Maersk Line increases distance to competitors

A majority of the 20 biggest container carriers are headed toward negative results for 2013, says Alphaliner, and the carriers have been systematically losing to the biggest players for five years. Yet they continue to build.

Continued low rates are about to send a majority of the 20 biggest container carriers into the red when the time comes to settle the books for 2013 as a whole, while the largest operators, such as Maersk Line and French CMA CGM, the world's biggest and 3rd biggest carriers, respectively, are increasingly benefiting from their economies of scale and systematically leaving the competition behind in their wake.

Swiss MSC, the 2nd largest container carrier in the world, does not publish its financial results.

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