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SeaIntel: Competitors riding Maersk Line wake

The container alliances have learned precision from Maersk Line and Maersk has been rewarded with market discipline.  So is the assessment from the Danish shipping analyst Lars Jensen from SeaIntel six months after the alliances really found common ground.

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The container carriers’ cooperation in different alliances as a counterpart to Maersk Line´s Daily Maersk has made them better while Maersk has been rewarded with discipline from the alliances, SeaIntel shipping analyst Lars Jensen tells ShippingWatch.

When Maersk Line launched Daily Maersk last December in order to secure even higher reliability on its container routes, many of the big container carriers got together in what ended up being three alliances. The two carriers MSC and CMA CGM joined forces just as G6 was established by APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui OSK, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line. Furthermore, the four companies Cosco, “K” Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping formed the alliance CKYH.

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