Container Shipping Alliances Reduce Shipper Choice, Says ITF Amid EC Review

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) - The EU should end the block exemption against forming consortia the liner shipping industry currently enjoys, says a new report from the OECD-funded International Transport Forum. In September, the European Commission reopened its investigation into the block exemption which allows carriers to operate alliances on trades that serve the … [Read more...]

Maersk Line, MSC and ZIM Enter Strategic Cooperation on the Asia – U.S. East Coast Trade

Israeli container shipping company ZIM has reached a deal with 2M alliance members Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company on a new strategic cooperation on the Asia – US East Coast trade. Starting in early September 2018, the companies will operate five loops between Asia and the U.S. East Coast. ZIM will operate one loop and 2M will operate four loops, and the … [Read more...]

Japan’s ONE Alliance ‘Plays it Safe’ with Inaugural Service Network

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - Alphaliner’s analysis of Ocean Network Express’s Day ONE service network from April 1 – outside THE Alliance – reveals only “minor changes” to the current offerings of Japanese carriers K Line, MOL and NYK. “The Africa and Oceania routes will see no changes, with all current 3J service coverage retained,” said the consultant. It added … [Read more...]

Japanese Carriers Looking Forward to ‘ONE’ Network Launch

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - K Line, MOL and NYK are banking their future group profitability on the success of the Ocean Network Express (ONE) – the merger of the Japanese transport groups’ respective container businesses scheduled for April. According to reports, the trio say they expect to save ¥50bn ($440m) in costs in the first fiscal year ending 31 March 2019m … [Read more...]