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Analyst: Maersk's acquisition came in the final hour

Last call is approaching for large container carriers looking to join in on the consolidation wave, says analyst Lars Jensen of Seaintelligence about Maersk Line's acquisition of Hamburg Süd. He also thinks that the deal could lead to Maersk closing one of its specialized brands.

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With the purchase of Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line has announced its entry into the acquisition race during the large-scale consolidation wave currently taking place in the container industry.

And the carrier joined the game in the final hour, says Lars Jensen, CEO of Seaintelligence Consulting. After industry peers have fought intensely for acquisitions in recent years, Hamburg Süd was virtually all that remained.

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