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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.
01 Sep 2021
Disruption to Asia-North Europe supply chains is growing as the trade moves into its peak shipping period facing soaring rates and falling service levels.
01 Sep 2021
The responses of two major carriers to an importer’s complaint to the US Federal Maritime Commission underscores the difficulty in using a regulatory avenue to settle contract disputes.
01 Sep 2021
With trust between carriers and their customers at an all-time low in a highly unstable container shipping market, there is growing interest from all parties in the multiyear, two-way contracts enabled by the NYSHEX platform.
31 Aug 2021
Mediterranean Shipping Co. sat on top of the rankings for ocean carriers handling US imports while its 2M partner Maersk was top carrier on the export side.
30 Aug 2021
New data on the explosion of capacity being deployed in the Asia-US trade indicates there will likely be sufficient capacity to handle projected import volumes for the rest of the year, but the effective capacity will be reduced by port congestion in the US and Asia.
27 Aug 2021
Carriers expect another increase in profit in the second half of the year as a lack of available vessel capacity and port and landside congestion, particularly in North America and Asia, continues to push rates up.
26 Aug 2021
Schedule reliability continued to suffer in July in the eastbound trans-Pacific as carriers were challenged by port congestion issues and extra-loaders and new services that complicated cargo-handling operations at marine terminals.
26 Aug 2021
Rate increases on the Trans-Pacific vary because of what benchmarking platform Xeneta described as a “whole series of different markets” for different shippers.
25 Aug 2021
Orders for liquefied natural gas-fueled container ships have matched a two-year high as owners and operators stake out the best path to reduce shipping’s carbon footprint.
25 Aug 2021
Evergreen, Yang Ming, and Wan Hai have joined their peers in riding the market to a highly profitable second-quarter result.
24 Aug 2021
A rising tide of late shipments in the trans-Pacific trade is tying knots in US surface transportation networks and increasing the need for safety stock.
24 Aug 2021
The full opening of Ningbo’s Meidong marine terminal is reassuring the shipping industry that the disruption will have a smaller impact than the closing of Yantian International Container Terminals in late June.
24 Aug 2021
Maersk’s order of up to twelve 16,000-TEU methanol-powered ships raises the question of how other container lines will follow, as some carriers are betting on LNG to meet tightening emission restrictions and others are waiting to see how best to shift away from traditional bunker fuel.
24 Aug 2021
Previously reserved for lower-quality “value wines,” flexitanks, which are food-grade bladders inserted into dry containers, can carry more than double the liquid volume of product in a single container than glass bottles.
23 Aug 2021
The current US West Coast dockworker contract will expire next July, leaving negotiations for a new contract to take place amid a predicted atmosphere of constrained capacity and high rates.
20 Aug 2021
The seeking of legal resolutions to conflicts between shippers and container line shippers and carriers over service contracts brings a new set of challenges to both sides, writes analyst Lars Jensen.
20 Aug 2021
Disruption across major ocean trade lanes has tightened capacity at a time of soaring demand, pushing container rates to historically high levels and generating extreme profits for carriers.
20 Aug 2021
Maersk is building on the mutually enforceable aspects of its Spot product through a new flexible contract that it believes will reduce reliance on unreliable allocation demand forecasts.
19 Aug 2021
The US Department of Transportation outlines projects along the US West and East coasts, Midwest, and Pacific Islands that aim to promote coastal transportation of freight.
18 Aug 2021
Zim Integrated Shipping Services said it expects governmental pressures on container lines to slow steam ships will blunt significant new capacity additions slated to hit the water 2023.
18 Aug 2021
DB Schenker’s Thorsten Meincke says container lines are doing their “best possible to get the supply chain running,” although he warns US landside challenges will continue to challenge efforts.
17 Aug 2021
Factories in the key manufacturing zone around Ho Chi Minh City are being forced to close as COVID-19 measures cut worker movements and extend production downtime.
17 Aug 2021
A month after grabbing its first North American customer, Portchain has added a new Mediterranean transshipment terminal to its growing footprint of container ports using its berth planning software.
13 Aug 2021
Although US imports from Asia have returned to single-digit growth after 11 consecutive months of double-digit increases, the cargo base is so large that even incremental growth this peak season will result in record import volumes.
13 Aug 2021
Maersk’s acquisition of Visible Supply Chain Management last week adds nine fulfillment centers to its distribution network, allowing it to reach 95 percent of the US direct-to-consumer market within 48 hours.
13 Aug 2021
HMM has continued its profitable momentum in the first half and like its peers has no expectation the positive earnings environment will change for the rest of the year.
12 Aug 2021
Shippers will be stuck with high rates and limited capacity through the first quarter of 2022, says Hapag-Lloyd, with no change in market conditions expected before then.
12 Aug 2021
Maersk has shifted its call at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) on the India/Middle East–Mediterranean ME2 service to the PSA-operated BMCT after increasing vessel capacity on the loop to an average of 10,000 TEU.
11 Aug 2021
Mediterranean Shipping Co. is adding a new string connecting India with the US and revising its two existing loops to capitalize on growing demand in the capacity-constrained trade.
10 Aug 2021
The Tuesday introduction of a bill that would significantly change US shipping law for the first time in two decades drew sharp fire from container lines, who argue the legislation is infused with “unfairness” that risks making imports and exports more expensive.
09 Aug 2021
While some shippers are facing extreme rate increases to the point of making their business unviable, data shows the majority of cargo being shipped is not facing the extremes of spot market gains, according to JOC analyst Lars Jensen.
09 Aug 2021
The head of India’s container shipping lines group says carriers have pulled out all the stops to improve equipment flow and vessel capacity, noting that supply challenges have been compounded by congestion across international hub ports.
06 Aug 2021
OOCL has launched a first-of-its-kind, multi-modal service that will use the Asian land bridge and rail to transship to US East Coast ports.
06 Aug 2021
Another quarter, another record-breaking result for Maersk, which is using the earnings momentum to accelerate its transformation strategy from carrier to integrator.
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.