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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

25 May 2022
US retail spending is increasing despite inflationary pressures, while bookings and port volumes remain strong, suggesting the inventory warnings of Walmart and Target have not hit the larger retail industry yet.
18 Nov 2021
The looming storage tariffs in Los Angeles and Long Beach are starting to force carriers, marine terminals, and shippers to break through the gridlock of competing interests.
18 Nov 2021
While its rivals target acquisitions that fit an integrated end-to-end logistics strategy, Hapag-Lloyd has instead focused on expanding its core container shipping network.
18 Nov 2021
The White House has endorsed proposed shipping reform legislation and said the Department of Justice is ready to assist maritime regulators if they find alliances are violating the US Shipping Act.
18 Nov 2021
Cargo owners are shouldering the huge increase in transportation costs, which are pushing up consumer prices and threatening to undermine the global economic recovery, according to UNCTAD’s annual maritime and trade report.
17 Nov 2021
Zim joins other leading carriers in reporting record earnings in the third quarter on the back of surging freight rates and container volumes.
17 Nov 2021
Although US imports from Asia were down 2.4 percent in October year over year, it was the third-busiest month ever for containerized imports from Asia.
16 Nov 2021
Through the suspension of a trans-Pacific service to Southern California, Zim Integrated Shipping Services has become the latest carrier to shift vessels out of trade, blaming port congestion.
16 Nov 2021
Shippers of refrigerated (reefer) cargo say ocean carriers have been favoring bookings for dry containers that are generating higher rates, compounding difficulties in securing equipment and vessel capacity.
15 Nov 2021
Maersk’s joint venture with Durban-based forwarder and terminal operator Grindrod — along with other recent purchases and partnerships — could be the start of a splurge of similar deals as a cash-rich Maersk strengthens its global logistics footprint.
15 Nov 2021
Rising inflation and interest rates could put the brakes on consumer demand and lead to a rapid slowdown in global demand for container shipping, despite carrier “hype” over lasting congestion levels, according to the Global Shippers’ Forum.
15 Nov 2021
Detention and demurrage costs have soared in 2021, and shippers complain that many of these storage fees are mistaken and difficult to correct.
12 Nov 2021
Electricity shortages slowing Chinese factory output and lowered production in Vietnam due to COVID-19 lockdown measures are providing a slight — and likely temporary — easing of short-term Asia–US container rates.
12 Nov 2021
Container lines and their largest import customers are beginning trans-Pacific service contract negotiations earlier month, driven by shippers’ concerns about securing enough contracted space and carriers’ stronger positioning.
11 Nov 2021
Strong growth in imports and a slight decline in exports over the past few years have thrown off the once balanced import-export flow in the US Gulf Coast, exposing Houston to the same terminal space issues and equipment imbalances that have plagued other import-dependent ports in 2021
11 Nov 2021
Container lines are raising the bar on repositioning empties for Indian exports, and coupled with new intra-Asia routings, equipment scarcity at origin ports is easing
10 Nov 2021
The Federal Maritime Commission is probing whether Hapag-Lloyd violated the US Shipping Act by charging detention on empty containers that could not be returned to marine terminals.
10 Nov 2021
HMM joined its peers in delivering record third-quarter results, with rising demand, increasing rates, and continued supply chain disruption set to keep the profitability spigot gushing.
09 Nov 2021
The World Shipping Council, representing major container lines, is asking federal maritime regulators to hold off on weighing on new Southern California port tariffs until the fees have been implemented on Nov. 15.
09 Nov 2021
Canada Pension Plan’s full takeover of Ports America may hit hurdle as two members of the Federal Maritime Commission ask for the deal to be reviewed for national security implications.
09 Nov 2021
The plan to include shipping in Europe’s cap-and-trade emissions trading is drawing strong condemnation from global shipping groups.
08 Nov 2021
Speeding the discharge of import containers from vessels and through congested marine terminals is becoming increasingly urgent as retailers rebuild their depleted inventories, let alone stock store shelves for holiday sales.
05 Nov 2021
Carriers have always wanted to change their relationship with shippers; now they have the right market to do it.
05 Nov 2021
The current decarbonization framework for global shipping will fall way short of 2050 targets and requires significant investment in zero emission technologies backed by government, shipping executives say.
04 Nov 2021
Port congestion at major European hubs and supply-side disruption across the regional logistics chain continues to put the brakes on factory production.
03 Nov 2021
The National Industrial Transportation League wants maritime regulators to clarify whether the new Southern California port fees would fall under rules on demurrage if container lines pass them on to shippers and consignees.
03 Nov 2021
The World Shipping Council is keeping the pressure on the European Union to reduce the scope of its emissions cap-and-trade system to cover only voyages within the region.
03 Nov 2021
Container lines say the unexpected announcement of a new port tariff targeting excessive container dwells In Southern California is the latest example of being unfairly targeted by politically driven and commercially unviable directives.
03 Nov 2021
CMA CGM is reinvesting record profits by regaining full control of a terminal in the most congested port complex in the world.
02 Nov 2021
Maersk reported a record quarterly result as the heavily disrupted container shipping market pushes shippers to lock in contract rates on the major trades rather than brave the soaring spot market.
01 Nov 2021
Hapag-Lloyd said its 2021 operating profit will be as much as $4 billion higher than previously forecast due to the large gains in freight rates.
01 Nov 2021
Current problems in container shipping require plenty of attention, but market participants should consider devoting more effort into planning for new challenges waiting just around the corner, JOC analyst Lars Jensen says.
29 Oct 2021
Despite the massive profit and revenue gains, Cosco said port congestion, a shortage of containers, and inland transport delays continued to provide challenges.
29 Oct 2021
Ocean Network Express is forecasting record net profit for its current fiscal year while navigating supply chain congestion and voyage delays.
28 Oct 2021
Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Ocean Network Express are adding Oakland calls to their Asian services as the vessel congestion at the port abates.
28 Oct 2021
In seeking formal approval for a new “emergency storage fee” from harbor commissioners, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are expected to explain how they would implement the fees, as carriers lobby the ports to delay the Nov. 1 start.