Survey Says, Shippers Want Partnership With Carriers

By Gavin van Marle (TheLoadstar) Shippers would prefer to be treated by container lines as partners rather than customers, according to a new survey. Shippers want to be partners with carriershe European Shippers’ Council (ESC) and logistics consultancy Drewry Supply Chain Advisors jointly surveyed hundreds of shippers around the world on series of 16 service attributes and … [Read more...]

Shippers Demand Terminals Free Hanjin Boxes

By Gavin van Marle (TheLoadstar) Shipper organizations have called for terminals to begin releasing Hanjin containers detained by terminal operators requesting “high lump sum” release fees, following a court decision in Rotterdam. The European Shippers Council claims it “hamper trade flows between businesses and their global commercial partners”. It said: … [Read more...]

2M Alliance Clears Regulatory Hurdles, Plans January 2015 Start

By Keith Wallis and Sabina Zawadzki SINGAPORE/COPENHAGEN, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Top container shipping companies A.P. Moller-Maersk and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co cleared the last regulatory hurdle to launch a vessel-sharing pact, but companies that use their services voiced concerns, particularly in China. The tie-up won U.S. approval on Wednesday after four out of five … [Read more...]

Maersk Says Historic P3 Alliance Could Start Mid-2014

By Ole Mikkelsen and Keith Wallis SINGAPORE, March 21 (Reuters) - Denmark's Maersk Line, the world's No.1 container shipping firm, said it expects an alliance with its two closest rivals to start operating from the middle of the year after the tie-up was approved by U.S. regulators. The industry has been battling overcapacity since the financial crisis because new vessels … [Read more...]