‘Too many cooks’: Drewry’s verdict on THE Alliance

‘Too many cooks’: Drewry’s verdict on THE Alliance

Shipping consultant Drewry has echoed comments made by other analysts on the potentially unwieldy nature of containershipping’s new grouping, THE Alliance.

THE Alliance was announced last Friday and comprises six carriers: Hanjin Shipping, Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, MOL, NYK and Yang Ming. It will start in April next year.

Drewry described the members of the new grouping as “orphans” and suggested there might be “too many cooks” involved. Moreover, two other carriers, UASC and HMM, could still join THE Alliance taking the number of parties involved to eight.

Lars Jensen from SeaIntelligence Consulting told Splash last week that THE Alliance will be a challenge in terms of agreeing on a network. “In order to make this succeed it will require the members to cast aside significant parts of their own specific needs in the interest of the overall good for the alliance,” Jensen said.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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