Maersk to become baby brother in the Pacific following partner's exit

HMM's decision to not extend its strategic partnership with the 2M alliance leaves Maersk and MSC in a significantly weakened state in the Pacific. "2M will be the absolute baby brother," analyst Lars Jensen tells ShippingWatch.

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Maersk and MSC are set become the "baby brother" in the Pacific from next year, when the two container liners lose their strategic partner in the 2M alliance.

Monday, South Korean container liner HMM announced that it will join rivaling alliance THE Alliance from April next year. Thereby, Maersk and MSC, which make up 2M, will lose an important partner on the Pacific routes.

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