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. 

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.
01 Apr 2015
2M Alliance partners Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have added a fourth westbound trans-Atlantic service as part of a global revamping of their east-west routes.
Yang Ming container ship at Port of Los Angeles
23 Mar 2015
A U.S. Federal Maritime Commission member wants the FMC to ask the four major container ship alliances to supply new information on what they’re doing to reduce congestion at U.S. ports.
25 Feb 2015
Maersk Group made a record net profit of $5.2 billion in 2014, up 38 percent on the 2013 result and driven by a strong performance by Maersk Line, which reported a profit of $2.3 billion.
Maersk Kotka in New Orleans
11 Feb 2015
A weekend call by the Maersk Kotba on the North Europe service of Maersk Line’s 2M operation with Mediterranean Shipping Co. is the first call by the Danish carrier’s ships in New Orleans in three years.
26 Jan 2015
China is the main battleground for the world’s four mega shipping alliances, that collectively depart from 10 mainland ports every week to North Europe in 74 weekly voyages, according to Drewry Maritime Research.
26 Jan 2015
The new carrier mega-alliances are set to shake up market share on the key Asia-North Europe liner trade while shippers will benefit from a greater choice of services, and probably lower freight rates, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants.
11 Jan 2015
The 2M alliance between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. began in Dalian at the weekend when the brand new Triple-E vessel, Munkebo Maersk, left the northern Chinese port for Busan in South Korea, its second stop on the Asia-Europe rotation.
07 Jan 2015
Beneficial cargo owners are watching how the alliances will impact their supply chains between Asia and Europe and North America.
22 Dec 2014
Wilhelmshaven hailed its success in landing a third 2M service as a sign of ocean carriers’ growing interest in Germany’s only deep water port that is virtually empty more than two years after opening.