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February 08, 2023

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Topics related to the end of 2M Alliance MSC and Maersk will go their separate ways, which pulled back the curtain on another industry era. That means the largest carriers can operate at scale outside of a formal alliance. The potential impact on factors such as long-term pricing can’t be underestimated. Alliances allowed the carriers via their partners to build extensive service networks, distribute and lower the costs of deploying tonnage, increase utilization, and engage in capacity manageme

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January 25, 2023

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Maersk and MSC to discontinue 2M alliance in 2025 Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co are to close their 2M alliance vessel-sharing agreement when the arrangement expires in 2025. In recent years, there has been speculation that the alliance was coming under pressure as the world’s two largest container lines’ strategies diverged. Maersk has focused itself on becoming an “integrated provider of container logistics”, while MSC has overtaken Maersk in terms of pure ocean capacity, dramatically

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January 11, 2023

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Lines struggle to push up rates amid weak market fundamentals Container shipping lines are facing an uphill battle to increase rates as market prospects remain bleak. The recent traditional cargo rush ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday improved vessel utilization and boosted carriers’ confidence for a price hike. But the reality is less upbeat than expected. Container freight markets are expected to head further south despite a stabilizing spot rate index seen ahead of the Chinese New Year,

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December 14, 2022

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Topics on container freight rates Container spot freight rates are soon likely to sink below pre-pandemic levels. Declining freight rates are expected to slash container companies’ bottom line by more than half next year. According to maritime research and consultancy firm Drewry, the profits of key liners are expected to fall to $100bn next year from $275bn this year. Read more: Lloyd's List1 | Lloyd's List2 Topics on shipping lines Emerging carriers with smaller vessels deployed on Asi

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November 30, 2022

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Challenges shipping lines face Trans-Pacific carriers are rapidly accelerating the number of blank sailings amid declining US demand for imports from Asia, inventory corrections by retailers, and fears of an economic recession next year. According to Sea-Intelligence, the accelerated blankings come after US imports in September and October “can at best be described as a complete collapse in demand growth.” In addition, carriers are announcing additional blanked sailings every couple of weeks to

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November 09, 2022

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Maersk's transformation wins over customers Maersk's transformation from an energy and shipping conglomerate to an integrated container logistics group has proved a clear winner, with customers driving the process forward. With billions of dollars worth of mergers and acquisitions, Maersk withdrew from energy-related activities to focus on supplying services along the supply chain. The takeover of LF Logistics in the third quarter will further rebalance the business portfolio. Read more: Llo

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October 26, 2022

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Outlook for shipping rates Major Chinese seaports are seeing a drop in container throughput, underlying a continued weakening of cargo demand and freight rates. Due to slack demand on transpacific and China-Europe trades, rates are expected to continue lurching lower amid easing congestion. The release of containership capacity previously tied up in congestion, combined with slowing volume demand, has sent the supply/demand balance back to the pre-pandemic levels. As a result, additional press

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October 12, 2022

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Ports group seeks to close gap in investment According to the International Association of Ports and Harbors’ report, the supply chain disruption that emerged with the pandemic has shown up a series of weaknesses in the port sector that have been driven by long-term underinvestment in the sector. The report identified the principal gaps in port and port-related infrastructure in terms of efficiency, connectivity and accessibility, digitalization, decarbonization, shipping costs, and regulatory

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September 28, 2022

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Topics on shipping lines and logistics Many governments are looking for ways to fund emergency measures to shield their populations from the impact of the energy crisis. So it is reasonable to expect renewed attention on the lenient tax regime shipowners have long enjoyed. When an industry is raking in billions of dollars of profit each quarter and paying less than two percentage points of tax, expect politicians and the public to take notice. That is the situation facing container shipping, wh

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September 14, 2022

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Outlook for freight rates Transpacific container shipping markets continue their downward spiral, with spot rates now largely falling below $4,000 per feu on routes to the US west coast. The levels are said to be approaching the breakeven point even for the larger carriers. After a two-year frenzy, the container shipping market shows signs of normalization. The question now is how it will avoid past mistakes during a period of slowdown. Read more: Lloyd's List1 | Lloyd's List2 Measures a

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August 31, 2022

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Outlook for container freight rate The peak in freight rates may have already passed. But even getting rates down to a 'new normal' of twice their 2019 levels will take up to two years. Spot rates may have fallen by one-third from their extreme peaks, but shippers should not expect rates to return to pre-pandemic levels for at least another year. Markets are expected to head further south this year amid weaker demand after the peak season. As a result, spot rates on the China-US west coast tra

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July 20, 2022

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Congested US rail system threatens 'nationwide logjam' Los Angeles and Long Beach reported record high volumes in June. But disruptions in the inland supply chain threaten to set back work done to ease congestion. According to Gene Seroka, executive director of Port of Los Angeles, the US needs to solve the issues with its congested railway system to avoid further supply chain congestion during the peak season for containerized freight imports. "All eyes are focused on improving our rail produ