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Major port stakeholders discuss alliance options

According to ShippingWatch's sources, major port stakeholders are discussing potential alliance options in response to carriers' new alliances and their negative impact on the industry.

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If container carriers form alliances, why should the ports that service the alliances not mimic the strategy and join forces to benefit from the synergies of scale?

This is the question under discussion among selected key stakeholders from the port and terminals industry according to ShippingWatch's sources. The initiative is at an early stage and is still not formalized, though it is driven forward by the recent development in the container industry where fewer but bigger ships are calling ports less frequently, with the result that berths are left empty and jobless too often during the day. At least in some ports.

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