Inbound Logistics’ 2013 Shipping Lines Guide
Since economic recession began spreading around the world in 2008, the ocean freight industry has been in a period of marked transition. The rise and fall of global economies has precipitated a similar effect as global steamship lines try to balance capacity to demand—all while seeking rate stability and reducing costs.
Larger, greener ships are coming on line, which equates to better economies of scale and fuel consumption. Ocean carriers have idled vessels to reduce capacity and artificially stimulate rates; they have trimmed services—jettisoning intermodal chassis, for example—and entered into strategic alliances to share capacity and better utilize assets. Shipping lines are also tailoring their sailing frequencies, identifying growth markets, exploring new ports, and investing in container terminals.
Inbound Logistics' annual Shipping Lines Guide offers snapshot perspectives of leading shipping lines—detailing how and where they are investing capital in assets, services, and infrastructure to best meet your demands.
Parent Company: Grimaldi Group
Since 1967, ACL has been a specialized transatlantic carrier of containers, project and oversized cargo, heavy equipment, and vehicles, with the world's largest combination roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) containerships (CONROs). Headquartered in Westfield, N.J., with offices throughout Europe and North America, ACL provides five weekly transatlantic sailings, and markets direct CONRO service between the United States and West Africa under its parent company, Grimaldi Lines. The company also offers service for non-containerized cargo from North America to the Mediterranean, Middle East, South Africa, Australia, and Asia.
Web Tools: Booking and rate requests, express documentation.
Fleet Size: Five vessels operate in the core North Atlantic service, and various vessels are time-chartered to the Grimaldi Group.
Customer Awards: Honda Premier Partner Award; Customer Service Award, Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
What's New: Construction has begun on ACL's new Generation 4 (G4) CONRO vessels. The first of their type ever built, the vessels will be bigger, faster, greener, and more efficient than their predecessors. The G4s will have a 3,800-TEU container capacity, 311,077 square feet of RoRo space, and capacity for 1,307 vehicles. The vessels are 10 percent faster than their predecessors, yet will consume 50 percent less fuel per TEU. All five vessels will be delivered in 2015.
Parent Company: NOL Group
Sister Company (Logistics): APL Logistics
APL is a global container shipping company offering more than 80 weekly services and 500 calls at more than 140 ports worldwide. It combines intermodal operations with information technology and e-commerce to provide shippers with seamless and integrated transportation solutions. APL is a unit of Singapore-based global shipping and logistics company Neptune Orient Lines.
Web Tools: APL's HomePort Web portal enables shippers to book and track cargo electronically, and provides e-bills of lading. Terminals connect with truckers via the Internet and mobile devices, enabling them to manage cargo pickup and delivery.
Fleet Size: 132 vessels
Customer Awards: Clean Air Action Plan Air Quality Award, San Pedro Bay Ports; 2013 Best Cold Chain Logistics Provider, Asian Manufacturing Awards; Intra-Asia Best Shipping Line, Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards; Green Ship of the Year, International Maritime Awards
What's New: APL is on track with its 34-containership fleet renewal program, with vessel delivery to be completed by 2014. Ranging from 9,200 TEUs to 14,000 TEUs, these ships rank among the industry's most fuel-efficient, and are equipped for optimal environmental performance. As they progressively replace older and less-efficient ships in APL's fleet—as well as chartered vessels that will be returned—APL's new investments will position the company for future growth. APL is also achieving good results in its target to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2015. In 2012, the company recorded a 22-percent CO2 reduction against its 2009 audited emission baseline.
Parent Company: The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri)
Formed in 1978, The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), Saudi Arabia's first national carrier, offers ocean transportation services to meet the world's changing needs. The company specializes in project cargo, breakbulk, RoRo, automobiles, and containers. It contracted six new RoRo/container vessels in 2011—with three already in service—to provide increased frequency and better transit times.
Fleet Size: Six vessels by the end of 2014
Customer Awards: Best-Managed Company in the Middle East in the Transport and Shipping Sector, Asharqia Chamber
What's New: In August 2013, Bahri agreed to prepare a feasibility assessment to develop a world-class maritime yard in Saudi Arabia. The firm merged its fleet and operations with Vela International Marine Limited—a subsidiary of oil company Saudi Aramco—and took delivery of a new vessel—Bahri Tabuk—in July 2013.
Parent Company: China Shipping Group Company
China Shipping offers container transportation and related services including storage, transshipment, Customs arrival manifest filing, and intermodal on-carriage. Its 620,000-TEU fleet calls 12 China base ports and most river ports along the Yangtze River, the Pearl River, and their branches, providing fast, safe, economical containerized freight transportation. A total of more than 40 international routes round out the line's current service profile.
Web Tools: Tracking/tracing, electronic data interchange (EDI), eBrochure, sailing schedules.
Fleet Size: 155 vessels
Customer Awards: 2012 Ocean Carrier of the Year, Dollar Tree
What's New: China Shipping enhanced its Transpacific, Transatlantic, Mediterranean, North Europe, China Pearl River Delta, and China Yangtze River Delta services.
Logistics Division: CMA CGM Logistics
CMA CGM, founded in 1978 by Jacques R. Saadé, provides regular services to 400 ports on more than 170 main shipping lines around the world. With a presence on all continents, and in 150 countries through its network of 650 agencies, CMA CGM employs 18,000 people and transports 10.5 million TEUs annually. The group offers a complete range of activities, including transport by sea, river, and rail, and operates facilities in port—as well as logistics on land—to guarantee high-quality, door-to-door services. CMA CGM has also been investing in rail, inland waterway, and road haulage services and strategic shipping terminals worldwide.
Web Tools: Interactive schedules; routing finder, including line services and voyage finder; quotation requests; tariffs; container tracking; bill of lading printing (draft, waybill, original bill of lading); and shipment details.
Fleet Size: 414 vessels
What's New: In 2013, CMA CGM added 20 vessels to its fleet to improve service to its worldwide network.
Parent Company: China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO)
COSCO maintains 85 representative offices in 49 countries around the world, and operations agencies in 1,000 cities in 160 countries. Cargo handling capabilities include 20-foot and 40-foot dry containers, refrigerated containers, flat-racks, open tops, high cube, and other specialized equipment. Routes and scheduling are designed for rapid and cost-efficient service worldwide.
Web Tools : Automated 24/7 cargo tracking service, complete listings of services and schedules.
Fleet Size: 120 vessels
What's New: In addition to equipment improvements, recent scheduling additions and revisions have created significantly faster transit times. COSCO's 23 main line services connect more than 1,000 ports.
Parent Company: Crowley Maritime Corporation
Logistics Division: Crowley Logistics
Crowley Maritime Corporation, a privately held family- and employee-owned company established in 1892, provides marine solutions, and transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets. Services include cargo shipments by containers and trailers; refrigerated and speed-to-market shipping; breakbulk, heavy lift, and over-dimensional items; and rolling stock such as cars, trucks, buses, and construction equipment, all with company-owned specialty equipment and top-quality Lift-on/Lift-off (LoLo) and RoRo vessels.
Web Tools: Track-and-trace, sailing schedule, e-freight manager, tariff rate retrieval, inland rate table, online booking request, online freight payment, live chat.
Fleet Size: More than 200 vessels
Customer Awards: Top Line Haul Performance, Payless ShoeSource; Logistics Excellence Award, Toyota; Marine Environmental Business of the Year Award, Seattle Maritime Festival
What's New: Crowley Maritime's TITAN Salvage subsidiary and Italian firm Micoperi partnered in salvaging the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia, rotating the ship to an upright position. In addition, Crowley offered numerous extended freight consolidation stations in the United States, including a new weekly less-than-containerload service from Chicago. The company also entered the LNG market, and opened the CrowleyFresh cold storage and warehouse facility.
Parent Company: Evergreen Group
Logistics Division: Evergreen Shipping Agency (America)
Taiwan-based Evergreen was founded in 1968 by Group Chairman Dr. Yung-fa Chang, and commenced full container liner services in 1975. It has developed into a global carrier, operating a 560,000-TEU-capacity fleet and serving six continents.
Web Tools: Integrated e-commerce services via Evergreen's ShipmentLink portal; enhanced e-reports available to all customers, with new functions including event-driven notification, tracking reports, and statistics to help manage and monitor shipments.
Fleet Size: 150 vessels
What's New: Evergreen Line launched two new services to enhance its service network in the Indian subcontinent, and introduced a new Asia-West Coast of South America service linking Taiwan and China with five countries along the west coasts of Central and South America.
Parent Company: The Oetker Group
Hamburg Süd specializes in containerized temperature-sensitive cargo shipping. Company services link North America, South America, Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia, India, Pakistan, and Australia/New Zealand.
Web Tools: Cargo booking, tracking, and tracing.
Fleet Size: 174 vessels
What's New: Hamburg Süd added a new fixed-day service from South Africa to Argentina and Brazil.
Parent Company: Hanjin Shipping Holdings
Hanjin Shipping, Korea's largest container carrier, operates 60 liner and tramper services around the globe, transporting more than 100 million tons of cargo annually. With 6,000 employees in 60 different countries and 230 branch offices, Hanjin Shipping is building its global logistics network, which is also supported by the company's 13 dedicated terminals at the world's major hub ports and six inland logistics bases.
Web Tools: Vessel and port schedules, booking tools, cargo tracking, reporting, and rate and tariff information.
Fleet Size: 200 vessels
Customer Awards: Award for Operational Excellence, The Scoular Company
What's New: Hanjin Shipping added weekly service to Indonesia, served by four 2,500-TEU vessels.
Parent Company: The Albert Ballin consortium and TUI AG
Hapag-Lloyd connects all major ports worldwide via 93 liner services—including U.S. flag services. The carrier operates 330 offices in 114 countries, and offers a container stock of more than one million TEUs of all types, including one of the largest reefer fleets in the industry.
Web Tools: Schedule overview, download, and subscription; shipment overview listing; tariffs, freight rates, inland rates, essential terms, and local charges; detention and demurrage rules and regulations; sea waybill of lading download; track-and-trace by booking, container, or bill of lading number; import overview with Customs information; invoice copy download.
Fleet Size: 150 vessels
Customer Awards: 2012 Blue Circle Award, Port Metro Vancouver; Ocean Import Carrier of the Year, Whirlpool; Quality Service Award, John Deere; 2012 Carrier of the Year, Newell Rubbermaid
What's new: Hapag-Lloyd launched its Levante Express Service (LEX), with weekly service linking 10 ports in Italy, Turkey, and Egypt, including the hub ports Cagliari, Damietta, and Port Said for connectivity to Hapag-Lloyd's global service network.
Parent Company: Horizon Lines Inc.
Logistics Division: Horizon Logistics LLC
Horizon Lines is a domestic ocean shipping and integrated logistics company comprised of two primary operating subsidiaries. Horizon Lines LLC operates a fleet of 13 U.S.-flag containerships and five port terminals linking the continental United States with Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Horizon Logistics LLC offers customized logistics solutions to shippers from a suite of transportation and distribution management services, information technology developed by Horizon Services Group, and intermodal trucking and warehousing services provided by Sea-Logix.
Web Tools: Booking, track-and-trace, and payment applications that allow shippers to create customized reporting; event notification; and e-mail or threshold activity alerts.
Fleet Size: 13 vessels
Customer Awards: 2012 Platinum Carrier Award, Lowe's Home Improvement
What's New: In June 2013, Horizon Lines announced plans to convert the power plants on two of its steam turbine cargo vessels to modern diesel engines capable of burning conventional liquid fuel or liquefied natural gas.
Logistics Division: Hyundai Glovis, specializing in auto logistics
HMM is an integrated logistics company, operating 75 vessels and a global business network serving more than 100 ports of call worldwide.
Web Tools: Track-and-trace, booking, bill of lading, vessel schedules, customer reports, EDI, rates/tariffs, HMM21 Mobile.
Fleet Size: 75 vessels
Customer Awards: Terminal of the Year Award - Hyundai Pusan New Port Terminal, Busan Port Authority
What's New: In September 2013, HMM opened a new off-dock containeryard (ODCY) in Qingdao, China. It is HMM's first ODCY in China.
Parent Company: Intermarine LLC
Houston-based Intermarine provides worldwide ocean transport and inland heavy-haul services for breakbulk, specialized project, and heavy-lift cargo. The company operates offices worldwide.
Web Tools: Company information, rate quotes, weekly sailing schedules.
Fleet Size: 30 vessels
What's New: In 2012, Intermarine initiated service in Africa, offering multiple port access in Nigeria, Angola, and Ghana for new operations and project cargo headed to Africa.
Parent Company: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd.
In North America, K Line offers multiple fixed-day sailings between the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, and the Pacific Rim, and five all-water services between the U.S. East Coast and the Far East via the Panama Canal, as well as weekly fixed-day services between Europe and the North American East Coast and between India/Pakistan and the North American East Coast.
Web Tools: Global Route Planner, a route and schedule search tool for containerized cargo.
Fleet Size: 449 vessels
Customer Awards: 2012 Green Flag Award, Port of Long Beach; President's Award for Logistics Excellence—Import Marine, Toyota Logistics Services
What's New: In August 2013, K Line announced plans to add four next-generation car carrier vessels to its fleet.
Parent Company: A.P. Moller—Maersk Group
Maersk Line, the global containerized shipping division of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, is dedicated to delivering customer-focused, reliable ocean transportation services. The first Maersk Line vessel sailed in 1904.
Web Tools: With the launch of the new maerskline.com in September 2013, shippers now have more intuitive, easy-to-use online tools. The full range of e-commerce capabilities includes booking; shipping instructions; My Shipment; ETA notification; MyFinance with eInvoices, eDispute, eStatement, and ePayment; eRates; bill of lading viewing and printing; sailing schedules; and track-and-trace.
Fleet Size: More than 600 vessels
Customer Awards: 2013 Supplier Excellence Award, Eastman Chemical
What's New: The Customer Charter delivers performance measurements for eight essential transaction areas to streamline container shipment processing. Maersk Line also put 18,000-TEU Triple-E vessels into operation. In June 2013, the P3 Network alliance between Maersk Line, MSC, and CMA CGM launched to serve the Asia-Europe, Transpacific, and Transatlantic trades in 2014.
Logistics Division: Matson Logistics
Matson's transportation offerings span the globe from Shanghai to Savannah, and encompass everything from providing a vital lifeline to the island economies of Hawaii, Guam, and Micronesia to offering a premium, expedited service from China to southern California.
Web Tools: Online booking, tracking, billing, account balances, container tracking, EDI.
Fleet Size: 17 vessels
What's New: Matson's China-Long Beach Express offers weekly service from Hong Kong and Yantian, with a new second weekly call at Shanghai.
Parent Company: MOL Ltd. (Mitsui O.S.K. Lines)
Consolidation Division: MOL Consolidation Services Ltd.
Logistics Division: MOL Logistics (U.S.A.) Inc.
MOL (America) Inc., MOL's wholly owned liner subsidiary in North America, employs approximately 400 transportation professionals in 12 sales offices throughout the United States. Founded in 1884, MOL's business diversity makes it one of the world's most financially solvent transportation companies.
Web Tools: KPI reporting; online booking requests and shipping instructions; bill of lading searching, viewing, and printing; global shipment tracking; reports; sailing schedules.
Fleet Size: 922 vessels, including 114 containerships
What's New: MOL makes continuous efforts to improve service quality, and prove it with quantitative evidence. The company reports the results of key performance indicators such as vessel on-time performance, CO2 emissions, documentation accuracy, and EDI uptime.
Founded in 1970, privately owned shipping line MSC operates 460 container vessels, with an intake capacity of more than 2.3 million TEUs. MSC serves six continents, with scheduled liner services calling 316 ports through 200 direct and combined weekly liner services. The company offers worldwide coverage, allowing the rapid movement of goods through dedicated transhipment hubs and swift connections as on-carriage services.
Web Tools: Track-and-trace, schedules, container specs, contact information.
Fleet Size: 460 vessels
What's New: MSC introduced its Ipanema service from Shanghai to South America, calling Ningbo, Chiwan, and Yantian, China; Singapore; Santos, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Navegantes, Chile; Coega, South Africa; and Hong Kong.
Parent Company: Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
Logistics Company: Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd. (YLK)
Founded in 1885, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) is a comprehensive global logistics group offering ocean, land, and air transportation services that draw on fleets of specialized vessels, trucks, warehouses, and aircraft.
Web Tools: Bill of lading processing, bookings, customized reports, rate inquiries, shipment alerts and information, shipping instructions, container tracking, and vessel schedules.
Fleet Size: 846 major ocean vessels, including 126 containerships (includes semi-containerships)
What's New: With the introduction of the G6 Alliance in the Asia-U.S. East Coast trade, NYK Line has expanded its container services and ports called, while improving on-time performance. Overall, fewer ships were deployed with a greater average capacity, which reduces emissions and avoids adding capacity to the trade. NYK Line also took delivery of the second of its four new 13,000-TEU ships, which will operate in the Asia-Europe Loop 4 service.
Parent Company: Orient Overseas (International) Ltd.
Logistics Division: OOCL Logistics Inc.
As one of Hong Kong's most recognized global brands, OOCL provides shippers with fully integrated logistics and containerized transportation services, with a network that encompasses Asia, Europe, North America, and Australasia.
Web Tools: OOCL's Web site and My OOCL Center portal provide advanced visibility and exception management, enabling shippers, consignees, and logistics providers to keep cargo moving and delivered on time.
Fleet Size: 100 vessels
Customer Awards: 2013 Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association Award; Top Carrier Award, AgTC; 2013 Clean Air Action Plan Air Quality Award, San Pedro Bay Ports
What's New: OOCL is exploring new technologies to offer shippers enhanced visibility and convenience in managing their cargo in transit. The latest version of the OOCL Lite 4.1 app provides access to real-time vessel sailing schedules.
Parent Company: A.P. Moller-Maersk Group
Shipping line Safmarine offers a worldwide container shipping network, specializing in transporting cargo to and from Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent.
Web Tools: Online sailing schedules; e-rates; e-booking; e-shipping instructions; electronic transport documentation and bill of lading printing; track-and-trace; reports; alerts and notifications; online transport certificates; arrival notices; and shipment status overview and deadlines.
Fleet Size: Safmarine's vessel fleet is managed by Maersk Line.
Customer Awards: 2013 Ocean Supplier of the Year, CEVA Logistics
What's New: In 2014, Safmarine North America will strengthen its customer service foundation by creating a North America Commercial Services Center, supported by a combination of regional resources at its Houston, Texas, location.
Parent Company: Trailer Bridge Inc.
Trailer Bridge provides multiple weekly U.S. flag sailings between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico; weekly sailings between Jacksonville and the Dominican Republic; and weekly inter-island service between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Its fleet of primarily 53-foot by 102-inch-wide high-cube equipment provides door-to-port service.
Web Tools: Shipment tracking, customizable reports, booking, rate request, sailing schedule.
Fleet Size: Seven vessels
What's New: Trailer Bridge offers three 400-by-100-foot ocean-going barges for charter-hire for project work. The barges are U.S. flag and Jones Act qualified, and are designed for RoRo, float-on/float-off, breakbulk, and container cargoes.
UASC is the largest ocean carrier of dry cargo to the Middle East. Maintaining a commitment to serve the Arabian Gulf, UASC offers a wide scope of services to the Arabian Gulf/Red Sea and Indian Sub-Continent regions.
Web Tools: Shipment tracking, bill of lading, and sailing schedules.
Fleet Size: 54 vessels
What's New: In September 2013, UASC launched intra-Asia container service covering Japan, South Korea, central and south China, and Thailand.
Parent Company: Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation
Subsidiary Companies: Kuang Ming Shipping Corporation, Yes Logistics Corporation, Kao Ming Container Terminal Corporation
Established in 1972, Yang Ming operates a fleet of 88 vessels with a 386,000-TEU operating capacity.
Web Tools: Scheduling, vessel tracking, shipment track-and- trace, bill of lading processing, booking, and tariffs.
Fleet Size: 88 vessels
What's New: Yang Ming has invested in exclusive terminals in Los Angeles and Tacoma; Keelung, Kaohsiung, and Taipei Harbors in Taiwan; Antwerp, Belgium; and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In June 2013, the company launched its new China-Australia-Taiwan service.
Established in 1945, ZIM's network of global shipping services covers all major international trade routes, complemented by an extensive array of regional shipping lines, connected by 10 major hubs.
Web Tools: Shipping quotes submissions, cargo tracing, and vendor portals.
Fleet Size: 100 vessels
What's New: ZIM is deploying 420 new 20-foot open-top containers, which will increase its open-top capacity by about 20 percent.