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Huge difference in container carriers' bunker consumption

Container carriers' bunker consumption can vary by up to 20 percent, and this factor has a decisive impact on the companies' profits, according to a new analysis by Boston Consulting Group.

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Some container carriers manage to sail a lot cheaper than their competitors because they have a higher degree of control over their fuel consumption and are better at communicating with the captain in terms of reducing bunker consumption, according to a new benchmark analysis performed by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), which has compared container ships from 17 different owners, including eight of the world's largest container carriers.

In a specific analysis based on numbers from 2013, BCG has compared container ships in the 8,000 to 9,999 teu range operating on the Asia-Europe tradelane. And the analysis shows an 18 percent difference between the various ships in terms bunker-related expenses. BCG declines to name the carriers that top the analysis.

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