Alphaliner: Maersk Line losing market shares

Maersk Line will lose market shares to its competitors during the next three years and could lose its status as the world's largest container carrier to MSC.

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Maersk Line will lose market shares during the next three years, from 14.9 percent to 14 percent by 2016, regardless of the official statement from senior management that the carrier intends to defend its position at all costs, says Alphaliner in an analysis based on Maersk Line's decision to stop placing new orders ahead of 2015 combined with a significant return of chartered ships, while competitors have ordered large amounts of tonnage to be delivered in the coming years.

Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company, MSC, could, in light of its sizeable orderbook of 465,000 teu, take over the number one spot as the world biggest container carrier by 2016.

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