SeaIntel: Hidden values worth USD 250 million in Europe's feeder market

It is a costly exercise when major carriers transport small cargo volumes to smaller ports and thus achieve a low fleet utilization, according to an analysis which points to major savings by leaving feeder transports to other players.

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The major deep-sea container carriers can make huge savings by combining their cargo and using the smaller European feeder carriers which sail to smaller, but important ports. In a study, SeaIntel Maritime Analysis suggests that there are hidden values in the European feeder market for around USD 250 million per year.

The explanation is that even the major carriers often transport relatively small volumes of cargo to smaller ports. Meanwhile, their freight volumes vary significantly from week to week, weakening the utilization rate of the major carriers' own vessels.

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