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The past 18 years of container alliances

Since 1996 the number - and not least the composition - of the global container fleet's alliances has been moving steadily toward fewer, bigger alliances. Get an overview here.

Photo: Port of Gothenburg

Fewer, but much bigger alliances. That is the development that has taken place in the global container industry over the last 18 years, as is well-illustrated in a graphic overview produced by Alphaliner.

In the months ahead, the global alliance scenario will likely be transformed even further, especially in terms of the future P3 alliance between Maersk Line, MSC, and CMA CGM, which is currently just awaiting final approval from the US and Chinese authorities. And then comes the other big alliances.

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