Ocean Carriers

By Patrick Burnson · June 6, 2016
In the wildly unstable ocean cargo carrier arena, three major consortia are fighting for market share, with some players simply hanging on for survival. Meanwhile, shippers may expect deployment shifts as a consequence of the Panama Canal expansion.
By John D. Schulz · June 6, 2016
In a masterpiece of collaboration, Birdsong discovers an intermodal route to China in an innovative solution that melds rail, port and ocean carrier partners to handle unexpectedly large export needs.
By Patrick Burnson · May 13, 2016
Six of the eight “orphan” ocean carriers not included in the proposed OCEAN Alliance or the 2M Alliance have found a home of sorts, coming together to form a new vessel sharing agreement (VSA) referred to as "THE Alliance."
By Patrick Burnson · April 4, 2016
Analysts for the London-based consultancy, Drewry Maritime Advisors, say that the trend of “big ship obsession” may soon come to an end.
By Jeff Berman · January 8, 2016
The most recent edition of the Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates expects retail import volumes to tail off during the first quarter of 2016, with the holiday shipping season complete.
By Patrick Burnson · October 12, 2015
With the sinking of the El Faro last week, and the resulting deaths of its entire crew of 33, the viability of the Jones Act is again being called into question.
By LM Staff · August 1, 2015
As Executive Editor Patrick Burnson has been reporting over the last few years, the ocean shipping industry has been navigating tumultuous waters as shippers have worked diligently to control costs at the same time that trade has witnessed a spotty recovery in the face of global financial troubles.
By Patrick Burnson · March 1, 2015
Ocean cargo carriers vying for market share and sustainable profits are using a variety of methods to get the upper hand this year. Analysts say that while some are leveraging partnerships, others are wagering on reliability to trump that play. Shippers, meanwhile, are hoping that it will all amount to more than just zero-sum.
By Patrick Burnson · September 18, 2014
A recent hearing of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation suggests that the U.S. Merchant Marine industry may be poised for a major comeback.
By Patrick Burnson · August 11, 2014
The current shortage of officer corps seafarers is forecast to worsen and risks impacting ocean cargo carrier profitability, according to Drewry’s recently published Manning 2014 Annual Report.
By Logistics Management Staff · August 1, 2014
Earlier in the year, Executive Editor Patrick Burnson issued the forecast that 2014 would be the year ocean cargo carriers finally return to profitability.
By Patrick Burnson · June 23, 2014
While U.S. shippers may have been surprised by China’s decision to oppose the P3 Network, there had been rumblings of discontent voiced by their counterparts in Hong Kong for some time.
By Patrick Burnson · April 9, 2014
With the Panama canal expansion meeting its deadline in late 2015, shippers are busy determining which gateways would best serve their future needs. But even more strategic complexity has been introduced this year with consolidation of ocean carrier services. Rather than whistling in the dark, the leading ocean cargo gateways are keeping their guard up.
By Patrick Burnson · October 10, 2013
According to analysts with Drewry Maritime Resarch, ocean cargo container lines are still being squeezed out of providing “home-grown” integrated logistics services. This is evidenced by Maersk’s news last month that it has entered into an agreement to sell the assets of its U.S. trucking subsidiary Bridge Terminal Transport, analysts add.
By LM Staff · August 1, 2013
As executive Editor Patrick Burnson documents in this month’s Special Report, the business dynamics of ocean shipping continue to change for carriers as global supply chain practices become more strategic—putting pressure on those shippers looking to coordinate more modes in new regions around the world.

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