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Liner companies' discipline crucial for improvements this year

Things are looking better for the shipping lines in 2019, but a series of initiatives need to fall into place to improve the liners' earnings considerably, writes Alphaliner.

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The coming year looks better for liner companies, though they will still need to arm themselves for uncertainties, says analyst firm Alphaliner.

2018 wound up as a tough year for the world's shipping lines, as overcapacity, weak rates and high fuel prices weighed down earnings significantly. And even though there are prospects of improvement this year, there are still several initiatives needed in order to boost the companies' earnings considerably, says analyst firm Alphaliner in a review of the past year.

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