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More slowsteaming will prolong Asia-Europa transports

Maersk and MSC, which together form the 2M Alliance, are among the shipping companies opting to extend sailing itineraries on the Asia-Europe string. One alliance makes the opposite choice.

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A series of liner companies will start to sail slower on the heavy container lines between Asia and Europe, where Maersk is the current market leader along with its partner MSC, reports maritime analyst firm Alphaliner in its weekly newsletter.

Slower sailing speeds save fuel and reduce emissions, thereby lowering costs for operators, which, as a trade off, spend more time transporting their cargoes.

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