Container Lines

Business intelligence, news and analysis on the container lines that transport most of the world's trade such as CMA CGM, MOL, Zim Integrated Shipping Services, and others.'s coverage of container lines ranges from new services to leadership changes and in-depth analysis of pricing and volume trends that directly impact shippers' bottom lines and supply chains. 

The container line landscape is constantly evolving as market dynamics present new challenges to the industry. See how the companies involved have changed as a result of mergers and acquisitions since 1977.


The JOC Top 100 Importers: Analyzing the Rankings
Jun 21, 2018 2:00PM EDT
The JOC Top 100 Exporters: Analyzing the Rankings
Jun 28, 2018 2:00PM EDT


My experience with the industry shows me ocean carriers do not play well together. But, it could happen: there could be industry cooperation for the second time in my lengthy career. 

News & Analysis

Port of Prince Rupert.
20 Apr 2018
The port, which is in the competitive gateway in the trans-Pacific trade, has grown rapidly since the opening of its Fairview container terminal in 2007.
Containers stacked at a port.
20 Apr 2018
Annual service contract negotiations between US importers from Asia and ocean carriers are moving slower than in past cycles. Beneficial cargo owners are holding out for lower rates, to offset rising supply chain costs elsewhere, but they may be disappointed by their efforts.
20 Apr 2018
French line CMA CGM will buy a 25 percent share of logistics operator CEVA as the carrier tries to control more of its container supply chain.
18 Apr 2018
APL Chief Executive Nicolas Sartini gives his outlook on the maritime trade industry for 2018 and areas of market growth. At the JOC TPM Conference in March he discussed the launch of a new EXX service for APL, an 11-day service from Shanghai to Los Angeles, designed as a speed-to-market alternative for air freight.
APM Terminal Inland Services, Chennai cold chain facility.
18 Apr 2018
The transportation giant this week inaugurated a new cold storage center within its container freight station site at Ponneri, on the outskirts of Chennai in South India.
Recycling plastic waste.
17 Apr 2018
The decline in US exports took place even before trade war rhetoric between the United States and China began to heat up.
13 Apr 2018
The annual blanket of fog has been wreaking havoc at the busy ports of Shanghai and Ningbo.
An IBM office.
12 Apr 2018
Shippers tracking the Maersk-IBM blockchain project to see if it yields real benefits in helping them monitor cargo movement could soon get a glimpse of whether it does. But they can also expect trucking rate increases and no near-term resolution to the problem of getting truck capacity.
12 Apr 2018
Laufer Group International CEO Mark Laufer and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett discuss the market and technological changes taking place in the container shipping industry following the recent consolidation wave.  
12 Apr 2018
Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barret dive into the contentious issue of enforceable contracts in container shipping.  
A container ship at sea.
12 Apr 2018
The April 1 launch of new carrier Ocean Network Express is experiencing booking delays in some jurisdictions as cargo from three carriers migrates to the new network.
Port of Long Beach.
11 Apr 2018
Confirming to Alphaliner that it is discussing US terminal assets with Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States officials, Cosco, a China government-backed carrier, said it is confident the deal will pass the US review and that the deal’s June 30 deadline will be met.
An APL container ship.
11 Apr 2018
Shippers looking to send goods from Latin America west — especially from Mexico — to China and the Far East, and in the other direction, have a growing list of options after the launch of three new services.
10 Apr 2018
The new order for mega-ships gives Hyundai Merchant Marine the container shipping industry's third-largest orderbook.
Port of Oakland.
09 Apr 2018
The Top 5 container lines serving the United States slightly increased their combined share of imports in 2017, but dominance of their exports receded.
An APL container ship.
06 Apr 2018
The service is the latest by an ocean carrier seeking to develop time-definite business arrangements with importers of certain products when they have a critical mass of shippers at designated destinations.
Port of Los Angeles.
05 Apr 2018
Neither country has listed a deadline for tariff implementation, hence the situation remains dynamic and fluid. However, key analysts are formulating worst-case scenarios.
Maersk Line Adrian.
04 Apr 2018
Maersk, which transports roughly 20 percent of India’s total container cargo, said India's strong trade uptrends came despite widespread supply chain disruptions caused by recent tax and other regulatory reforms in the country.
Maersk Line reefer India.
03 Apr 2018
Maersk India has substantially expanded its end-to-end cold chain service to and from India, which has enabled domestic reefer shippers to venture into new locales.
02 Apr 2018
Investigators in the inquiry, led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye, have directed carriers to provide detailed information about their detention and demurrage practices; the same is being sought from marine terminal operators.
Cosco Rotterdam.
02 Apr 2018
Cosco Shipping Holdings, China's largest shipping company, has continued to aggressively expand into landside logistics, building on Beijing’s Belt and Road strategy to grow its terminal and inland footprint in Asia and Europe.
An HMM container ship.
02 Apr 2018
Hyundai Merchant Marine will sign an agreement to cooperate with Sinokor Merchant Marine and Heung-A Shipping for intra-Asia routes to facilitate the anticipated merger of the latter two companies’ container shipping operations.
Port of Oakland.
29 Mar 2018
After six years of losses, the container shipping industry ended 2017 with a profit of about $7 billion. Financial reports of the 13 carriers do show improvement but do not yet reflect a full recovery — a recovery that should continue in 2018, given the strengthening global economy, unless political issues intervene.
Maersk Line SeaLand.
29 Mar 2018
The regional carrier's new service will offer fewer port calls — enabling it to build a larger buffer into its schedule.
 A container ship at sea.
28 Mar 2018
Anthony Chiarello, president and CEO of US domestic ocean carrier TOTE, said he will retire this summer after nearly 39 years in the maritime industry.
Port of Oakland.
27 Mar 2018
Rising tariffs and retaliatory measures are a threat to global trade, an alliance of shipper organizations has warned.
Maersk Line.
27 Mar 2018
In theory, blockchain has the potential to enable global container carriers to create a universal, standardized, ledger system with many more efficient processes. The question is whether carriers who are fierce competitors and who do not trust each other can use a system in which trust is integral.
Port of Melbourne.
27 Mar 2018
Rising demand on the Asia-New Zealand-Australia trade could be further boosted by China's trade dispute with the United States.
Yang Ming.
26 Mar 2018
Taiwan's Yang Ming has completed a profitable 2017 on the back of a stronger container market and a recapitalization plan.
Chittagong Port.
22 Mar 2018
The total effective tax on ocean going vessel businesses was almost 27 percent — something that discouraged business executives from investing in the sector. According to officials, the effective high tax rate also discouraged many vessel owners from registering their vessels in Bangladesh.
22 Mar 2018
It has been a good year for ZIM, which has returned to profit following a huge loss-making 2016.
21 Mar 2018
The heads of the IBM/Maersk joint venture said 24 companies are being onboarded with roughly 70 more in the pipeline, and are seeking to allay forwarders’ fears that the initiative is encroaching on their end-to-end supply chain services.
21 Mar 2018
Capacity scheduled for deployment on the Asia-North Europe and Mediterranean trades over the next 12 weeks is well above the expected demand for the year.
Port of Oakland.
20 Mar 2018
US truck capacity pressure, exacerbated by the federal electronic logging device mandate, is trickling down to all modes of inland cargo transportation: railroad, drayage, and transloading and long-haul truckload. Ocean carriers are responding with a mixture of actions.
19 Mar 2018
Terminal operators are trying to connect with owners of cargo and improve control of the end-to-end supply chain — moves that mirror those being employed by their container line customers.