SeaIntel: Maersk alliance will carry significant advantages

If the EU Commission approves the announced cooperation between the world’s three biggest container companies, the alliance will gain significant advantages. Yet the cooperation also threatens to contribute to a feared problem.

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The new mega-alliance between the world’s three biggest container carriers Maersk Line, MSC, and CMA CGM will provide the three carriers significant competitive advantages in relation to large-scale operations with low unit costs. This development will continue from the planned start of the cooperation in the second quarter of 2014 through to the end of 2015 in line with the running of the carriers’ major ships, estimates SeaIntel in an analysis of last week’s news of the so-called P3 alliance.

From the outset, the P3 alliance will have a market share of 38 percent which will increase to about 44 percent at the end of 2015.

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