Scheduling chaos puts carriers under pressure from shippers

By Mike Wackett 16/01/2024 Carriers are coming under some pressure from their major VIP shippers to announce temporary network changes, so that their supply chains can be adjusted to match. Amid the scheduling chaos caused by diversions and delays, carriers continue to issue blank sailing announcements for Asian export loaders, even though the backhaul sailings of the […]

12 Nations Threaten to Hold Houthis Accountable for Red Sea Attacks

PUBLISHED JAN 3, 2024 6:21 PM BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE 11 nations have joined with the United States to send a final warning to Yemen’s Houthi militant faction, which has attacked Red Sea shipping two dozen times since November. The small coalition warned that the attacks are “illegal, unacceptable, and profoundly destabilizing,” and that the Houthis […]

As warships move into the Red Sea, carriers delay or re-route 100+ box ships

By Charlie Bartlett 18/12/2023 As US warships steam for the Gulf of Aden, Cosco-owned OOCL has stopped “cargo acceptance to and from Israel, with immediate effect, until further notice”, while over 100 vessels have either delayed or re-routed voyages rather than risk a Red Sea transit. This morning, Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen – whose company has some […]

Maersk halts local ship movements following attack

By Alexander Whiteman 15/12/2023 Maersk has told all vessels intending to pass through the Bab al-Mandab Strait to pause their journey until further notice. The Strait is at the entrance to the Red Sea, the approach lane to the Suez Canal. The line told customers: “We are monitoring the situation constantly and retrieving all available intelligence on […]

Carriers force through rate hikes and prevent new ‘race to the bottom’

By Mike Wackett 11/12/2023 Ocean carriers are mostly holding the line on the huge mid-December and 1 January Asia-North Europe GRIs (general rate increases), and appear to have finally turned the corner with their rate restoration drive. Encouraged somewhat by the carriers themselves, for the past few months several China-based forwarders have been undercutting agreed rates with […]

Carriers roll out new ancillary charges – ‘we’re going to need every dollar’

By Mike Wackett 05/12/2023 With container spot rates below ocean carrier unit operating costs on some routes, shipping lines are increasingly focusing on billing customers with a myriad of surcharges to boost revenue in what is predicted to be a tough period. In addition to the baffling EU Emission Trading System (ETS) surcharges carriers trading to and […]

FedEx tells pilots to switch to American Airlines feeder operator

Airline has hundreds of excess pilots as freight volumes contract Eric Kulisch·Sunday, November 05, 2023 FedEx Express is encouraging pilots at its cargo airline to take jobs at a regional passenger carrier because there isn’t enough shipping demand to fill everyone’s flying schedules. It’s the latest step over the past 12 months to align FedEx’s […]

Maersk cutting 10,000 jobs in face of ‘worsening market conditions’

In addition to layoffs, 2023-2024 capital expenditures slashed by $3.5B Greg Miller·Friday, November 03, 2023 Maersk, the world’s second-largest ocean carrier, revealed Friday that it is “intensifying” job cuts in light of the “worsening market conditions” in ocean shipping. “Given the challenging times ahead, we accelerated several cost and cash containment measures,” said Vincent Clerc, […]

Suez Canal fee hikes set to add to the pressure on Asia-Europe carriers

By Gavin van Marle 31/10/2023 Container shipping lines are set to see another spike in costs next year after the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced that it would increase fees on northbound transits by 15%. The same hikes, which will will take effect on 15 January, also apply to all other types of vessel except ro-ro ships, […]

Idle tonnage passes a million teu as bigger box ships go into lay-up

By Mike Wackett 18/10/2023 The amount of containership capacity idled has surged again, the latest survey from Alphaliner reporting 315 vessels (1.18 million teu) in lay-up, representing 4.3% of the global fleet. In its fortnightly review of the inactive container vessel fleet, the consultant recorded a big jump from the 271 ships, for 942,035 teu, shown as […]