The huge consolidation wave sweeping the container industry is about to wind down with Cosco Shipping's billion-dollar acquisition of OOCL, say several analysts to ShippingWatch. Two players look set to become losers in the wake of the trend.
Maersk Line has for the first time quantified its growth ambitions for Hamburg Süd, a takeover transaction the carrier is expected to complete before long. "It's a long-term ambition, but there's no doubt that our expectations are high," COO Søren Toft tells ShippingWatch.
There are no other interesting acquisition candidates for Maersk Line if the Hamburg Süd purchase fails, says Lars Jensen, CEO of Seaintelligence Consulting. Instead, the carrier will have to do what it should have done a long time ago, he tells ShippingWatch.
J. Lauritzen will gradually phase out larger dry bulk vessels when their contracts expire. "We're strong in Handysize, and that's where we've historically been the most profitable," CEO Mads P. Zacho tells ShippingWatch.