Container Shipping: Will New Alliance Structures Help Stabilize The Market?

By Sam Whelan (TheLoadstar) After the supply chain havoc caused by Hanjin Shipping’s collapse, and with an alliance reshuffle on the horizon, should shippers be hoping for further carrier consolidation? Or will the new alliance structure create more stability? Next April, the four major container shipping alliances – the 2M, Ocean Three, CKYHE and G6 – will become … [Read more...]

Box Carriers Forced to Cancel Sailings

By Gavin van Marle, Back in June, The Loadstar published a story which quoted a European forwarder who believed that the 1 July general rate increase – generally set at $1,000 per teu – was the carriers’ “last chance” to force rates up. To which one wit on Twitter replied: “No it isn’t – there’s the August, September, … [Read more...]