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Consolidation wave to challenge Maersk Line's key trades

A French acquisition and major Chinese mergers will soon give Maersk Line a run for its money on the huge routes between Asia and Europe, while a strong rival alliance will dominate the Pacific Ocean between Asia and the US, according to SeaIntel.

Photo: Leth Suez

French CMA CGM's decisive negotiations for the acquisition of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) and a major Chinese merger between Cosco and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) will challenge Maersk Line's position on the carrier's most important routes, those between Asia and Europe.

When Maersk Line entered into an alliance with Swiss partner MSC at the beginning of 2015, the world's two largest container carriers looked set to dominate the route between Asia and Europe. Now emerging alliances in the struggling container industry could alter that picture entirely.

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