2M

Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have announced plans for a 10-year vessel-sharing agreement  on the Asia-Europe, trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trades as the carriers strive to better utilize capacity in the wake of the failed bid to launch the P3 Network.

The vessel-sharing agreement will be referred to as 2M and will replace all existing vessel and slot purchase agreements that Maersk Line has in these trades. It is slated to take effect in early 2015, but the exact start date depends on the filing of information to the relevant authorities in the many jurisdictions that will be covered by the carriers, and in some cases the VSA will require regulatory approval. 

13 Jan 2016
Maersk Line is still the world’s largest ocean carrier by capacity but its closest rivals, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM, posted higher fleet growth rates during 2015, according to Alphaliner.
05 Jan 2016
Mediterranean Shipping Co. has resumed calls to Iran after suspending services in 2012 in response to trade sanctions imposed on Tehran for its nuclear program.
29 Dec 2015
The 2M Alliance stands to gain from the pending consolidation of the container line industry because the alignment of the five alliances to which the other major carriers belong will change and with it their services, making the consistency provided by the tie-up of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. more attractive, according to a senior MSC executive.
19 Oct 2015
Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Maersk Line today announced the withdrawal of direct services between Asia and the Black Sea as the 2M Alliance partners react to slumping traffic and plummeting freight rates.
18 Sep 2015
Mediterranean Shipping Co. has acquired a 45 percent stake in the Trieste Marine Terminal as the 2M Alliance positions itself to capitalize on a European Union infrastructure initiative known as the TEN-T.
13 Aug 2015
Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. are axing one of their Asia-Europe services in the latest cutback by carriers on the troubled route that is facing lower traffic and tumbling freight rates.
23 Jul 2015
The 2M shipping alliance between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. can expand its vessel-sharing agreement on U.S. trade lanes connecting to Israel, Russia and Saudi Arabia after a 45-day review expired Thursday without U.S. Federal Maritime Commission action.
23 Jul 2015
Maersk, the most reliable carrier in the industry, seems to be rubbing off on Mediterranean Shipping Co., which has seen its reliability improve since joining the 2M Alliance.
08 Jul 2015
Maersk Line has signed a $1.1 billion contract for nine 14,000-TEU ships from Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries, its third major order this year, as it accelerates a $15 billion investment program aimed at consolidating its ranking as the world’s largest ocean container carrier.
18 Jun 2015
Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. will add a Panama Canal service in July from China and Korea to four U.S. South Atlantic ports to handle rising U.S import volume to the fastest-growing region.
11 Jun 2015
Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. announced they are cutting capacity by a third on their recently launched Asia-Mediterranean services “to meet current and anticipated demands” on the route.
18 May 2015
Maersk Line has entered into a vessel sharing agreement with Mediterranean Shipping Co, its 2M alliance partner, and Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) on the Asia to East Coast of South America trade route.