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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

27 Nov 2021
The momentum in tackling shipping emissions that came out of the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow had slowed by the time the IMO’s 77th Marine and Environment Protection Committee wrapped up this week.
18 Jun 2021
Just like the container segment, the MPV sector has been short on capacity in the last several months, but unlike on the container side, no major vessel reinvestment program has begun on the MPV side.
18 Jun 2021
Shipping took another small step on its long and complex path towards decarbonization at the annual meeting of the International Maritime Organization Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting, but key issues around a carbon tax and zero-carbon fuel research fund remain unresolved.
17 Jun 2021
Global container supply chains have struggled under months of heavy demand and disruption with no slack left in the system to cope with severe port congestion at a major Chinese export center.
15 Jun 2021
In what is usually the slowest period of the year, US imports from Asia in the first five months of the year hit a new high-water mark, signaling to ports that the congestion issues they have faced may get worse as the peak season approaches.
15 Jun 2021
Carriers posted an unprecedented level of profitability in the first quarter, as container shipping companies capitalized on a market in which the supply-demand balance is firmly in their favor.
15 Jun 2021
The latest shipping line to be hit by a cyberattack, HMM said the incursion has crippled its email systems but has not affected its booking documentation functions and has not resulted in any data breaches.
14 Jun 2021
A House subcommittee on Tuesday will be the first to address the impact of an unprecedented surge of Asia imports that began in the spring and container lines and ports don’t expect to let up until early 2022 at the soonest.
14 Jun 2021
A House subcommittee on Tuesday will be the first to address the impact of an unprecedented surge of Asia imports that began in the spring and container lines and ports don’t expect to let up until early 2022 at the soonest.
14 Jun 2021
Current conditions in the trans-Pacific trade, with strong demand and severe capacity shortages leading to hyper-charged freight rates, are temporary, but the question is: how temporary?
14 Jun 2021
Trans-Pacific carriers are expected to follow their June 1 general rate increase with another on June 15 as huge demand for space and increasing costs for equipment and trucking at Asian load ports continue unfettered.
13 Jun 2021
Peter Friedmann, executive director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, outlines proposals to Congress to address what his members’ consider unfair detention and demurrage, and how to ensure container lines honor their common carriage responsibilities.
09 Jun 2021
With US imports accelerating as the peak shipping season approaches, two Chinese carriers with no previous presence in the Asia-US trades will begin to deploy vessels to the West Coast in the coming weeks.
09 Jun 2021
In an already maxed-out trans-Pacific system, disruptions such as the Suez Canal blockage and now worsening congestion in Southern China will increasingly limit the ability of carriers to honor their minimum quantity commitments.
08 Jun 2021
Shippers are desperate for someone — anyone — to solve the current problems vexing container shipping, but anyone thinking government intervention is an option should reconsider that.
07 Jun 2021
Container lines are adding more alternatives to shipping through congested Yantian Container International Termina, as analysts and forwarders warn of another surge in spot container rate levels.
07 Jun 2021
US retailers have upgraded their forecast for monthly imports through September and project continued international supply-chain congestion, possibly through the end of the year.
04 Jun 2021
In reporting $2.1 billion in net income in the first quarter, CMA CGM pointed to logistics revenue growth that its solution-tailored strategy, powered by its CEVA acquisition, is gaining traction.
03 Jun 2021
Due to vessel delays in Oakland, Zim is suspending its premium trans-Pacific service until at least late July and is re-routing the service from Central China to call in Los Angeles-Long Beach.
03 Jun 2021
Ocean carriers have pushed the orderbook for new vessels to a multiyear high in 2021 thanks to the strength of the freight market and the dearth of surplus vessels.
03 Jun 2021
High consumer demand for electronics drove many US importers back to China in 2020, but alternative markets such as Vietnam, Thailand, and Mexico are still growing as well.
02 Jun 2021
Maersk called its carbon tax proposal a move that would “bridge the gap” between fossil fuels and greener options that not only cost more, but are years away from being available at scale.
02 Jun 2021
The operational challenges for container shipping have now persisted for half a year, and they are seemingly nowhere nearer to getting resolved. If anything, they mainly appear to be getting worse.
31 May 2021
After a COVID-19 outbreak, Yantian International Container Terminal on Monday began accepting export cargoes, but shipping executives say the congestion will take at least a week to clear.
28 May 2021
A move to reform the Shipping Act of 1984 is being driven by a sense among some shippers that conditions, particularly on the trans-Pacific trade, will only get worse in the coming months.
27 May 2021
Improved schedule reliability in the Asia-US trade in April offers encouragement that ports may be on track to clear their container backlogs before the summer-fall peak-shipping season.
27 May 2021
Elevated rate levels, peak season surcharges, equipment shortages, poor reliability, high demand — the challenges are mounting for shippers on the busy Europe-North America trade lane.
26 May 2021
Retailers should expect vessel space in Asia to get even tighter in June as advance bookings show continued strong demand for imports in the US, according to an industry analyst.
25 May 2021
Walmart remained atop the list of the 100 largest US importers by a wide margin in 2020, while Koch Industries retained the No. 1 export spot.
24 May 2021
A review of which goods and commodities saw the sharpest decreases and increases in 2020 speaks to how Americans spent their money while socially distanced and which sectors will continue to see heightened demand heading into the traditional peak season before the winter holidays.
24 May 2021
The US Department of Transportation is looking to further fund its decade-old bid to bring more container-on-barge services to US waterways with $10 million in new grants available for 2021.
21 May 2021
South Korean container lines HMM and SM Line will inject more than 82,000 TEU of monthly capacity on the trans-Pacific and Asia–Europe trades via extra loaders and the accelerated deployment of newbuild ships on existing loops.
21 May 2021
The chaotic container shipping market, and hugely elevated rate levels, have forced Asia-Europe forwarders to take unusual steps to secure capacity for time-sensitive cargo.
20 May 2021
Imports of photovoltaic cells used in solar power generation continue to reach new highs as the US developers plan to make major capacity additions over the next four years.
20 May 2021
Despite duties in China, vessel space limitations at US ports and equipment shortages at inland rail hubs, US containerized agricultural shipments increased seven percent in 2020.
20 May 2021
An expected increase in demand over the next few months will be accompanied by a rising number of canceled sailings as port delays throw out ship schedules.