As the rates develop negatively due to the chronic overcapacity, a development that's expected to continue for the next couple of years, container carriers have focused on cutting fixed costs and increasing productivity in their global offices. And in terms of productivity, which is calculated on the basis of, among other factors, the amount of teu handled by each carrier on average per office, Maersk Line comes out on top in a new survey performed by analysts SeaIntel. Maersk Line has also significantly increased its amount of offices around the world over the last two years.
Maersk Line's closest rivals in terms of productivity are OOCL, MSC, CSL and Hanjin, which all have a productivity rate of approximately 30,000 - 40,000 teu per office. At the bottom of the list are CMA CGM, Zim, Cosco and Hamburg Süd, and according to SeaIntel this is because these carriers rely heavily on local offices.