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Thursday, January 26, 2023
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MSC Continues to Strengthen Fleet for Life Outside the 2M

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – MSC is continuing to buy second-hand containerships, and does not appear to have lost its appetite for ordering

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

European Ports Brace for Slowdown as ‘Shopping Frenzy’ Ends

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – North Europe’s container hub ports are bracing themselves for the weak January import volumes from Asia to continue

January 24, 2023
Total Views: 658

Friday, January 20, 2023
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Matson Results Reflect Downturn in Transpacific Demand

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Transpacific container carryings from Asia to the US west coast fell sharply in last year’s fourth quarter reflecting

January 20, 2023
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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Cascading Tonnage Threatens Smaller Box Ships

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Ocean carriers are busy cascading bigger ships on to secondary trades in order to absorb some of their surplus tonnage

January 18, 2023
Total Views: 1627

Friday, January 13, 2023

Ocean Carriers Hoping for Post-CNY Demand Surge

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Ocean carriers do not expect consumer demand in North Europe to recover until at least March, when they hope container

January 13, 2023
Total Views: 843

Thursday, January 12, 2023

The One Bright Spot in Container Shipping’s Spot Rate Downturn

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Improved booking prospects show the Asia to Mediterranean tradelane is proving more resilient than the North European

January 12, 2023
Total Views: 1151

Friday, January 6, 2023

Peak Season Surge Could Be Make or Break for Ocean Carriers

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Container spot rates from Asia to North Europe, as recorded by Drewry’s WCI index, increased by 10% this week from

January 6, 2023
Total Views: 1756

Tuesday, January 3, 2023
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FMC Ruling Could Prove Crucial for ‘Unfair’ Detention and Demurrage Fee Complaints

By Nick Savvides (The Loadstar) – A US Federal Maritime Commission small claims officer’s (SCO) decision to uphold trucker TCW Inc’s complaint over

January 3, 2023
Total Views: 1397

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Carriers Face the ‘Quiet Before the Storm’ for Contract Rates

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – A year ago, shippers were desperate to agree annual contract deals with ocean carriers  to secure their supply

December 27, 2022
Total Views: 2290

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Container Shipping’s Idled Fleet Set to Soar Next Year

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Just 12 months ago, the 2009-built 4,253 teu Synergy Oakland was preparing to commence a two-month charter

December 22, 2022
Total Views: 8190

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
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Amid Container Market Turmoil, Shipping Alliances Prepare to Deploy New Megaships

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – THE Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Yang Ming and HMM have finalised their April network plans, which feature vessel

December 20, 2022
Total Views: 1848

Friday, December 16, 2022

Ocean Carriers to Increase Blank Sailings from Asia Post-Chinese New Year

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Against a background of extremely weak demand forecasts, ocean carriers are preparing to blank around half their

December 16, 2022
Total Views: 1687

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Crew ‘Feared for Their Safety’ During Transpacific Voyage on ‘Unseaworthy’ Containership

By Nick Savvides (The Loadstar) – Crew onboard the Zim Iberia have written to their crewing agents asking for redeployment after they claim

December 13, 2022
Total Views: 26252

Friday, December 9, 2022

Transatlantic Spot Rates Tread Water as Chinese Export Rates Tumble

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Navigating the container spot rate market has become a minefield for shipper procurement managers under pressure from

December 9, 2022
Total Views: 808

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Sign of the Times: New World’s Largest Containership Sails Light on Maiden Voyage

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The 24,004 teu Ever Atop transited the Suez Canal over the weekend on its maiden voyage to North Europe,

December 6, 2022
Total Views: 13342

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Could MSC Be Mulling a 2M Split?

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Since August 2020, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company brokers have completed the acquisition of nearly 250 second-hand

December 1, 2022
Total Views: 5667

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Maersk Revamps Network for Shipping’s ‘New Reality’

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Major Chinese export markets are showing signs of a recovery after the steep post-Golden Week holiday decline, led by a

November 29, 2022
Total Views: 1714

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Maersk ‘Test Case’ Could Shift Container Shipping’s Balance of Power

By Nick Savvides (The Loadstar) – Since the pandemic began, complaints of carrier misdeeds have circulated across the industry and around the globe. In

November 23, 2022
Total Views: 8581

Friday, November 18, 2022
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Carriers in ‘Panic Mode’ as China Bookings Plummet

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Ocean carriers are said to be in “panic mode” as bookings from China to North Europe and the US west coast tank,

November 18, 2022
Total Views: 25830

Monday, November 14, 2022
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Shipper Files FMC Complaint: Maersk ‘Flouts the Law to Rake in Profits’

By Nick Savvides (The Loadstar) – A Florida shipper has issued a complaint against Maersk and its subsidiary, Hamburg Süd, that includes a failure

November 14, 2022
Total Views: 6400