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Friday, January 21, 2022
Shipping

Asia-US West Coast Spot Rates Spike Ahead of Chinese New Year

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Container spot rates from Asia to the US west coast spiked this week, ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday on 1

January 21, 2022
Total Views: 642

Thursday, January 13, 2022
rickmers maritime
Shipping

Older Containerships Enjoying Busy Year Ahead of New Emission Rules

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Continued strong demand for container tonnage has resulted in many sizes now being totally ‘sold out’ and their

January 13, 2022
Total Views: 2919

Monday, January 10, 2022
hapag-lloyd ship
Shipping

FMC Probe Into Hapag-Lloyd D&D Could Set Industry Precedent

By Nick Savvides (The Loadstar) – The US Federal Maritime Commission’s investigation into carrier detention & demurrage (D&D) charges could

January 10, 2022
Total Views: 2194

Friday, January 7, 2022
container ship at sea
Shipping

Shippers Wrangle With Decision to Play Spot Market or Go Fixed-Rate

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Volume shippers offered new long-term fixed-rate contracts by container lines are, nevertheless, still keen to keep a

January 7, 2022
Total Views: 826

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Ports

Port of Los Angeles’ Empty Container Charge Could Spark Negative Reaction from Carriers

By Ian Putzger in Toronto (The Loadstar) – US hauliers fear an empty-container dwell charge at the port of Los Angeles will see shipping lines delay

January 4, 2022
Total Views: 4058

Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Soeren Skou, CEO Maersk
Shipping

Maersk’s Acquisition of LF Logistics a ‘Significant Milestone’

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Maersk’s proposed $3.6bn acquisition of Hong Kong-based LF Logistics represents a “significant milestone” in its

December 28, 2021
Total Views: 2177

Thursday, December 23, 2021
port of los angeles and long beach
Shipping

The Loadstar: A Year of Covid Variants and Milking the Freight Rate Cash Cow

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Starting the year in lockdown and ending the year in lockdown, it all seems like a scene from the Bill Murray classic

December 23, 2021
Total Views: 1076

Monday, December 20, 2021
maersk ship
Shipping

Maersk Makes Winter Weather Plans for Stormy North Atlantic

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – A record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season has severely disrupted transatlantic liner services, adding to capacity

December 20, 2021
Total Views: 2941

Thursday, December 16, 2021
container ship
Shipping

Charter Vessels ‘Auctioned’ as War Among Carriers Heats Up

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Containership owners are holding “charter vessel auctions” for ships under contracts that expire next year –

December 16, 2021
Total Views: 2247

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Shipping

Drewry: Four Potential Supply Chain Disruptors to Watch For In 2022

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The fractious relationship between ocean carriers and their freight forwarder and NVOCC customers is seen as one of

December 15, 2021
Total Views: 1396

Friday, December 10, 2021
Ports

New Ningbo Lockdown Shows Covid Threat Hanging Over Supply Chains

By Sam Whelan (The Loadstar) – A new partial lockdown in Ningbo has highlighted the threat to container supply chains from China’s strict zero-Covid

December 10, 2021
Total Views: 1244

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Shipping

Shipping Alliances Drop Hundreds of Asia-North Europe Port Calls Due to Congestion

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Nearly a quarter of the scheduled port calls of Asia-North Europe alliance loops were omitted in the past five months,

December 8, 2021
Total Views: 2233

Friday, December 3, 2021
Hapag-Lloyd Container-ship BOSTON EXPRESS
Shipping

Hapag-Lloyd Agrees to ‘Eye-Watering’ $130,000 a Day for Panamax Charter

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Ocean carriers face ‘Hobson’s choice’ on the containership charter market: agreeing to owners’ hugely inflated

December 3, 2021
Total Views: 3221

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Ports

Pop-Up Container Yards Offer Pressure Valve for Port Congestion

By Ian Putzger in Toronto (The Loadstar) – Walmart has developed an empty space near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach into a pop-up container

November 30, 2021
Total Views: 3075

Friday, November 26, 2021
Shipping

South Korean Government to Launch Search for HMM Buyer Next Year

By Martina Li in Taiwan (The Loadstar) By the end of Q1 22, a roadmap to sell the South Korean government’s stake in flagship liner HMM will be unveiled,

November 26, 2021
Total Views: 1381

Monday, November 22, 2021
Shipping

CMA CGM Sails to Top of Carrier Earnings List in Q3

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – CMA CGM has shot to the top of the Q3 carrier earnings league table, posting a net profit of $5.6bn for the period.

November 22, 2021
Total Views: 871

Thursday, November 18, 2021
port of los angeles and long beach
Shipping

U.S. Exporters Call for More Scrutiny of Carrier Alliances

By Alex Lennane (The Loadstar) – Agricultural exporters in the US have called on authorities to impose greater scrutiny on shipping alliances and the

November 18, 2021
Total Views: 986

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Shipping

Politicians Claim Florida Ports Can Save Christmas, But Can They?

By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent (The Loadstar) – Politicians from Florida are talking-up the state’s ports as the solution to the

November 16, 2021
Total Views: 1476

Friday, November 12, 2021
containers at port of los angeles
Shipping

Transpacific Freight Rates Come Off the Boil as Carriers Ease Premium Fees

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Ocean carriers are offering significant discounts on Asia exports to the US and Europe as the traditional slack season

November 12, 2021
Total Views: 904

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Shipping

HMM Posts Record Quarterly Profit

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – South Korean ocean carrier HMM has wiped out two-thirds of the losses it incurred in the past five years with a

November 10, 2021
Total Views: 554