SeaIntel: Maersk and MSC losing their unique status

Maersk Line and MSC have traditionally been the container heavyweights, but today CMA CGM, Cosco, Evergreen and soon Hapag-Lloyd have climbed to the top of the container market and are challenging the lead of the two 2M partners. SeaIntel predicts that this development will only intensify competition.

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The world's two largest container carriers, Maersk Line and MSC, can look forward to tougher competition at the top of the industry as they see their unique size in the market fade, notes analyst firm SeaIntel.

Formerly, the two carriers behind the 2M alliance enjoyed a special status as the container industry's pace-setting heavyweights, but after several years of acquisitions among the competitors, the field of top carriers is widening. Today there are in effect five or six carriers which are so large that they make up a class of their own.

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