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Friday, October 6, 2023
The M/V Berlin Express pictured at the Container Terminal Burchardkai in the Port of Hamburg. Photo courtesy Hapag-Lloyd
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Container Shipping: Analysts Warn of ‘Severe Downturn’ as New Capacity Hits the Water

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Asia-North Europe carriers took advantage of the Chinese national holiday this week to announce new headhaul FAK rates,

October 6, 2023
Total Views: 7850

Thursday, October 5, 2023
Hapag-Lloyd Container-ship BOSTON EXPRESS
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Carriers Batten Down the Hatches Ahead of Potential Worst Slack Season on Record

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Following Hapag-Lloyd’s announcement on Monday of a huge hike in its Asia-Europe FAK rates, CMA CGM has advised

October 5, 2023
Total Views: 7368

Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Stock photo shows a MSC shipping container being lifted onto a ship
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FMC Dismisses ‘Unjustified’ Shipper Complaint Against MSC

By Charlotte Goldstone (The Loadstar) – The US Federal Maritime Commission has dismissed the latest case against the world’s largest container line,

October 3, 2023
Total Views: 1342

Friday, September 29, 2023
A container terminal at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia. January 9, 2023
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150,000 Empty Containers Piled Up in Russia

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – The huge trade imbalance between China and Russia since the invasion of Ukraine has led to some 150,000 teu of empty

September 29, 2023
Total Views: 3416

Friday, September 22, 2023
Aerial top view of a containership at port
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Asia-North Europe Spot Rates in Free Fall

By Mike Wackett – Container spot rates from China to North Europe are in freefall with average rates dipping below $1,000 per 40ft this week having lost

September 22, 2023
Total Views: 919

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
containership ship bunkering
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Shipping Lines Hit by Rising Fuel Costs as OPEC Cuts Supply

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – As global freight rates continue to fall, container shipping lines are being hit by a huge spike in fuel costs. This

September 19, 2023
Total Views: 1638

Friday, September 15, 2023
Containership docking Port of Long Beach
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Carriers Pull Capacity to Boost Floundering Spot Rates

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Container spot indices are showing a sea of red ink this week, with short-term freight rates down on all the major

September 15, 2023
Total Views: 1671

Tuesday, September 12, 2023
smoke pollution coming from a container ship
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Maritime’s Decarbonization Takes Center Stage at London International Shipping Week

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The tenth London International Shipping Week (LISW) got under way yesterday with well-attended panel discussions at

September 12, 2023
Total Views: 1163

Thursday, September 7, 2023
zim containership
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MSC and ZIM Strengthen Shipping Alliance

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The world’s largest container line, MSC, is joining in an alliance with tenth-ranked Zim across “multiple trades”,

September 7, 2023
Total Views: 2499

Thursday, August 31, 2023
FILE PHOTO: Containers are seen on the Maersk's Triple-E giant container ship Majestic Maersk, one of the world's largest container ships, as it sails in the Strait of Gibraltar towards the port of Algeciras, Spain January 19, 2023. REUTERS/Jon Nazca/File Photo
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Container Shipping Lines Rake In $8.9 Billion Profit in Q2

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The second-quarter results of the major container lines were significantly down from the year before, but nonetheless

August 31, 2023
Total Views: 5757

Friday, August 25, 2023
Port of Rotterdam. Photo Credit: Aerovista Luchtfotografie / Shutterstock.com
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Asia-North Europe Rates Sinking Again as GRIs ‘Run Out of Steam’

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Ocean carriers are giving back their recent Asia-North Europe FAK rate increases via heavy discounts for October

August 25, 2023
Total Views: 1093

Friday, August 18, 2023
Aerial view of a container ship
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More Blanked Sailings and Rate Increases for Transatlantic Shipping

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Container spot rates on the transatlantic came under renewed pressure this week, obliging ocean carriers to cut

August 18, 2023
Total Views: 1386

Monday, August 14, 2023
Yang Ming containership
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Mid-Sized Ocean Carriers Navigate Troubled Waters Amid Profit Plunge

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Mid-sized ocean carriers are losing money and the outlook is particularly bleak for the smaller lines, obliging them to

August 14, 2023
Total Views: 2371

Tuesday, August 8, 2023
The Ever Max ready to transit the Panama Canal. Photo courtesy Panama Canal Authority
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Panama Canal Draught Restrictions Spark Liner Surcharges

By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent (The Loadstar) – Evergreen’s latest addition to its neo-panamax fleet had to offload 1,400 containers to pass

August 8, 2023
Total Views: 13857

Monday, August 7, 2023
Five South Korean Companies Vie to Take Over Flagship Carrier HMM
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Five South Korean Companies Vie to Take Over Flagship Carrier HMM

By Martina Li in Taiwan (The Loadstar) – Five South Korean corporations have shown an interest in taking over flagship carrier HMM. State-controlled

August 7, 2023
Total Views: 2787

Thursday, August 3, 2023
Aerial top view of a containership at port
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Container Lessors Benefit from Rising Demand and Slow Steaming

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Container leasing companies reported a slowdown in the return of boxes by ocean carrier customers in the second

August 3, 2023
Total Views: 1384

Wednesday, August 2, 2023
The CMA CGM Marco Polo container ship passes under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, to enter New York Harbor. Photo: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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Transatlantic Carriers Change Course

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Transatlantic container rates from North Europe to the US east coast have fallen below pre-pandemic levels after ocean

August 2, 2023
Total Views: 3178

Friday, July 28, 2023
Trucks At Port Of LA
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FMC Improves Container Data-Sharing to Address Supply Chain Bottlenecks

By Alex Whiteman (The Loadstar) – The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) this week unveiled plans for a major shake-up in the collection and return

July 28, 2023
Total Views: 831

Friday, July 21, 2023
Aerial top view of a containership underway
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Container Spot Rates: Mixed Fortunes on Transpacific and Transatlantic Trade Lanes

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Container spot rates from Asia to the US spiked this week, while carriers managed to halt the decline in short-term

July 21, 2023
Total Views: 1027

Wednesday, July 19, 2023
The LNG-powered containership, the CMA CGM, on the river Elbe near the city of Hamburg, Germany, February 14, 2021. Photo: FrankHH / Shutterstock.com
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CMA CGM Sets Course to Overtake Maersk in Shipping Line Rankings

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – With its huge orderbook of 122 ships, for a capacity of 1.24m teu, CMA CGM is on course to overtake Maersk as the

July 19, 2023
Total Views: 3332
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