11 Dec 2019
Gary Cohn, former director of the National Economic Council under President Donald Trump and former president of Goldman Sachs, was named as the opening keynote speaker of the 20th TPM, the world’s largest container trade conference, organized by IHS Markit.
11 Dec 2019
Chicago-based startup Transship is teaming with TradeLens and other tech companies to create an automated shipping and forwarding platform for containerized perishables shipments.
10 Dec 2019
The bunkering hub of Rotterdam has reported a huge increase in low-sulfur fuel sales in November as carriers fill up ahead of the Jan. 1 implementation of the IMO 2020 mandate.
10 Dec 2019
Drewry's Martin Dixon discussed this year's research into use of smart devices within the maritime container equipment fl
09 Dec 2019
Democrat Carl W. Bentzel was sworn in Monday as the fifth member of the Federal Maritime Commission, giving the body a full complement of commissioners for the first time in two years.
09 Dec 2019
This month marks three years since Maersk unveiled its integrated container logistics strategy, but there is still some way to go before the carrier offers an effective end-to-end product.
06 Dec 2019
The world’s largest container line is headlong into a business transformation that’s highly visible, partly of its own doing and partly due to the increased scrutiny such a change by a market leader brings.
06 Dec 2019
Sponsored: Sandra Karlsson, head of DGF GoGreen Europe for DHL Global Forwarding, discusses the significance of IMO 2020, the regulation's actual impact, consumer expectations, and exciting decarbonization options available to shippers.
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.”
04 Dec 2019
The double-digit spot rate hike on Asia-US this past week was due largely to the implementation of low-sulfur fuel surcharges. Carriers can take heart, for now, from their ability to make December’s interim LSFO surcharges stick as they prepare for permanent surcharges after the Jan. 1 implementation of IMO 2020.
04 Dec 2019
Outsiders can find vessel chartering in the breakbulk sector exasperatingly opaque. In part one of a special report on the topic, JOC.com takes a peek behind the curtain at BBC Chartering, which boasts the largest fleet in the sector.
04 Dec 2019
The addition of Feedertech to the DP World portfolio of regional shortsea and feeder carriers enables the port operator to improve its control beyond the terminal.
04 Dec 2019
CMA CGM secures high-level French political support in its drive to deliver a more sustainable shipping product.
04 Dec 2019
JOC's annual Container Trade Europe conference, hosted by the Port of Antwerp on Oct. 20-22, 2020, will focused on the needs of container shippers. The targeted program is developed and led by the specialized journalist team of the JOC.
02 Dec 2019
Much of the attention in the run-up to IMO 2020 has been on the immediate impact of the mandate, but there are some longer-term considerations that warrant examination.
29 Nov 2019
Rates on Asia trades to the US and Europe rose strongly this week, an encouraging sign for carriers that are about to start applying low-sulfur fuel surcharges on spot cargo.