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‘Risky’ alliances need controls, ESC warns

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Shippers’ council says global container market ‘in the hands of four major players’ will increase prices and reduce choice unless strictly monitored

European shippers hit out at CKYHE US trades agreement

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Alliance filing includes the ability to jointly negotiate with ports and use ships of up to 18,000 teu

Container trade 'to grow 7% in 2015'

Quarterly Clarkson forecast expects intra-Asia to boost figures, but long-term freight rate impact for larger vessels

World port unions challenge west-coast tactics

ITF questions PMA commitment to fair and negotiated settlement

FMC warns lines over congestion surcharges

Agency reminds carriers of the 30-day rule

BIMCO calls for ‘robust’ ECA enforcement

Governments need to police low-sulphur rules in Emission Control Areas to ensure level playing field, shipping association says

Shippers call for closer alliance monitoring

ESC's new maritime chairwoman Anne Lexelius says greater scrutiny needed of the impact of alliances on services

Competition implications of 2M and mega-alliances

Higher vessel utilisation of ultra-large containerships will give participants a strong hand, but improving profitability ‘involves much more’, analysts argue

Record price drop on Asia-Europe routes

Freight rates fall 20% to $934 per teu on key trade

Lines impose US west-coast congestion surcharges

Transpacific shippers hit with new charges of up to $1,000 per feu from today

Long Beach opens new box area to ease congestion

Temporary Empty Container Depot will use 30 acres of a vacant, undeveloped area of port

DP World plans $2.6bn purchase of Jebel Ali FEZ assets

Dubai-based port firm seeks to expand and improve profitability

NVOs launch alternatives to west-coast congestion

Different routing options offered to address supply chain risks of US port disruptions

More GRIs forecast on Asia-Europe

But rate increases expected to be short-lived and ‘given away’ in the weeks that follow, says Drewry

LA/Long Beach backlog lengthens

Queue of 12 containerships anchored outside California ports

Advice and Insight

Competition implications of 2M and mega-alliances

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Higher vessel utilisation of ultra-large containerships will give participants a strong hand, but improving profitability ‘involves much more’, analysts argue

What direction growth? (Part 2)

With the halcyon days of double-digit world container growth over, the North-South trades were expected to be a shining beacon of hope in the new low-growth environment. But are they delivering on that promise?

What direction growth? (Part 1)

With the halcyon days of double-digit world container growth over, the North-South trades were expected to be a shining beacon of hope in the new low-growth environment. But are they delivering on that promise?

MOL confirms 18,000 teu talks

Seaspan and Japanese lessors are possible charter parties in deal to be done by year-end

People

Norbert Dentressangle appoints group HR director to executive board

Ludovic Oster

Ludovic Oster will lead the incorporation of the 5,000-strong US company Jacobson, which ND acquired in August

FedEx Express reshuffles Asia Pacific management

Regional head David Cunningham returns to Memphis HQ to become COO

Niek van der Weide joins Cargolux

New EVP for sales and marketing returns to Europe following Qatar Airways role

Tech ‘big hitter’ joins freight automation firm

Former head of strategy at online travel leader Priceline, Robert Mylod, joins Freightos board of directors

Have Your Say

Competition implications of 2M and mega-alliances

maersk

Higher vessel utilisation of ultra-large containerships will give participants a strong hand, but improving profitability ‘involves much more’, analysts argue

Driver shortages are no surprise

Robert Jervis, director of freight and logistics exhibition Multimodal, says the profession has lost much of the appeal it once had

Pack it in! We mean it.

TT Club’s risk management director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox, highlights the dangers of badly packed containers and other cargo transport units (CTUs) and welcomes the attention the subject is getting internationally

Drivers can face penalties for illegal immigrants

Concern continues as number of clandestines stowing away in vehicles increases, reports Rothera Dowson solicitors