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Friday, September 23, 2022
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Cargo Owners Blame Shipowner for Ever Given Grounding in Suez Canal

By Charlie Bartlett (The Loadstar) – A group of cargo owners are blaming Shoei Kisen Kaisha, the Japanese owner of Ever Given, for last March’s

September 23, 2022
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Wednesday, September 21, 2022
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Matson Suspends Premium Transpacific Service Amid Falling Demand

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Honolulu-based US domestic and transpacific premium carrier Matson has closed its seasonal China-California Express

September 21, 2022
Total Views: 2394

Thursday, September 15, 2022
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Transpacific Rate Decline and Strong Dollar Could Bolster U.S. Imports

By Sam Whelan (The Loadstar) – Transpacific ocean rates might be experiencing a “post-Covid plummet”, but US import volumes remain high and lower

September 15, 2022
Total Views: 478

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Transatlantic Overtakes Transpacific as Most Lucrative Trade for Shipping Lines

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – After the prolonged container spot rates decline the transatlantic trade has supplanted the transpacific trade as

September 14, 2022
Total Views: 1148

Friday, September 9, 2022

Could China’s Exports Be Under Long-Term Threat?

By Nick Savvides (The Loadstar) – Capacity demand for Chinese exports is in decline, mainly due to full inventories in Europe and the US, which has seen

September 9, 2022
Total Views: 2490

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Two-Tier Market Emerges as Container Spot and Contract Rates Diverge

By Nick Savvides (The Loadstar) – A two-tier market within the container shipping sector is opening up as spot rates in key trades collapse. Carriers

September 7, 2022
Total Views: 4143

Friday, September 2, 2022

Maersk Hit With $180 Million Contract Claim from New York Shipper

By Nick Savvides (The Loadstar) – A New York shipper is legally pursuing Maersk for $180m, claiming the carrier failed to meet contractual obligations

September 2, 2022
Total Views: 7476

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Container Spot Rates Continue to Fall as Capacity Crunch Eases

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The capacity shortage that underpinned skyrocketing ocean freight rates for the past two years has ended and rates will

September 2, 2022
Total Views: 1682

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Viewpoint: FMC Emergency Order Won’t Be Enough to Alleviate Congestion

By Maia Kemp-Welch (The Loadstar) – A Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) emergency order “won’t be enough” to alleviate supply chain congestion in

August 25, 2022
Total Views: 1087

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

FMC Approves Yang Ming Service Contract Complaint Settlement with Shipper

By Maia Kemp-Welch (The Loadstar) – The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has approved the decision to settle a complaint against Yang Ming by Achim

August 24, 2022
Total Views: 889

Friday, August 19, 2022
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Ocean Carriers Remain Buoyant Despite Spot Rates Collapse and Falling Demand

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Container spot rates from China to Middle East and intra-Asia routes are reported to have “collapsed” this week,

August 19, 2022
Total Views: 1048

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Ocean Carriers Making Contingency Plans as Felixstowe Labor Dispute Hardens

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Ocean carriers calling at Felixstowe are making contingency plans in case the eight-day strike at the UK’s biggest

August 16, 2022
Total Views: 1844

Friday, August 12, 2022
Aerial top view container ship

More Blank Sailings Likely as Spot Rates Tumble

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Container spot rates are falling fast on all export routes from China in what should normally be the peak season for

August 12, 2022
Total Views: 1333

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Ocean Carrier HMM Sees ‘Considerable Uncertainties’ Ahead for Container Shipping as Profits Roll In

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – South Korea’s national flagship carrier, HMM, reported a net profit of $2.24bn in the second quarter, for a

August 10, 2022
Total Views: 2653

Friday, August 5, 2022
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Containership Charter Market Could See New Spike as Ships Slow Down for New Emissions Regulations

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The containership charter market could see a new spike this year, as liner operators look to redesign their networks to

August 5, 2022
Total Views: 1746

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Confident Maersk Builds $19 Billion M&A War Chest

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Maersk CEO Soren Skou told investors today he remained “confident” about the shipping line’s contracted customers

August 3, 2022
Total Views: 2472

Friday, July 29, 2022

Dock Strikes and Shippers Seeking Rate Renegotiations Add Pressure on Carriers

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The threat of dock strikes at Felixstowe and Liverpool next month, together with the potential resumption of industrial

July 29, 2022
Total Views: 791

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Carriers Urged to Stick to Schedule as North Europe Port Volumes Fall

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The two biggest North European hub ports, Rotterdam and Antwerp-Bruges, handled fewer containers in the first half of

July 27, 2022
Total Views: 1004

Friday, July 22, 2022
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Spot Rates Tumble Amid Muted Start To Peak Season

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) Container spot rates from Asia to Europe and the US are coming under increased pressure, as the peak season appears “muted”

July 22, 2022
Total Views: 3349

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

U.S. Container Imports Rise in June as Congestion Shifts East

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) US import container volumes grew by 5.9% in June, year on year, defying weaker consumer demand trends. According to the latest

July 19, 2022
Total Views: 1855