Online leviathan Amazon has become the latest retailer to try to circumvent the congested containership sector to get goods to market.

Consultancy Alphaliner reported that the US conglomerate loaded a number of its own 53-foot containers on to an open-hatch bulk carrier operated by Gearbulk and Grieg Star joint venture G2 Ocean.

The 50,800-dwt Star Lygra (built 2013) carried the cargo from Shenzhen in China to Houston in the US.