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Alphaliner: 2012 results create new rate uncertainty

Some shipping companies have had a good financial year in 2012 while others will present losses. And the mixed results might lead to increased rate instability as carriers pursue different strategies to a higher degree than last year, Alphaliner assesses.

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Last week, Maersk Line was able to report a profit of USD 461 million whereas the Singapore-based APL presented a loss. According to Alphaliner, 2012 will have been a year of mixed performances among container carriers. And this might affect the rates in the year to come, Alphaliner states in its newsletter this week.

In the fourth quarter of 2011 the situation was different and most carriers reported negative operating results and therefore they had a common agenda. However, that is not the trend this year as CMA CGM and OOCL are expected to present positive results whereas a lot of the other top-20 carriers are expected to announce losses.

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