Drewry: Alliances put pressure on European ports

The large mega alliances among container carriers, P3 and CKYHE, could put the European ports under pressure, as they stand to face new challenges in terms of handling the massive freight volumes from cooperating ships.

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This summer the big ships in the P3 alliance will start operating on three different east-west tradelanes, and this means that massive volumes of Asian cargo will hit the European ports. This could have a serious impact on ports that are not geared to handle cargo volumes of this size, along with ports where intermodal cooperation is less than solid, says Drewry in a new analysis.

Meanwhile, Drewry expects that the other alliances - G6 and CKYHE - will begin to compete with P3, thus inserting even bigger ships on their services, a development that will result in fewer port calls for the alliances' ships, though it will bring larger cargo volumes, thus resulting in a much higher level of concentrated port activity at the same time.

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