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Drewry: Two container carriers stand out

Container carriers are no longer in control of the rates, which now seem to have a life of their own. This means that savings and economies of scale now represent the new game in town, and two carriers are already ahead of the field in this regard, says Drewry.

In addition to the fact that Maersk Line and French CMA CGM look set to benefit from economies of scale in light of their partnership in the planned P3 alliance, the world's largest and second-largest carriers are also ahead of the game in several other aspects.

According to British analysts Drewry there are now fewer competition parameters separating the major liner carriers from each other, as it is becoming increasingly difficult to positively influence the rates. Cutting costs, using less fuel, and spending fewer days in ports; these are the first measures Drewry highlights as decisive going forward in terms of differentiating between winners and losers in the industry, and Maersk Line and CMA CGM have proven themselves to be leaders in these fields.

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