2M, the vessel sharing agreement between the world’s two largest liners, MSC and Maersk, is set to supersize the Asia-Mediterranean tradelane.
Alphaliner is reporting the 19,224 teu MSC Clara will shift from the Asia –Europe tradelane to service the Mediterranean on 2M’s AE-11/Jade service from March 27, becoming the first megamax to be deployed in a dedicated Asia – Mediterranean loop. In total, Maersk and MSC will switch eleven 19,000 teu class ships to the Mediterranean route, a tradelane that has typically been served by 15,000 teu class ships in recent years.
Commenting on the news, Andy Lane, a partner at CTI Consultancy in Singapore, told Splash today: “Reducing capacity on Asia-North Europe at a time of limited demand growth is helpful for that trade. However, increasing the capacity on the Asia-Mediterranean route as a direct result could end up being harmful in the battle to increase revenues on that trade, and especially if the other alliances follow suit.”