Maritime

The Journal of Commerce is the industry’s source for maritime news and analysis about ocean container shipping, logistics, supply chains, global shipping ports, shipping technology solutions and end-to-end connectivity. Coverage tracks the movement of containerized cargo — from origin to destination — handled by marine terminals in the US and abroad, depots, container ports, container lines, drayage, consignees and shippers, forwarders, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and off-dock warehousing providers, as well as pricing, capacity, volume and reliability on the trans-Pacific, Asia-Europe, North America-Caribbean, Central and South American and intra-Asia trades.

The latest Maritime News & Analysis

Reefers on Barges? You Bet, in California

Stephanie Nall, Cool Cargoes Editor |
Meat and produce exporters looking to bypass California’s 22-metric-ton weight limit on over-the-road shipments soon may be able to ship overweight containers to the Port of Oakland by barge.
Container linesCool Cargo News

Doubts Expressed on LNG As a Container Ship Fuel

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
The widespread use of liquid natural gas (LNG) to power the main engines of container ships is a long way off, believes Seaspan co-founder and CEO Gerry Wang. That is in contrast with a growing view that due to its environmental benefits and at least currently lower costs versus fuel oil it is poised to become the next bunker fuel of choice for the shipping industry.
Container lines

US Ports Take Market Share From West Coast Competitors

Grace M. Lavigne, Associate Web Editor |
In a down market, U.S. ports outpaced their Canadian and Mexican rivals during the first quarter, with solid growth at Los Angeles offsetting a drop at neighboring Long Beach and lifting the Southern California port complex further above its competition.
North American ports

MSC Moves to Bigger Antwerp Terminal to Handle Extra P3 Traffic

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent |
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is consolidating all its activities in Antwerp in a single terminal and quitting its current facility more than 15 years before its concession expires to handle an expected increase in traffic when it launches joint services with Maersk and CMA CGM in the P3 Network.
International ports

Course Change at Port of Virginia

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
John Reinhart wears nice suits, but not on Saturdays. That’s when the Virginia Port Authority’s CEO dons casual garb and roams the port’s container terminals.
North American ports

NY-NJ Port Task Force Nears Finish Line

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
An industry committee tackling congestion and other problems at the Port of New York and New Jersey is close to agreement on recommendations, but one potential solution — an appointment system for drayage drivers — faces stiff opposition from motor carriers.
North American portsDrayage

Hapag-Lloyd Pins Hopes to G6 Expansion, CSAV Takeover

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent |
Hapag-Lloyd today pinned its financial future to the expansion of the G6 Alliance into the key east-west liner trades and its takeover of Chile’s CSAV, as its first-quarter loss widened and revenue declined.
Container lines

Barcelona Gears Up for More Asia Cargo

Peter T. Leach, Editor-at-Large |
When a Spanish archer shot a flaming arrow into a cauldron to light the torch at the Olympic stadium in Barcelona, the spectacular feat did more than open the 1992 Olympic Games; it also signaled the transformation of this Mediterranean seaport into a maritime gateway and logistics platform for European trade.
International ports

PMA, ILWU Negotiations Begin on Positive Note

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Contract negotiators between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association began yesterday on an upbeat note.
Longshore laborNorth American ports

Container Volume Rises at India’s Major Ports

JOC Staff |
Container throughput at major ports in India climbed 3.71 percent year-over-year in April.
International ports

Seaspan Ready for Changing Carrier Priorities

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
In an interview with JOC’s Greg Knowler, Seaspan CEO and co-chairman Gerry Wang discusses changing container carrier priorities, mega-ships and why the shipowner welcomes downturns.
Container lines

Port Congestion Prompts Suspension of Manila Daytime Truck Ban

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Manila mayor Joseph Estrada on May 12 suspended the Philippine capital’s deeply unpopular daytime truck ban for the next eight days in a bid to clear containers choking the port before a World Economic Forum summit begins on May 21.
International ports

Huge Funding Increase Coming for US Ports

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government will likely be required to send back to the ports all proceeds from the Harbor Maintenance Tax under soon-to-be-enacted legislation, eventually resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars per year in federal money flowing back to seaports.
North American ports

Many Carriers Fail to Respond to Shipper CO2 Inquiries

JOC Staff |
If you are a shipper and ask container lines what they are doing about CO2 emissions, expect several to disappoint you. But some may pleasantly surprise you.
Container lines

PSA Signs Concession Contract for Nehru Fourth Terminal

JOC Team |
PSA International, through its wholly-owned subsidiary PSA Bharat Investments, signed a concession agreement with Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust for the construction of a fourth container terminal at India’s largest box gateway.
Marine terminals

No US West Coast Work Stoppages, Broad Coalition Urges PMA, ILWU

JOC Staff |
On the eve of U.S. West Coast longshore labor negotiations, a coalition of 67 organizations representing manufacturers, farmers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, transportation and logistics providers is urging negotiators to agree on a new waterfront contract without any work stoppages.
Longshore labor

Contingency Planning in High Gear as ILWU Talks Begin

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
As West Coast waterfront employers launch contract negotiations on May 12 with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, many beneficial cargo owners are planning to ship their freight through alternative gateways in the event of disruptions or a work stoppage.
Forwarding

House-Senate Deal Would Speed Up Projects to Deepen US Ports

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
WASHINGTON — Long-delayed legislation agreed to by House and Senate leaders yesterday will allow U.S. ports to take on deepening projects without congressional approval and obtain federal reimbursement later.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsNorth American ports

Ocean Carrier Rate Revision Roundup for May 9

JOC Staff |
Multiple carriers have planned general rate increases in various trade lanes in May and June, although any gains achieved could be fleeting as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
Forwarding

US Ports Take Lead in North America Growth

Marsha Salisbury, Research Editor |
What a difference a year makes. In 2012, Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, dominated other JOC Top 25 North American container ports, with double-digit growth in exports, imports and total trade. The story was much different in 2013.
North American portsForwarding

Zim Upgrades Cooperation With G6 Alliance on Asia-PNW Route

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent |
Zim yesterday announced the imminent launch of an enhanced service structure between Asia and the West Coast of North America after it agreed to expand its cooperation with the G6 Alliance.
Container lines

2014 Trans-Pac Negotiations: Lower Rates, More Port-to-Port Moves

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The results of the 2014-15 service contracting season in the eastbound Pacific are in, and from the perspective of ocean carriers, they’re not pretty.
Container lines

Shippers See Benefits in Mega-Ships

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
Some shippers welcome larger container ships and carrier alliances as a way to add capacity and restore carriers’ health, but they warn that ports will have to adjust to avoid bottlenecks and added costs.
ForwardingContainer lines

Panama Canal Expansion Work Set to Resume Following Strike

Grace M. Lavigne, Associate Web Editor |
Construction workers in Panama ended a two-week nationwide strike today, allowing the expansion of the Panama Canal to resume, Reuters reports.
International ports

Obstacles Cited in Study on US West Coast Feeder Potential

Peter Tirschwell |
Domestic U.S. waterborne transportation for containerized cargo has failed to find a substantial market, but that has not stopped the federal government from pressing ahead with studies exploring the quixotic idea. A just-released study says a service along the U.S. West Coast is potentially viable but faces multiple hurdles.
Container lines

Air to Sea Shift Expands Ocean Reefer Market by 10 Percent

Peter Tirschwell |
A trend in shipping from air to ocean that has cost the air cargo industry 2 percentage points of average annual growth since 2000 has now resulted in a meaningful expansion of the ocean reefer market, but only a miniscule increase in total container volumes.
ForwardingAir Cargo

MOL, Evergreen, Cosco to Launch Asia-West Africa Service

Grace M. Lavigne, Associate Web Editor |
MOL Liner, Evergreen Line and Cosco Container Lines plan to launch a direct weekly service from Asia to West Africa in June.
Container lines

JOC Top 25 North American Ports in 2013

Marsha Salisbury, Research Editor |
North American ports

JOC Top 25 North American Ports in 2013: Imports

Marsha Salisbury, Research Editor |
North American ports

JOC Top 25 North American Ports in 2013: Exports

Marsha Salisbury, Research Editor |
North American ports

US Retailers Expect Slowing Growth in Containerized Imports

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
With a cautious eye on the West Coast longshore contract negotiations that will begin on May 12, U.S. retailers expect containerized imports in May to increase 3.5 percent over May 2013, with year-over-year growth tapering through September.
Container linesForwarding

Shifting Capacity Puts Pressure on Asia-West Africa Trade

Grace M. Lavigne, Associate Web Editor |
Recent changes in the Asia-West Africa lane have resulted in increased capacity, putting further pressure on freight rates.
Container lines

Worsening Tardiness in Europe Ship Arrivals From Asia

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
Asia-to-Europe container shippers with tight supply chains are finding that ships are increasingly arriving late versus published schedules.
Container lines

US Containerized Footwear Imports Plunge

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
U.S. containerized footwear imports plunged 22.4 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2014, according to statistics compiled by PIERS, the data division of the JOC Group.
Container linesForwarding

FMC Judge Rejects Maher Terminals Lease Complaint

Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor |
Maher Terminals has failed to convince a Federal Maritime Commission administrative law judge that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey violated the Shipping Act by granting a more favorable lease to competitor APM Terminals.
Marine terminals

Matson Bullish on Hawaii Trade

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Continuing improvement in the Hawaiian economy should lead to modest growth in the Hawaii trade this year, according to a container carrier serving the islands.
Container lines

Danaos Optimistic on Impact of Carrier Mergers, Alliances

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent |
Danaos Corp. is optimistic on prospects for the ship charter market as ocean carriers look to mergers and acquisitions and alliances to manage their costs and gain economies of scale.
Container lines

Carriers Ready Surcharges in Case of US West Coast Disruptions

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Hapag-Lloyd at the weekend informed its customers that it will be prepared to levy what could be large congestion surcharges on shipments to and from the United States in the event that work stoppages occur during West Coast longshore contract negotiations this summer.
Container lines

Hapag-Lloyd Introduces Two New Feeder Services in Americas

Grace M. Lavigne, Associate Web Editor |
Hapag-Lloyd is offering two new feeder services to Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, effective this month.
Container lines

MSC Launches Direct India-USEC Service

Peter Tirschwell |
Mediterranean Shipping Co. said it will launch a direct service connecting India, the Middle East, the Red Sea and the United States.
Container lines