Maritime News

Maritime News

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 CMA CGM, MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Co.) and Maersk Line to smaller carriers such as Eimskip and Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers, 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

16 Aug 2019
Declining eastbound trans-Pacific container spot rates this week indicate that predictions of a weak peak season could be accurate.
23 Jul 2019
A new Hapag-Lloyd-led service linking southeast India to North Europe is expected to reduce the volumes India loses to foreign transshipment options.
Kuehne + Nagel: No December rush ahead of IMO 2020
23 Jul 2019
The world’s biggest ocean freight forwarder does not see why shippers would feel an urgent need to move cargo before the IMO 2020 low-sulfur fuel mandate kicks in on Jan. 1.
22 Jul 2019
Industry experts say predictions of front-loading of shipments in the fourth quarter and a shift of routing from East to West Coast ports because of higher bunker fuel surcharges come Jan. 1, 2020, are greatly exaggerated.
22 Jul 2019
Carbon pricing and climate levies are still in the running as potential solutions to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in maritime shipping, according to industry analysts.
22 Jul 2019
Cosco had a 10.3 percent share of capacity on the east coast of South America-to-Far East route earlier this year, and has plans to grow that with extra loaders and bigger vessels through the remainder of 2019.
19 Jul 2019
Tactical use of blank sailings and extra-loaders will prop up freight rates while ensuring capacity during a peak season that will be marked by uncertainties because of the US-China trade war, a JOC webinar was told.
Operational gains path to early shipping decarbonization
19 Jul 2019
Although improvements in operational efficiencies alone will not meet IMO 2050 emissions targets, industry experts say they are the most feasible short-term measures to transition to a low-carbon shipping sector.
17 Jul 2019
The Traxen devices are meant to provide more reliable data about the location and condition of containers while in transit, and an associated analytics platform is designed to help shippers better understand where and when their goods hit bottlenecks, both episodic and systemic.
17 Jul 2019
With its sophisticated remote container management technology for reefer movement, Maersk recently shipped a large export consignment of home-grown mangoes from India to the UK, setting itself up for further growth in that market.
17 Jul 2019
Three months after a federal court voided the 2018 results of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union’s election of top officers, the union is still awaiting instructions for holding a new election.
16 Jul 2019
The 90-day suspension of MSC from the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism after nearly 20 tons of cocaine were seized at the Port of Philadelphia June 17 sends a clear warning to major container lines.
16 Jul 2019
While carriers are determined to pass low-sulfur fuel costs on to shippers, their customers are warning the additional charges better be in line with the market.
15 Jul 2019
A forfeiture would have pushed up Mediterrean Shipping Co.’s charterer rates, compounding the pain the carrier has already suffered via delayed shipments, added docking fees, and damage to its brand.
15 Jul 2019
A bill introduced in Congress addresses two key complaints among cargo owners and transportation providers regarding the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program: murky benefits for onerous program requirements and concerns over backlash if suspended or expelled.
12 Jul 2019
The shallow drafts pushed up spot rates on cargo from Asia, although it’s unclear how much was due to reduced loading capacity and how much was used by carrier representatives as simply justification to seek higher rates.
New strategies of CMA CGM, Maersk familiar, but bolder
12 Jul 2019
Carriers are going beyond setting up logistics arms and instead making the end-to-end reach a full company play rather than standalone attempt to offer the higher value and margin services as the NVOs they compete and partner with.
12 Jul 2019
While blockchain as a mechanism to speed the digitization of shipping documentation gets traction, development by a TradeLens rival will test whether systems are interoperable.
11 Jul 2019
With US import growth of only 1.4 percent from all of Asia in the first half of 2019, and a 5 percent decline in imports from China, the six blanked sailings announced for June and July could be followed by others if volume growth disappoints during the coming peak season.
10 Jul 2019
Shippers on the trans-Pacific are getting a taste of the capacity management in store as carriers try to balance capacity with slowing demand.
10 Jul 2019
India’s intra-country containerized trade has reaped the benefits since the country dropped restrictive cabotage rules a year ago, and Maersk has positioned itself to seize new opportunities.
09 Jul 2019
US authorities’ consideration of forfeiting the vessel, which is owned by JP Morgan, could push up MSC’s charterer rates, compounding the pain the carrier has already suffered via delayed shipments, added docking fees, and damage to its brand.
09 Jul 2019
ZeBox is more than a technology pipeline for CMA CGM alone, and that ultimately might be what allows it to flourish and drive more software value for shippers.
08 Jul 2019
Uncertainty surrounding on-again, off-again tariffs by the US on Chinese products has seen a growing shift in US import volume to Southeast Asia.
08 Jul 2019
Port Miami is gaining a second weekly route with the Dominican Republic, its second-largest trading partner, through APL/CMA CGM. It’s an express route that will take one fewer day than Seaboard Marine’s service.
Container lines rein in third-party data sharing
08 Jul 2019
A visibility software provider said shipping lines are expecting something in return for providing data to third-party software companies, a change from the past.
US vehicle tariffs threaten fast-growing trans-Atlantic trade
08 Jul 2019
The US has hit the pause button in its trade war with China and has shifted its attention back to Europe where tariff threats are hurting business confidence, especially in the German vehicle and spare parts market.
Asia-Europe rate push fails ahead of capacity cuts
05 Jul 2019
Expectations of slowing demand on the Asia-Europe trade have left the market with little inclination to accept carrier rate increases.
Less logistics cross-training stifles container solutions
05 Jul 2019
The lack of cross-training for various functions is creating an environment where fewer workers have the ability to solve problems creatively, according to conversations with more than a dozen industry veterans over the last year.
Hapag-Lloyd kicks off online reefer program
04 Jul 2019
Germany-based carrier Hapag-Lloyd is on a campaign to modernize its reefer fleet and has rolled out plans to bring all the containers online and trackable in real time.
The new oligopoly of container shipping
04 Jul 2019
Carriers and shippers alike must adapt to the new realities of a container shipping market in which only a handful of large players control the vast majority of capacity.
Zim, 2M deepen pact with new Asia-Gulf services
03 Jul 2019
Amid rising Asian imports into the Gulf Coast, two new services linking the regions that Zim Integrated Shipping Services will launch in August are expected to increase the cargo moved by the carrier with the 2M Alliance, strengthening the relationship as 2M prepares to lose market share due to the departure of HMM.
Peak season capacity slashed on Asia-Europe
03 Jul 2019
Another round of blank sailings has been announced, this time by the Ocean Alliance, as carriers sail into a decidedly uncertain peak season shipping period.
More R&D needed for low-carbon marine fuels
03 Jul 2019
Alternative low-carbon fuels are seen as an impactful short-term solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping sector, but questions remain regarding implementation, availability, and development.
Sailing toward zero-emission container shipping
03 Jul 2019
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has introduced rules aimed at reducing harmful sulfur oxide (SO2), carbon dioxide (CO2), and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships.
Data compartmentalization key to TradeLens carrier buy-in
02 Jul 2019
Maersk’s rival carriers understand their data will be kept private, and broader carrier acceptance will drive more value for shippers, Maersk’s TradeLens emphasized to JOC.com.