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New giant ships for the P3 alliance?

The P3 alliance will allegedly operate with ships bigger than the Triple-E on the routes to and from the United States, if the US ports are expanded, that is. Media reports that the new ultra large ships will be able to hold 19,200 containers.

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The P3 alliance's three partners are currently in the midst of applying to the US Federal Maritime Commission for permission to sail containers to and from the North American continent. The plans to insert 19,200 teu ships on the US-bound routes are allegedly included in this application, according to Lloyd's List.

Maersk Line, MSC, and CMA CGM plan to deploy 130 ships on the Transatlantic and Pacific routes, ranging in size from 4,000 teu to 12,250 teu, according to the application. The fleet will grow to a total of 180 ships, and the application unveils the fact that the P3 alliance plans to insert the new ultra large 19,200 teu ships on the US-bound routes within the next ten years.

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