Container Shipping News

The latest container shipping news and analysis of ocean container shipping, logistics, supply chains, technology solutions and end-to-end connectivity. Coverage includes the movement of containerized cargo handled by marine terminals and container ports, depots, container lines, drayage, consignees, importers and shippers, forwarders, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and off-dock warehousing providers. The Journal of Commerce's container shipping news includes news from the trans-Pacific, Asia-Europe, North America-Caribbean, Central and South America trades, and intra-Asia trades.

The latest Container Shipping News & Analysis

New Saudi feeder line to tap into Red Sea-driven changes in demand

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Folk Maritime’s stated goal is to “fill an essential void” in the regional maritime market, with its launch coinciding with heavily disrupted container shipping flows.
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Combined MSC service stretches from Baltics to South America’s West Coast

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The Port of Jacksonville said the first ship on the newly combined trans-Atlantic and north-south service from Mediterranean Shipping Co. called the port this month.
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Managing transshipment hubs key to success of Gemini alliance: Drewry

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
The hub-and-spoke model designed by Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd will depend heavily on the reliability of shuttle and transshipment operations to and from mainline terminals, according to the maritime consultancy.
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Volume uncertainty shrouds carriers' March pricing plans on Indian trades

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Forwarders believe carriers are now a bit uncertain about their ability to secure enough cargo from shippers for spot bookings given that some exporters are known to have put their orders on hold because of high ocean rates and other challenges.
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Employers ink deal with Montreal port checkers while primary talks languish

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Both sides say cargo is leaving Montreal due to the inability to reach a new contract deal with the port’s main longshore union.
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Red Sea surcharges being ‘maximized’ by carriers: shipper group

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The additional operating costs of diverting ships around southern Africa does not justify the scale of the surcharges being levied by ocean carriers, according to the European Shippers’ Council.
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FMC’s new rules to prevent truckers from being hit with D&D bills

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Under final guidelines for detention and demurrage billing, only the shipper or consignee can be on the hook for such charges and bills must be sent within 30 days.
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Asia gateways scramble as Gemini alliance plans big shift to feeder port network

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
The move has already prompted Busan, one of the ports most affected by the downgrade, to urge Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd to rethink their Gemini vessel schedules and restore some calls at the South Korean gateway.
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GSBN draws new ports to its shared digital infrastructure concept

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Large terminal operators and container lines have backed an effort to build a common digital platform, which this week lured three global port operators into its network.
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Sharp drop in CMA CGM’s 2023 results were ‘expected’: Saadé

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
The carrier presented a mixed outlook for 2024, expecting sluggish economic growth, rising geopolitical uncertainties and excess capacity to be accompanied by inventory replenishment and consumer spending on goods.
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Shipping executive who led trans-Pac rate-setting conferences dead at 81

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Al Pierce was a shipping veteran who headed up ocean carrier rate-setting conferences and later the so-called “discussion agreements” in the trans-Pacific trade beginning in the late 1980s.
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Asian shipowners to see €500 million ETS charge this year: analysis

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The ETS will affect 4,000 Asian-flagged vessels, which equates to one-third of the total 12,500 cargo and passenger ships that are subject to the European Union carbon tax.
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Flexport resurrects Convoy truckload tech as tool for drivers, brokers

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Increased driver adoption of apps in the truckload industry was driven in part by now-shuttered broker Convoy, whose technology was relaunched Thursday by forwarder Flexport.
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India-Europe trade hit hard by longer transits amid Red Sea diversions

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Carriers are dealing with a significant backlog of cargo that has built up because of longer transit times, cutting down available space for exports and raising rate levels.
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No bump yet in trans-Pacific demand from Red Sea, Panama Canal: Matson

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Matson said its trans-Pacific volume outlook for 2024 is roughly flat with last year owing to modest growth in its Jones Act business and little impact yet from other supply chain crises.
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White House counters risk of Chinese port cranes with $20 billion for US sourcing

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
Along with new funding for the domestic manufacturing of container cranes, the Biden Administration has given the US Coast Guard more power to monitor cyberattacks on port and maritime infrastructure.
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January cargo spike could suggest import recovery in eastbound trans-Pacific

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The fourth consecutive month of year-over-year growth in US imports from Asia might be a sign the world’s busiest trade lane has turned the corner after a lackluster 2023 in which imports declined about 13%.
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Supreme Court declines to hear SC Ports’ appeal of Leatherman ruling

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The decision to not hear the appeal leaves intact a ruling that allows the International Longshoremen’s Association to sue ocean carriers that use the Leatherman terminal, an apparent blow to the so-called “hybrid” labor model used in Charleston.
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Rotterdam, Hamburg volumes fell last year as weak economy hit demand

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
High inflation, the rising cost of living and geopolitical tensions suppressed demand from European consumers and industry in 2023, with few signs of a turnaround apparent for this year.
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Global green fuel pricing must ‘coexist’ with Europe’s ETS: WSC

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
By the time the IMO measure is introduced, the European carbon tax will have already been in place for three years, raising concerns that lengthy EU scrutiny of the global mechanism could see shippers hit with a double tax.
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ONE, Wan Hai align on a ‘revamp’ of a trans-Pacific service to West Coast

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The new partnership with Wan Hai comes as ONE — along with Yang Ming and HMM — faces the loss of THE Alliance partner Hapag-Lloyd, which is leaving the vessel-sharing agreement for a new partnership with Maersk.
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Container shipping still has an overcapacity problem, but it’s far from insurmountable

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor |
When carriers, and more importantly their insurers, regain confidence in transiting the Suez Canal via the Red Sea, a massive — but not insurmountable — oversupply will await them.
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Green fuel mechanism ‘a rifle shot’ at addressing fuel pricing gap: WSC

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor |
A core challenge facing container shipping is how to craft a global greenhouse gas pricing regulation that can bridge the price gap between green and fossil fuels while spurring investment in alternative fuels.
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Carriers deploy 13,000-TEU ‘feeder’ vessels to serve Asia-Med trade

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Container shipping networks from Asia to North Europe and the Mediterranean are being reshaped as carriers redeploy capacity to compensate for the additional transit time needed to sail around southern Africa.
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HMM posts slight Q4 profit, downplays collapse in takeover talks

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The South Korean carrier warned of rising uncertainty and a volatile container shipping market through 2024 but said the breakdown in takeover negotiations with the Harim Group earlier this month would have no impact on its operations this year.
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Reality of Red Sea capacity ‘crisis’ is far different than the hype

Peter Tirschwell |
The vessel diversions around southern Africa driven by the Red Sea security situation will turn out to be merely a brief distraction from an overall picture of overcapacity that has been building since 2022, writes Peter Tirschwell.
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Logistics’ complicated structure requires equally complex approach to AI usage

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
ChatGPT and generative AI have captured most of the attention around artificial intelligence in logistics, but the diverse range of processes underpinning global supply chains require multiple types of AI working in concert.
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PMA taps COO Hennessey to replace McKenna as president, CEO

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
Stephen Hennessey joined PMA in 2004 after holding management positions in the shipping and trucking industries, including with Sea-Land Service, Roadway Express and Horizon Lines.
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Carriers, shippers using feeder networks to mitigate Red Sea port disruptions

Peter Shaw-Smith, Middle East contributor |
The shipping industry still deems southbound voyages through the Suez Canal as far as Jeddah Islamic Port in Saudi Arabia as beyond the reach of the militant attacks that have forced the majority of large container ship traffic to divert around the Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa.
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As Gemini dawns, another change in shipping alliances is inevitable: expert

Patrick Burgoyne |
Whenever container shipping experiences an upheaval in the alliance structure, the wind-down period from announcement to departure and then to the reforming of new alliances can be bumpy, writes industry veteran Patrick Burgoyne.
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European congestion fears allayed thus far as vessel arrivals spread out

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
Terminals in Europe say ocean carrier schedules have been disrupted by the ship diversions around southern Africa, but there is still no sign of the port bottlenecks that were expected when the rerouting began.
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Some carriers halt India-Europe westbound bookings amid capacity crunch: forwarders

Bency Mathew, Special Correspondent |
Given the capacity pressures, a potential higher incidence of gated cargo being left behind or rolled over in March could spark serious trade concerns, Indian sources say.
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Maersk launches online air freight tool targeted at Indian shippers

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor |
Maersk’s integrator strategy has encompassed more access to air freight capacity, including a new tool for shippers in India to digitally price and book specific flights.
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Zim debuts standalone express service between US Gulf and South America

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The carrier is looking to take part in the trade growth the US Gulf is enjoying with South America’s largest economies that consume heavy quantities of US petrochemicals.
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Carriers resume Panama Canal transits on some services as disruption eases

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent |
Highlighting how things have improved to some extent, Hapag-Lloyd said THE Alliance has restored transits through the canal on some of its trans-Pacific to US East Coast EC2 services.
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Container ship supply meeting Red Sea challenge, but market much tighter

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The huge order book due to be delivered through 2024 is helping ocean supply chains withstand the Red Sea crisis, experts say, but another shock would cause a “pandemic-type crisis.”
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US retailers upgrade forecast for H1 2024 import growth despite Suez diversions

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
The Global Port Tracker calls for a year-over-year gain of 5.3% in US imports over the first six months of the year despite the uncertain security situation in the Red Sea.
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Red Sea crisis, demand uncertainty muddle prelude to annual contract talks

Bill Mongelluzzo, Senior Editor |
While current elevated rates would normally give ocean carriers leverage in annual service contract negotiations, spot rates will likely come down after the pre-Lunar New Year rush and the market is still uncertain about how strong demand will be in the second half of the year.
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Air cargo rates, volume take off as Lunar New Year begins

Greg Knowler, Senior Editor Europe |
The seasonal rise in air freight demand out of China ahead of the holiday has been strong, but analysts say the Red Sea effect on rising volumes remains unclear.
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ILA gives chapters mid-May deadline to reach agreement on local issues

Michael Angell, Associate Editor |
The International Longshoremen’s Association’s May 17 deadline will provide an almost five-month window for the union to wrap up talks on a master contract covering the East and Gulf coasts.
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