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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.
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.
TradeLens boosts arsenal with addition of Hapag-Lloyd, ONE
02 Jul 2019
With the addition of Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express (ONE), TradeLens members now control more than 61 percent of global containership capacity, according to maritime analyst Alphaliner.
01 Jul 2019
Carriers, bunker suppliers, and refiners have had years to prepare for the IMO 2020 low-sulfur mandate, but as the six-month countdown begins, experts warn of a coming supply “scramble” and price uncertainty.
01 Jul 2019
Vietnam has been steadily growing its trade with the EU, even before the two parties inked a free trade deal.
01 Jul 2019
HMM surprised many by announcing it will become a member of THE Alliance and not the 2M Alliance, with which it has shared a strategic partnership since April 2017.
28 Jun 2019
Spot rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific this week got a pop from the pending July 1 GRIs, but economists are predicting a slow-growth year for the US economy, and carriers’ only hope to keep pricing from declining this peak season is to manage capacity through blank sailings.
27 Jun 2019
Managing capacity is going to be crucial for carriers through the peak season as uncertainty grows over weakening demand.
More trans-Pacific blank sailings announced
26 Jun 2019
Ocean Alliance’s second round of blank sailings in July, following three blank sailings in June, indicate the US-China trade war threatens to turn the peak season into a disappointment.
25 Jun 2019
The shipping sector is lacking investments in effective carbon reducing technologies, threatening to miss IMO 2050 targets for decarbonization, according to a recent report from CDP.
25 Jun 2019
Asia to East Coast South America rates are on the rise, despite capacity rising by almost 8 percent this year.
25 Jun 2019
Trans-Pac carriers move aggressively to expand weekly service offerings from Southeast Asia in response to 25 percent Trump administration tariffs on imports from China. However, the ability of manufacturers to shift more production from China to Southeast Asia will be constrained by economic factors if the List 4 tariffs are implemented later this summer.
25 Jun 2019
Maersk is resuscitating the idea of assessing container no-show fees to forwarders and shippers and to itself if a box doesn’t load, though the difference this time might lie in the digital foundation around the fees.
24 Jun 2019
Summary: Carriers need low-sulfur fuel to be available in key bunkering ports around the world, but supply uncertainty remains.
21 Jun 2019
With imports from China softening and prospects for the peak season looking somewhat dismal, carriers have already announced three blank sailings, with chatter among carriers indicating additional voided sailings could occur in July and August.
20 Jun 2019
Sponsored: CargoSphere Managing Director Neil Barni on his company's approach to bringing digital innovation to the area of rate analysis.
20 Jun 2019
Asian manufacturing shifts and the rising cost of fuel are influencing all-water US East Coast services.
20 Jun 2019
Biofuel has been used in a second container shipping test, and the results have been positive for an industry facing an urgent need to decarbonize.
20 Jun 2019
The 90-day suspension from the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism means the container line will no longer enjoy “trusted trader” status, increasing the likelihood of import shipment delays.
19 Jun 2019
Effectively addressing the low-sulfur surcharge that will be imposed by the IMO from Jan. 1, 2020 requires including shippers in an industry-wide partnership.
19 Jun 2019
Price continues to confound the container shipping industry as it prepares for the IMO’s 2020 low-sulfur mandate.
17 Jun 2019
Eleven major banks representing 20 percent of the global shipping finance portfolio have signed off on a framework agreement aimed at aligning investors with the IMO’s 2050 mandate to cut CO2 emissions 50 percent from 2008 levels.
17 Jun 2019
Agriculture exporters urged to do due diligence on the increased costs involved in IMO low-sulfur fuel before they enter contract negotiations with carriers in the fall.
17 Jun 2019
Consolidation that has occurred in recent years is giving carriers newfound influence — if they are willing to assert it.