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Alphaliner lowers expected container growth

A weaker growth in the first quarter combined with the escalating trade dispute between the US and China makes Alphaliner lower its expectations for growth in container shipping.

Shippers bet on the EU to make liner companies more transparent

"It's not a 1:1 relationship between us and the shipping lines," says the European Shippers' Council, noting that the concentration among liner companies has only tilted the balance even further. Now the shippers hope that the EU can force changes through.

Main tradelane could take big hit from new tariffs

The key tradelanes between China and the US could be hit by significant decreases if both countries act on their threats of new and large-scale tariffs. Alphaliner estimates that volumes could drop by eight percent in 2019.

Container lines forgot their customers in their rush to cut costs

As the world's fifth-largest shipping line, Hapag-Lloyd itself participated in the consolidation wave that has characterized the sector in recent years. But the sector forgot the customers in its unilateral focus on cutting costs and achieving synergies, says the company's COO.

Japan's ONE expects to deliver a profit this year

Japanese container venture ONE has published its annual report and set figures on its expectations for the coming year. CEO Jeremy Nixon has also presented an action plan to streamline the organization.

Top container executives see slowdown in growth

Maersk COO Søren Toft looks with concern at the latest numbers for container growth so far in 2019, he says in an interview with ShippingWatch. ONE Chief Executive Jeremy Nixon expects growth in the global economy of as little as 2.5 percent.

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.

Extreme weather has become a real risk factor for shipping

More typhoons and hurricanes at sea, and floods that undermine ports and railroads, have become a risk factor for shipping. One of the container sector's leading figures, ONE Chief Executive Jeremy Nixon, warns against the development, which can paralyze shipping for days or weeks.

2019 has begun with a worrying drop in container volumes

Numbers for container volumes in the first two months of 2019, just published, are surprisingly negative. According to the CEO of Seaintelligence Consulting, Lars Jensen, the numbers are a serious cause for concern for the full year.

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