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2M and CMA CGM sail around Africa on the way to Asia

Like competitor CMA CGM, Maersk and MSC have also started sailing south of Africa with certain services on the route between Europe and Asia. The shipping lines can thus cut the cost of going through the Suez Canal, which has responded with discounts.

2M voids one in five voyages in second quarter

Sliding demand forces container alliance 2M, which consists of Maersk Line and MSC, to void more than one fifth of its voyages between Asia and Europe as well as Asia and the Mediterranean in the second quarter of 2020, reports Sea-Intelligence.

Skou considers changing management structure after Toft leaves for MSC

Søren Toft's departure from Maersk makes CEO Søren Skou consider changing the management structure at the world's largest container line. As ShippingWatch reported earlier Friday, Toft will become CEO of MSC, but Skou does not expect that this will impact the two companies' alliance.

Alphaliner: Scrubber-equipped container ships can sail faster

Container ships equipped with scrubbers will be able to speed up in 2020 due to their ability to tank and burn cheap bunker, thus providing a competitive advantage, writes Alphaliner. Maersk and MSC via their 2M Alliance look set to benefit in particular, the firm reports.

Maersk wanted HMM to remain a 2M partner

Maersk would have liked HMM to remain part of the 2M alliance, the company tells ShippingWatch. HMM also confirms that negotiations took place. Once the South Korean partner withdraws next year, 2M will need to find alternatives in the Pacific.

HMM joins THE Alliance

South Korean container shipping company HMM becomes full member of container alliance THE Alliance. HMM has been in a strategic partnership with Maersk's 2M alliance for several years.

HMM's new chief executive will visit 2M partners

HMM's new chief executive will this week visit Maersk in Copenhagen as well as MSC in Geneva "to consolidate the relationship" with the 2M alliance. HMM's agreement with the container alliance expires in April 2020.

Maersk and MSC remove capacity on critical route

The alliance partners are suspending a route between Asia and Europe. Although the move will have some influence, other shipowners must follow the same example for it to impact rates, says Drewry.

Maersk og MSC fjerner kapacitet på vigtig rute

Allianceparterne suspenderer en fast afgang mellem Asien og Europa. Selvom manøvren vil have nogen indflydelse, skal andre redere følge samme eksempel, før det vil påvirke raterne, vurderer analysehuset Drewry.

Maersk Line gives the cold shoulder to 2M partner MSC

This story could also have been titled: "Geneva calling Copenhagen," as MSC has, in a surprise move, made a public call for its 2M partner to sail slower and adjust its route network. ShippingWatch brings Maersk Line's response here.

MSC will sail slower and abandon unprofitable routes

MSC is in the midst of a large-scale process aimed at ensuring increased reliability and efficiency. This includes having ships sailing slower, and the company wants 2M partner Maersk Line to join in, President and CEO Diego Aponte tells Lloyd's List.

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