LONDON: Transition to the new alliances’ services on the key East-West routes, involving the world’s 17 top ocean carriers, got off to a smooth start on 1 April 2017, and service disruptions have not been reported. Networks operated under the four ‘old’ carrier alliances (2M, G6, CKYE, O3) will be phased out over the coming weeks, as vessels end voyages on their current rotations. Gradually, the network is being replaced by revised services under the setup of the three new alliances (2M+HMM, OCEAN Alliance, THE Alliance).
The transition will also bring capacity increases across the board, as carriers gear up for another battle for market share in the Asia-Europe and Transpacific trades. According to latest data collected by Alphaliner, total weekly capacity on the Asia-Europe and Transpacific routes will increase by 7.1% and 7.4% respectively in April, compared to March.