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Monday, June 10, 2024
HMM Containership leaving port

Samsung Lodges Largest FMC Complaint Yet Over Detention and Demurrage Charges

By Alexander Whiteman (The Loadstar) – Samsung’s US subsidiary has lodged what may be the largest complaint yet with the Federal Maritime Commission

June 10, 2024
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Friday, June 7, 2024
ningbo port congestion

Container Spot Rates in China Set to Hit Five Figures

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – There were further double-digit increases in container spot freight rates this week, after a series of general rate

June 7, 2024
Total Views: 10059

Friday, May 31, 2024
Aerial view of Deep water port with cargo ship and container Singapore

Singapore Reopens Defunct Container Terminals to Tackle Vessel Bunching

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – Authorities battling congestion in Singapore port have reopened shuttered terminals to alleviate the mounting

May 31, 2024
Total Views: 2112

Thursday, May 30, 2024
MSC Container ship enters portCatstyecam /

Shippers Brace for Asia-Europe Blanked Sailings as Rates Rise

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – It was just over a month ago that forwarders began to realise significant disruption was on the way for the

May 30, 2024
Total Views: 1391

Friday, May 24, 2024
Maersk ship entering the Port of Rotterdam. Photo: Shutterstock

Shipper Fury as Spot Rates Soar and Carriers Ignore Contracts

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – The sense of genuine anger amongst North European shippers and freight forwarders was palpable this week as they

May 24, 2024
Total Views: 4391

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Red Sea Diversions Leave Asia-Europe Loops Short of Ships

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – Despite the large tranches of new container shipping capacity hitting the water in recent months, Asia-Europe

May 16, 2024
Total Views: 461

Friday, May 10, 2024
File photo of a containership in port

Carriers Control the Market as Spot Rates Rise and Capacity Tightens

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – “You take away all sense and rationale. And whatever is left, is the container shipping market,” said Peter

May 10, 2024
Total Views: 1633

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Asia-Europe Container Trade Surging as Forwarders Warn of Capacity Crisis and Soaring Freight Rates

By Alex Lennane (The Loadstar) – Forwarders are warning customers that demand on Asia-Europe ocean trades is beginning to look a lot like the pandemic

May 8, 2024
Total Views: 6482

Friday, May 3, 2024
Maersk ship entering the Port of Rotterdam. Photo: Shutterstock

Shippers Frustrated as Spot rates Rise Alongside Demand

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – A strengthening demand scenario on the Asia-European trades appears to have caught carriers and forwarders by

May 3, 2024
Total Views: 939

Friday, April 26, 2024
smoke pollution coming from a container ship

Red Sea Reroutings Drive Up Liners’ CO2 Emissions

By Charlie Bartlett (The Loadstar) – The Saudi Arabian hub port of Jeddah is reporting a two-thirds drop in calls from the top ten carriers, as

April 26, 2024
Total Views: 709

Monday, April 22, 2024
Container vessel approaching the terminal at the Port of Savannah, Georgia

U.S. Inbound Containers Surge to Start 2024

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – The main US ports enjoyed another stellar month in March, according to new figures from noted analyst John McCown

April 22, 2024
Total Views: 1064

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Port of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Falls Out of Top 10 Busiest Port Rankings for First Time Ever

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – Hong Kong fell out of the world’s top 10 container ports last year, for the first time in the history of container

April 17, 2024
Total Views: 2210

Friday, April 12, 2024
oocl containership

Container Freight Rates Stabilizing

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – While container spot rates on the Asia-Europe and Asia-North America trades continued to remain elevated, year on

April 12, 2024
Total Views: 2469

Monday, April 8, 2024
Armed men stand on the beach as the Galaxy Leader commercial ship, seized by Yemen's Houthis last month, is anchored off the coast of al-Salif, Yemen, December 5, 2023. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Houthis Back to Attacking Ships After Brief Pause

By Charlotte Goldstone (The Loadstar) – The past week has seen an increase in attacks on shipping in the Red Sea, and a Houthi spokesperson has sparked

April 8, 2024
Total Views: 1862

Friday, April 5, 2024
File photo of a containership in port

Carriers Unveil New FAK Hikes in Bid to Halt Asia-Europe Rates Slide

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – Container spot freight rates on the main deepsea east-west trades continued their gentle descent over the course of

April 5, 2024
Total Views: 864

Thursday, April 4, 2024
Baltimore Key Bridge: Container Lines Reroute While Automotives Appear Hardest Hit

Baltimore Key Bridge: Container Lines Reroute While Automotives Appear Hardest Hit

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – MSC, Maersk and Zim are the three carriers most exposed to the supply chain disruption stemming from the collapsed

April 4, 2024
Total Views: 2352

Friday, March 29, 2024
cargo ships loading at port of oakland

ONE and Yang Ming Provide Transpac Network Clarification for Post-Hapag Exit

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Japanese carrier ONE and Taiwan’s Yang Ming today issued a transpacific network update to apply following the

March 29, 2024
Total Views: 2167

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Stock photo of a ONE containership at berth

The Alliance Reinstates Transpacific Service to Reassure Shippers

By Martina Li in Taiwan (The Loadstar) – To reassure shippers that its transpacific coverage will remain strong, THE Alliance (Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, HMM and

March 19, 2024
Total Views: 1582

Monday, March 11, 2024
A worker on a container crane at the Port of Los Angeles

TPM24: Spot Rate Spike Hits Transpacific Contract Negotiations

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Based upon initial feedback to The Loadstar, there appears to have been only a handful of shippers,

March 11, 2024
Total Views: 1124

Friday, March 8, 2024
Yang Ming containership

Red Ink Warning for Yang Ming as Red Sea Spot Rate Gains Ease

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Yang Ming slid into the red in the final quarter of 2023, with a net loss of $43m after a profit of $483m in

March 8, 2024
Total Views: 2376


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