'Ocean Three' agreements will unite the carriers on major East-West trades.
Hapag-Lloyd says ships continue on, but agent says Suez Canal convoys disrupted by collision with Maersk ships.
Companies hope to put gray pool in place by beginning of 2015.
TSA says it will increase surcharge to reflect high cost of low-sulfur fuel, but give shippers a break to reflect bigger ships, slow steaming.
Port officials say a new consolidated South America service could further add to container business.
In response to seasonal changes in market demand, MOL and NYK will temporarily end participation on the Central China service.