Drewry: US ports not ready for the alliances

Several ports on the US East Coast are far from ready to receive the bigger ships that both the P3 and G6 alliances are expected to deploy, says Drewry in an analysis.

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If the coming global container alliances P3 and G6 deploy their large container ships, as it looks like they will, several ports on the US East Coast will still not be ready to handle the massive ships, says British analyst agency Drewry, pointing out that the port expansions currently underway in most cases will not be ready until 2015, at which time the Panama Canal expansion was expected to be complete.

"Recent clarification of the port rotations of G6’s proposed services between Northern Europe and US East Coast/US Gulf from 2Q 14 underlines the great changes that are in the making in the Transatlantic. If all goes according to plan, Hapag-Lloyd, OOCL, NYK, HMM, APL and MOL will offer just three jointly run schedules from 2Q 14. And Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM will provide another three within the P3 alliance, in addition to two between the Mediterranean and USEC/USGC, assuming regulatory approval," says Drewry.

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