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Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou told American Shipper container lines need to adapt to permanent overcapacity, and cited Maersk's network management as the primary driver of bumper profits in recent years.
Panama Canal has seen fuller vessels and unscheduled "sweeper" ships moving cargo to the East Coast.
January 2015 totals for U.S.-North American Free Trade were higher than the previous year for rail, truck and air transportation, according to figures from the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
The group of companies, which includes its Canada Post segment and three non-wholly owned principal subsidiaries, reported net profits of $198 million in 2014.
The port handled over 5 million tons of steel in 2014.