13 October 2010
Forecast: BIMCO expects the fourth quarter to be a difficult one, with volumes going down from recent highs. This may also mean idling vessels becomes more normal again as they are removed from stings or simply temporarily abundant as volumes tighten.
During the first half of 2010 the container trade has made a remarkable comeback. Rates have doubled on many routes and volumes have returned from the abyss to the benefit of many owners who have switched from red ink to black as a result of this.
14 April 2011
Container rates have been sliding on all the major trading lanes since July 2010, with the exception of a small hiccough round the turn of the year
15 March 2010
In an effort to ascertain the possible far reaching consequences of the influx of new giant containerships on order
16 March 2015
The labour conflict that caused a widespread and highly disruptive strike and subsequent congestion in most US West Coast ports, especially for the container shipping industry ended toward the end of February.
13 December 2011
Overall demand for container shipping is not as bad as one might think from looking at the freight rates. But for an industry that has grown by close to 10% p.a. over the past decade, it does take time to adjust and adjust to a demand growth half as strong.
17 February 2011
As the Chinese Lunar New Year draws to an end, the container lines have already prepared themselves for a strong rebound. In fact they must have been
24 March 2011
Spot rates for shipping of containers out of Shanghai bound for Europe have now slipped below the USD 1,000 per TEU–mark for the first time since March 2009. Following yet another weekly drop in freight rates on this main trading lane, boxes are now being shipped off at USD 992 per TEU, USD 27 per TEU lower than last week.
11 October 2013
Following five weak months of demand growth (January-May), transported container volumes are finally growing on the Far East to Europe trading lane – as much as 1.9% y-o-y in the first seven months of 2013.
19 August 2013
The balancing act continues, as demand moves forward at snail’s pace while a new record-sized containership is deployed in the Asia-Europe trading lane
13 February 2013
There is room for some optimism in the container ship business, as witnessed by the number of loaded containers going into the ports on the US West Coast. Here, demand increased by 1.7% during 2012, more than making up for the fall in demand in 2011.