Survey predicts liners will need fleets of above 1.5m teu to compete on the main east-west tradelanes

Consolidation within the liner sector is set to continue in the coming few years, according to a survey carried on this site. Nearly three quarters of the more than 250 people to have taken our latest quarterly survey, MarPoll, believe there will be no liners with fleets of less than 1.5m teu operating on the main east-west trades by the start of the next decade.

Currently just five companies – Maersk, MSC, CMA CGM, Cosco and Hapag-Lloyd – have fleets above the 1.5m teu threshold.

MarPoll results will be carried in the next issue of Maritime CEO magazine. Other questions in the current survey look at dry bulk, offshore, tankers and the environment. There is no registration and voting can take as little as just two minutes – although we do appreciate comments left behind by readers too.

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