Maersk, CMA, Cosco and HMM's earnings surged despite handling fewer containers

CONTAINER FEVER: Large container shipping lines are raking in money like never before, but the volumes of containers have barely changed since last year. Bottlenecks and delays keep volumes in check, although next year's financials will be "wild" as well.

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When looking at the container lines' third quarter, the most conspicuous common denominator is the large profits booked by all players in the sector.

Yet, there are nevertheless major differences between them and their abilities to capitalize on the historically high rates and rising demand in the market.

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