Yang Ming, HMM and ONE urged to collaborate with MSC

Business consultants at AlixPartners have suggested the remaining members of THE Alliance should attempt to form a vessel sharing agreement with Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), the world’s largest containerline, as global liner groupings prepare for a major reshuffle early next year.

MSC is splitting with Maersk in their 2M grouping on the main east-west trades next year, with the latter recently poaching Hapag-Lloyd from THE Alliance to form the Gemini Cooperation next February, with MSC stating its intention to go it alone. Meanwhile, in a bid to quash speculation on liner departures, the members of the Ocean Alliance, the third global grouping, late last month committed to remain together through to 2032, leaving HMM, Yang Ming and Ocean Network Express (ONE) alone in THE Alliance as the smallest grouping. 

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