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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Top Ocean Carriers Set Course for More Profitable Routes

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Ocean carriers constantly reassess network coverage to cope with the impact of demand fluctuations but, post-pandemic,

June 7, 2023
Total Views: 1492

Friday, June 2, 2023

Long-Term Container Freight Rates ‘Collapse’, Says Xeneta

By Charlie Bartlett (The Loadstar) – June is bearing few surprises for container shipping, with demand continuing its inexorable downward correction. In

June 2, 2023
Total Views: 4717

Friday, May 26, 2023

Peak Season Hope Fades as Container Freight Rates Slip Again

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The prospect of a traditional peak season is slipping away with each week that passes and ocean carriers are as yet

May 26, 2023
Total Views: 3483

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
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Panama Canal Draft Restrictions Could Halt Coastal Shift

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is to further reduce the maximum draft allowed for vessels transiting the waterway

May 23, 2023
Total Views: 4599

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

MSC and CMA CGM Out in Front in Box Fleet-Building Race

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – MSC’s phenomenal growth over the past two years has largely been driven by acquisition of second-hand containerships,

May 17, 2023
Total Views: 3027

Friday, May 12, 2023

2M Adding Capacity to Reduce Speed on Asia-Europe Network

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Next month, 2M partners MSC and Maersk will deploy nine extra vessels on their Asia-Europe services, an injection of

May 12, 2023
Total Views: 1455

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
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Alliance Rivals Ready to Cash In if 2M Divorce Gets Messy

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – THE Alliance and Ocean Alliance vessel-sharing partners are taking full advantage of the 2M’s potentially messy

May 10, 2023
Total Views: 1373

Friday, May 5, 2023

With Rates Under Pressure, Ocean Carriers Struggle to Hold Transpacific GRIs

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The transpacific mid-April GRIs (General Rate Increase) imposed by carriers, ahead of the finalisation of annual

May 5, 2023
Total Views: 1476

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Bankrupt Bed Bath & Beyond Files FMC Complaint Against OOCL

By Alex Lennane (The Loadstar) – US retailer Bed Bath & Beyond, which last week filed for bankruptcy protection, has filed a claim of $37.65m

May 2, 2023
Total Views: 2837

Friday, April 28, 2023
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Soft Demand Pushes Ocean Spot Rates to ‘Lowest Sustainable Level’

By Nick Savvides (The Loadstar) – Weak demand in the three major ocean trades, coupled with the expected flood of new tonnage, will feed declining

April 28, 2023
Total Views: 1353

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Can Slow Steaming Offset Container Shipping’s Capacity Problem?

By Nick Savvides (The Loadstar) – Any recovery in the container shipping market will be overwhelmed by the flood of new vessels entering the market,

April 27, 2023
Total Views: 2887

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Glimmer of Hope for Transpacific Turnaround as Q1 Results Roll In

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The downturn on the transpacific, compared with the pandemic-driven boom of the past two years, is palpable as ocean

April 20, 2023
Total Views: 1213

Monday, April 17, 2023
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Major Carriers Continue Hunt for Tonnage to Boost Market Share

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Led by MSC and CMA CGM, ocean carriers are again scouring the charter and sales and purchase markets for tonnage to

April 17, 2023
Total Views: 2076

Thursday, April 13, 2023

West Coast Labor Deal ‘Crucial’ as Container Demand Rebounds

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – There are “bright skies ahead” at the port of Los Angeles, according to its executive director, Gene Seroka, given

April 13, 2023
Total Views: 3764

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

OOCL Earnings Preview Container Market Correction

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The first evidence of the depth of the liner shipping freight rate correction comes with the Q1 operational numbers

April 11, 2023
Total Views: 1303

Friday, April 7, 2023

Positive Sentiment Keeps Container Shipping’s Charter Market Afloat

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – More optimistic demand forecasts and the prospect of a better peak season this year are driving a containership charter

April 7, 2023
Total Views: 1393

Wednesday, April 5, 2023
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Ocean Carriers Backpedal on D&D Charges as New Rules Loom

By Ian Putzger, Americas Correspondent (The Loadstar) – While US ports and container terminals still resist a regulatory drive to curtail detention and

April 5, 2023
Total Views: 2586

Thursday, March 23, 2023

FuelEU Maritime Marks the ‘Beginning of the End’ for Dirty Fuels in Shipping

By Nick Savvides (The Loadstar) – Shipping, forwarding and environmental groups have welcomed the world’s first law requiring ships to use sustainable

March 23, 2023
Total Views: 1856

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
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CMA CGM Eyes Booming Car Carrier Market

By Nick Savvides (The Loadstar) – French container carrier CMA CGM, already spreading its wings by entering the air cargo and logistics markets, is

March 21, 2023
Total Views: 4006

Friday, March 17, 2023

Is Container Shipping’s Rate Erosion Over?

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The ‘jury is out’ on whether container spot rates have bottomed-out, but on the key transpacific and Asia to Europe

March 17, 2023
Total Views: 4941