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Maersk Line gives the cold shoulder to 2M partner MSC

This story could also have been titled: "Geneva calling Copenhagen,"  as MSC has, in a surprise move, made a public call for its 2M partner to sail slower and adjust its route network. ShippingWatch brings Maersk Line's response here.

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It is a rare event when otherwise hermetically sealed Mediterranean Shipping Company, MSC, talks to the media. The Italian Aponte family, which owns the world's second-largest liner shipping company 100 percent, loyally abides by the old motto that "the good and the wise lead quiet lives."

But in the last few days, CEO Diego Aponte has publicly criticized state aid and price dumping and the unruly mega-vessels, and now he has made what can only be described as an open call for business partner Maersk Line at a time that may not be entirely accidental.

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