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Perfect combination sends container lines' operating margins soaring

The world's largest container lines have been able to improve their operating margins considerably in the second quarter, says analyst firm Alphaliner, pointing to "a perfect combination" as the underlying cause.

Evergreen reported the best operating margin in the second quarter, according to Alphaliner's survey. | Photo: PR / Evergreen

The container lines have across the board been able to boost their operating margins considerably, as towering freight rates in particular benefited the sector.

Alphaliner has taken a closer look at ten of the world's 12 largest container lines, all of which have published positive operating margins for the second quarter. Three of the shipping lines – Hapag-Lloyd, Evergreen and Wan Hai – saw double-digit margins in the most recent period.

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