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Maersk and MSC remove capacity on critical route

The alliance partners are suspending a route between Asia and Europe. Although the move will have some influence, other shipowners must follow the same example for it to impact rates, says Drewry.

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At the end of the month, 2M alliance partners Maersk and MSC will close the AW/Swan string on the important container route from Asia to North Europe, reports Drewry.

The move will lower capacity on the route and could be interpreted as an attempt to limit declining demand contributed by the Asia-Europe routes in the first seven months of the year.

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