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Major challenges ahead for the P3 alliance

One of the most important issues to decide on for the three parties of the P3 alliance of Maersk Line, MSC, and CMA CGM will be which main hub the three will employ in South East Asia. The decision could affect the entire feeder network and force Maersk Line to restructure the Daily Maersk product, writes SeaIntel.

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A number of significant circumstances in the sensational alliance between Maersk Line, the Swiss carrier MSC , and the French carrier CMA CGM remain very secretive. The world’s three biggest container carriers are awaiting the authorities’ and particularly the EU Commission’s approval or disapproval of the extensive co-operation. Add to this a number of major challenges to be dealt with once the three carriers add 255 container ships to the co-operation.

According to the analyst firm, SeaIntel, one of the major challenges for the companies is the question of which main hub to employ in South East Asia. Maersk Line’s main hub is Tanjung Pelepas while MSC employs Singapore and CMA CGM uses Port Kelang in Malaysia.

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