Container Lines

Container Lines

At a time when the container shipping landscape is constantly evolving, and market dynamics present increasingly complex challenges for the shipping industry, the JOC provides up-to-the-minute news, analysis and business intelligence about the container lines that transport most of the world's trade including Maersk, COSCO, Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM, MSCONE, Yang Ming, Zim Integrated Shipping Services, and many others.

JOC’s comprehensive coverage ranges from the latest information about new shipping lines to major changes in company leadership, to in-depth analysis of the pricing and volume trends that directly impact shippers' bottom lines and supply chains. The consolidation of the container shipping sector has resulted in increasingly divergent strategies, with some firms focusing solely on ocean transport while others opt for a more "end-to-end" approach. The JOC’s comprehensive, in-depth coverage probes the consequences of these various strategies for shipping lines, shippers, and other stakeholders of container lines.

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News & Analysis

25 Jan 2022
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are considering an innovative but complex plan to reduce the number of empty containers that are contributing to terminal congestion by incentivizing shipping lines to increase the volume of containers they pick up during each call.
24 Jan 2022
Inflation, higher interest rates, and a gradual shift back to a more “normal” balance in consumer spending between goods and services will reduce import volumes in the second half of 2022, in turn relieving pressure on ports and inland supply chains.
21 Jan 2022
Container line members of the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) are not adopting the very standards they have set out to develop, speakers said during a JOC webcast last week.
20 Jan 2022
Matson’s fourth-quarter results surge amid growing demand for expedited ocean freight services from China to the US West Coast.
18 Jan 2022
While carriers are permitted to collaborate on freight rates under South Korea’s maritime shipping act, it must be done in discussion with shippers and details reported to the Oceans and Fisheries Ministry within 30 days.
14 Jan 2022
Plagued by vessel bunching, terminal congestion, and equipment shortages for much of last year, North America’s West Coast ports are cautioned that these conditions are likely to persist well into 2022 even if imports slow from the double-digit gains in 2021.
13 Jan 2022
Members of the Ocean Alliance outline plans to add new Asia services to the US West and East coasts as part of a series of 2022 network changes.
13 Jan 2022
Houston is seeing a surge in imports thanks to the upsizing of vessel services from Asia as other Gulf Coast ports look for a similar uplift.
12 Jan 2022
Maersk is going beyond its previous efforts to cut emissions, accelerating its decarbonization timeline and extending net-zero targets across its land, sea, and air business.
10 Jan 2022
With no sign of relief in the high rate-low value container shipping environment, shippers on the major trades will be hoping the newfound prosperity being enjoyed by carriers results in a vast improvement in service levels.
07 Jan 2022
Global 3PLs are facing competition from digitally oriented forwarders and vertically integrated container lines and terminal operators.
07 Jan 2022
After 18 months of chaotic supply chains, cargo owners are searching for stability as they look ahead into 2022.
05 Jan 2022
Mediterranean Shipping Co. has edged out Maersk as the world’s largest containership company by capacity, according to Alphaliner, amid fleet growth and higher trans-Pacific volumes.
05 Jan 2022
Carriers and their customers began their 2021-22 service contract negotiations several months earlier than usual, seeking stability and predictability is an eastbound trans-Pacific trade roiled by supply chain disruptions.
03 Jan 2022
The trans-Atlantic trade will report significant volume growth in 2021 as heavy US demand fills all available capacity and pushes rates to record levels.
30 Dec 2021
Wan Hai has come under scrutiny from the US Federal Maritime Commission for assessing detention charges on containers that shippers assert could not be returned to a container terminal.
29 Dec 2021
Evergreen Marine has ordered six new ship-to-shore cranes after it completed berth dredging for a major capacity upgrade at its Los Angeles terminal.
28 Dec 2021
The port of New York–New Jersey is looking at how it can deal with five years of expected cargo growth that has hit the port through 2021, while other Northeast ports are expanding capacity to deal with larger ships.
23 Dec 2021
Global vessel schedule reliability remained at a six-year low in November amid the ongoing chaotic market for trans-Pacific shipping.
23 Dec 2021
A sea change in ocean freight rate volatility has precipitated new efforts to drive usage of derivatives, with index providers suggesting there is previously unseen appetite from shippers and forwarders for hedging tools.
23 Dec 2021
Forwarders are raising red flags as a more integrated Maersk becomes better equipped to establish direct relationships with shippers.
22 Dec 2021
The Port of New York and New Jersey is seeing more vessels sit longer at anchor as December winds down owing to increasing number of large ship calls.
22 Dec 2021
Maersk will significantly expand its Asia Pacific contract logistics and e-commerce footprint in Asia Pacific with its latest multi-billion-dollar acquisition.
21 Dec 2021
Futures contracts based on container rates across several major trade lanes will start trading at the end of February on one of the world’s largest financial exchanges.
20 Dec 2021
Mediterranean Shipping Co. has made an offer for the largest port and logistics provider on the African continent as it looks to expand on a growing market.
20 Dec 2021
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is temporarily omitting New York-New Jersey from a Suez service to the US East Coast and instead making Savannah the first port of call, citing vessel congestion along the coast.
17 Dec 2021
Wan Hai Lines is looking to clear out a backlog of its vessels at anchor or drifting off the ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach after securing a new terminal deal with SSA Marine.
15 Dec 2021
There was a lack of substantial debate in the House before passing major ocean shipping reform legislation even after the ranking member of the maritime subcommittee warned that while he supported the bill, he had reservations.
14 Dec 2021
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is changing a trans-Pacific service calling on Portland to the East Coast, but the carrier is keeping a stake at the Oregon port via a new shuttle service
10 Dec 2021
One of the first cases brought under the Federal Maritime Commission’s interpretative rule on detention and demurrage has been settled, but the larger issue remains an open question since the deal means there was no ruling by FMC.
09 Dec 2021
The House voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, which if passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Joe Biden would herald the first rewriting of US shipping law since 1998.
08 Dec 2021
Retailers project continued strong imports into 2022, with no traditional post-holiday slack period, as sales remain strong and ports work overtime to reduce vessel backlogs.
03 Dec 2021
Liner carriers find themselves in the unusual position of having cash to both repay debt and invest in a range of ways, from new ships to technology to strategic acquisitions.
03 Dec 2021
The sky-high ocean freight rates into the US East Coast have beckoned an increasing number of ‘tramp’ ships trying to secure berth space for container discharge at the NY-NJ port.
02 Dec 2021
The latest talk about a share sale that would start the path toward privatization comes after HMM announced record third-quarter results on Nov. 10 with a near 10-fold increase in net profit to almost $2 billion.