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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

29 Nov 2021
Many transportation executives, citing a highly fragile and capacity-constrained system and ongoing surprises tied to the unpredictable trajectory of the pandemic, are unwilling to declare the supply chain crisis has begun a period of sustained easing.
06 Aug 2021
Maersk’s acquisition of a US parcel logistics provider and its plan to acquire a European-based provider provide the missing links in the container’s line strategy to offer shippers end-to-end solutions from Asian factory floor to final delivery.
05 Aug 2021
Waiting for relief from record high spot rates is no longer an option for many shippers with no end in sight to the high demand, tight supply, and congested ocean trades holding up prices.
05 Aug 2021
A US importer’s complaint to US regulators of not getting trans-Pacific service contracts honored underscores how cargo demand and diminished efficiency leading to tighter capacity across all modes including ports is creating conflicts with carriers over agreed contracted volume allocations.
04 Aug 2021
Federal maritime regulators have ordered eight container lines to provide details showing how port congestion surcharges meet legal and regulatory requirements, the latest escalation in increased US oversight of container shipping.
04 Aug 2021
Congested Asia-US ocean supply chains have left shippers battling to match import levels with high consumer demand.
03 Aug 2021
The specter of Yantian is hanging over China’s manufacturing industry as a new series of stay-at-home orders is issued to tackle the fast-spreading new COVID-19 variant.
02 Aug 2021
Maersk upgraded revenue and profit expectations for the full-year 2021 as it sees a better-than-expected demand for trans-Pacific shipping.
02 Aug 2021
Ocean Network Express reported 100 percent utilization on its major trades out of Asia, with the rising rate levels contributing to significantly improved profitability.
02 Aug 2021
Given the serious nature of the current problems in container shipping, it is important to focus on the underlying structural issues and not be laid astray by the more sensationalist facts.
02 Aug 2021
Given the serious nature of the current problems in container shipping, it is important to focus on the underlying structural issues and not be laid astray by the more sensationalist facts.
01 Aug 2021
A formal complaint from a US home goods importer to maritime regulators is the first of its kind since the COVID-19 pandemic began and speaks to a growing sentiment among shippers and some forwarders that container lines have unfairly taken advantage of the resulting disruption.
30 Jul 2021
Matson said the trans-Pacific continues to see high demand coupled with congestion at load ports, adding that all its premium services look to be nearly full through the first quarter of 2022.
30 Jul 2021
Hapag-Lloyd's huge increase in profitability through the first half is likely to be followed by all the major carriers as earnings season gets under way.
30 Jul 2021
ECU, the largest global LCL consolidator, has expanded its footprint over the past decade through acquisition and organic growth, the latter driven in recent years by rising consumer e-commerce demand.
29 Jul 2021
The average price to ship an FEU from Shanghai to Los Angeles hit an all-time record, according to the Drewry World Container Index, and container lines will begin levying another round of surcharges starting as early as Aug. 1.
29 Jul 2021
The giant container ship that found itself in a global media spotlight for all the wrong reasons has finally reached the Dutch hub of Rotterdam.
28 Jul 2021
FMC Commissioner Rebecca Dye on Wednesday made recommendations on how Congress and the agency itself can beef up its enforcement of unlawful detention and demurrage.
27 Jul 2021
The reopening of the US and European economies after last year’s COVID-19 lockdowns spurred a resurgence in the trans-Atlantic container trade as business activity in two of the world’s largest economies showed better than expected growth in May, with increases concentrated at US ports that have undergone major expansions.
27 Jul 2021
Expectations are that reliability is likely to fall further in the coming months as carriers add new services and deploy extra-loader vessels to meet peak season demand that arrives amid the never-ending onslaught of imports from Asia.
23 Jul 2021
North American companies are signaling that they will need to build up larger inventory buffers to meet strong US consumer demand, something that will keep up pressure on ocean freight.
23 Jul 2021
Rising EU imports are placing growing pressure on the regional supply chain, but European businesses fear the COVID-19 Delta variant poses “a major risk” to the regional economic outlook.
22 Jul 2021
The Biden administration is wading into ocean regulatory waters via an executive order, upping pressure on maritime regulators to crack down on illegal behavior and work more closely with the Department of Justice.
21 Jul 2021
US retail inventories as a percent of sales sits at an all-time low, but many importers and shippers are getting priced out of restocking because of high ocean freight rates.
21 Jul 2021
Forwarders say US importers of lower-value cargo from Asia and those with low margins are increasingly priced out of the trans-Pacific market as peak season volumes further tax the shipping system.
21 Jul 2021
A liner-led consortium aimed at using blockchain to digitize key container shipping processes has launched a cargo release product in China.
20 Jul 2021
US maritime regulators have told the top container lines operating in the United States to open up their books for an audit of how they assess storage charges amid increased pressure from Congress and the White House to crack down on unreasonable detention and demurrage fees.
19 Jul 2021
Congestion across North Europe ports is forcing short-sea operators to deploy significantly more capacity just to maintain schedule reliability.
18 Jul 2021
A bill expected to be introduced in Congress in August would drive a sweeping bipartisan overhaul of US shipping law if passed.
16 Jul 2021
The MSC-Shell deal shows that commercially viable solutions for zero-emission fuels are a long way from being available at scale.
15 Jul 2021
The container shipping industry orderbook has continued to grow this year as carriers shake off the restraints that kept the order-to-fleet ratio at a record low for the past two years.
14 Jul 2021
The European Commission has made good on its long-threatened move to include shipping in its cap-and-trade emissions-cutting initiative.
14 Jul 2021
While there are many elements involved in the US’s renewed scrutiny of ocean shipping, some added perspective is useful, particularly related to consolidation among container carriers.
12 Jul 2021
The agreement creates a framework for Federal Maritime Commission and Department of Justice officials to share information and expertise when relevant and useful to monitoring and enforcing shipping law.
12 Jul 2021
Terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are bracing for spike in imports from China later this month as a backlog of US-bound cargo built up during the recent COVID-19 outbreak there arrives on the West Coast.
09 Jul 2021
Despite the rare intervention by a US president in maritime affairs, the regulatory landscape for ocean shipping remains largely unchanged.