The latest S&P Global Monday release on Platts Americas Container Freight shows that non-Asian export cargo bound for the East Coast of South America saw the greatest freight rate decline, dropping 51.9%, or US$ 2,700, throughout the week, to settle at US$ 2,500/FEU.
Hapag-Lloyd AG, the German international shipping and container transportation agency has announced it has ordered 75,000TEU containers, which will be manufactured in China and delivered within the fourth quarter of 2021.
Danish vessel setting sail from Vladivostok this week is set to become the first container ship to tackle the Arctic sea route north of Russia. The Venta Maersk, owned by Maersk Line, and carrying 3,600 containers, hopes to reach St Petersburg by late September. That could be up to 14 days faster than the southern route via the Suez Canal.
France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, reported a first-quarter net loss and targeted US$1 billion in cost cuts to keep operating margins positive during the current market downturn. Weak freight rates in the past year have left many lines operating at a loss.
The largest ever container vessel to have docked in South America is currently in Valparaíso, Chile, after having called in Peru’s El Callao and Iquique in northern Chile.