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Coronavirus & Containers

Daily news, analysis and updates from the Lloyd’s List team on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the container sector



How is the coronavirus affecting Containers?

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Digitalisation Technology

Queensland tests crew linked to New Zealand infection

The 2009-built, Liberia flagged Sofrana Surville had travelled from Papua New Guinea to New Zealand, where eight crew from the Philippines joined it in Auckland on October 13

International Asia Pacific

US west coast ports boosted by retail sales demand

The import figures reflect US retail sales growth, which accelerated in September. Retail sales increased 1.9% last month, the most in three months, after climbing 0.6% in August, according to the US Commerce Department

US States Containers

Sulphur rule and pandemic lift China’s bunker hub prospects

Sales of bonded marine fuel have jumped at Chinese ports this year as major bunker hubs overseas showed mild growth or even a decline in volume

Asia Pacific China

Clouds on the horizon for box shipping’s outlook

The pandemic was initially seen as an existential threat to container shipping, which has survived and thrived. But with economic and regulatory headwinds approaching, will carriers be able to repeat the trick in the future?

International Containers

Foreign crew repatriated at two Chinese ports

Liberia-flagged vessel Berlin Trader was sold by a German owner to Chinese interests, with most of the seller’s crew hailing from Europe and the Philippines. Lloyd’s List Intelligence data shows the vessel arrived in Qingdao’s outer anchorage on September 27 — 20 days before the repatriation operation took place

Containers Dry Bulk

Keeping the world moving amid an ongoing pandemic

At ONE, we like to think of ourselves as movers of life. We connect people and businesses with commodities and manufactured products by transporting them efficiently, reliably and safely across the globe. Despite the latest pandemic, life will find a way to go on. And as movers of life, we will be with you every step of the way as we navigate these challenging waters together

International Containers

Health crisis spurring impetus for digitalisation

Sea-based internet connectivity lags land-based broadband connections, while mindsets in the industry are also behind their counterparts in terms of data sharing and the approach to technology in general. Digitalisation must be seen as part of an organisation's core strategy in order to be effective

Asia Pacific Containers

US east coast throughput rises on improved global trade

Yi Xiaozhun, deputy director of the World Trade Organization, warns that ‘a descent into protectionism’ in the aftermath of the pandemic would be among ‘the greatest risks for the global economy’

International US States

From the News Desk: Trust issues for shipping’s digitalisation drive

Shipping is well aware of the benefits of digitalisation, from the improved safety of crew and vessels to emissions reductions and cutting costs; but while there is agreement that widespread adoption will eventually come, there are clear differences within the industry on the pace and scope of this change

Digitalisation Containers

Maersk cuts 2,000 jobs and raises full-year guidance

Maersk’s restructuring programme will result in the loss of 2,000 jobs, fewer than the number potentially affected. Strong performance in logistics and services have boosted outlook, but the pandemic still hangs over the longer-term view

Denmark Maersk Group

US ports boost throughput as global economy rebounds

The US Commerce Department underlined a significant difference between imports and exports, saying the country posted its largest monthly trade deficit in more than a decade in August as imports of consumer goods set a new monthly record, while exports stalled.

US States Containers