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Alphaliner: The first battleground for the major alliances

Container routes from the Far East to the Mediterranean, especially the Black Sea, look set to form the background for the first price war between the two new announced alliances, 2M and Ocean 3, both of which will increase their capacity significantly.

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Container services from Asia to countries in the Mediterranean, including the Black Sea and the Adriatic, look set to become the first actual battleground from early 2015 with the risk of a price war between the two new major alliances, 2M with Maersk Line and MSC versus Ocean 3 with French CMA CGM, Arabian UASC and Chinese CSCL.

Both alliances have announced their new service networks, and the routes on Asia-Mediterranean could represent the first actual showdown due to the fact that capacity will increase 11 percent on the route, corresponding to 14,000 teu extra per week, according to analysts Alphaliner.

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