Blank Sailings Yet Extra Capacity Due

Blank Sailings Yet Extra Capacity Due

According to the loadstar, a number of blank sailings are being introduced by carriers over the next few weeks, as early indications suggest that post Chinese New Year volumes will be lower than originally expected.The 2M Alliance have announced that the Feb/Mar loops...
Hamburg Market Share Shift

Hamburg Market Share Shift

The arrival of more 20,000 teu-plus megaships has seen a change of market share from Germany’s hub gateway container port of Hamburg to neighbours Rotterdam and Antwerp.A recent report is projecting a 5.1% downturn in container imports for Hamburg in the first quarter...
Alliances Chasing Consortium Extension

Alliances Chasing Consortium Extension

The steamship alliances have called for an extension on their block exemption agreement with the European Union this week, as they seek approval to continue their arrangements for another 5 years.The EU commission approved the current exemption in 2014, which allows...
Trump Monitoring Carrier Alliances

Trump Monitoring Carrier Alliances

A bill was passed this week in the US, which provides the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) with more power to regulate ocean carrier alliances. The revised Shipping Act was approved by President Trump this week and provides protection to container terminal operators,...
More US China Tariffs Expected

More US China Tariffs Expected

Accordingly to Bloomberg and a report by economists Citigroup, the next round of duty tariffs to be applied by President Trump are likely to be the costliest yet for US consumers. The report suggests that the US are preparing to announce further tariff increases as...
AE2 Service Returns Despite Demand

AE2 Service Returns Despite Demand

The 2M Alliance, led by Maersk and MSC, have reportedly confirmed plans to restore their jointly operated ‘AE-2/Swan’ Far East – Europe service, after previously suspending the service for three months. The loop traditionally operates between China and Korea in...