Massive congestion in Long Beach is the wild card in the container sector
The large buildup of container ships off Long Beach and Los Angeles is having a ripple effect throughout the container sector, where an alliance has recently heralded canceled sailings. The bottlenecks are the wild card that will decide when the market normalizes, say Flexport and shipping analyst.
The current tanker market is catastrophically poor with unprecedented low rates in the otherwise attractive winter months, Norden CEO Jan Rindbo tells ShippingWatch. That is why he projects that Norden's earnings will almost halve in 2021, compared to 2020's record result.
Despite a strong second half-year, Kuehne + Nagel's container volumes declined overall in 2020. Sky-high demand and container shortages have led the logistics company to focus on its "key customers" during the pandemic, says CEO Detlef Trefzger.
A series of shipping companies including DFDS and Klaveness, as well as commodity trader Trafigura, call on the EU to bet on ammonia and hydrogen as the marine fuels of the future. LNG and biofuels emit too much CO2, they say.