The world’s largest ocean freight carriers, MSC and Maersk, have been collaborating in vessel sharing since 2015. However, a recent announcement confirmed they will be ending the 2M Alliance and going their separate ways by 2025.
Following a recent announcement, it was felt that this could lead to a shake up across the entire carrier alliance set up, but during recent days intentions have become more clear.
It seems both companies are planning to proceed as standalone carriers, which was pretty much confirmed when the Maersk CEO stated “Today there are three major networks, in the future there will be four.”
Global ocean freight carriers have been aligned within three alliances for the past 6/7 years, but seemingly we will be moving ahead with MSC, Maersk, THE Alliance and the OCEAN Alliance as the four networks.