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03 / April / 2017

Carrier Alliances Reshuffle

As a knock on to the poor financial results by ocean liners last year, culminating in the collapse of Hanjin Shipping towards the end of 2016, April heralded a ‘shake-up’ of partnerships between the carriers. The partnerships between the ocean liners, known as ‘Carrier Alliances’ are essentially alliances between the companies that own and operate the shipping vessels that transport freight around the world. They share their fleets in order to widen their global reach and extend the services they can offer. Up until April 1st there were 4 carrier alliances, but as of 1st April 2017 there’s been a re-shuffle leaving now just 3 and these new carrier alliances are as follows :

 2M Alliance – Maersk Line, MSC, HMM and Hamburg SUD. UK Ports of Discharge are Felixstowe and Southampton. 40% of capacity will be controlled by 2M.
• OCEAN Alliance – CMA CGM (including APL), COSCO Shipping (merged company from COSCO and CSCL), OOCL and Evergreen Line. UK Ports of Discharge are Felixstowe and Southampton. 35% of capacity will be controlled by OCEAN.
• THE Alliance – Hapag-Lloyd (with UASC), MOL, NYK, K-Line and Yang Ming. UK Ports of Discharge are Southampton and London Gateway. 25% of capacity will be controlled by THE Alliance.

We’re the experts! ConneXion has comprehensive knowledge and access to all three of the carrier alliances and their subsequent UK ports of arrival and transit times. Therefore based on your lead time requirements and UK delivery points, rest assured we will be able to advise you on the best alliance to use for your shipments, each and every time. 

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