Ocean Three Alliance

Ocean Three Alliance

21 Sep 2016
The failure of Hanjin Shipping has raised profound questions regarding the risks of ocean container transportation in corporate boardrooms throughout the world.
Feeder vessels take cargo delivered to transshipment hubs and gateway ports by mega-ships, such as the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, pictured, to smaller ports unable to handle such behemoths.
16 Sep 2016
CMA CGM is outsourcing some of its global feeder operations in a move rival carriers likely will follow.
The financial benefits of a merger between Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company could begin to materialize for both liners as soon as next year.
26 Aug 2016
Hapag-Lloyd shareholders Friday paved the way to a merger with United Arab Shipping Company and creation of the world’s fifth-largest container shipping line.
This is the first time United Arab Shipping Company's financials have been made public, revealing that the company's poor operating margins were exceeded only by Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine.
24 Aug 2016
Hapag-Lloyd revealed that the United Arab Shipping Company booked a loss in 2015 and is still losing money ahead of a shareholders’ meeting to clear the way for a merger.
News that the recently merged China Cosco Shipping would honor existing contracts until the Ocean Alliance takes effect follow industry rumors of mass shipper desertions from the company's constituent carriers, Cosco Container Lines and China Shipping Container Lines
19 Jul 2016
China Cosco Shipping says all its shipper contracts are safe until the new Ocean Alliance kicks off next year.
18 Jul 2016
Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company Monday signed a merger agreement.
HMM will be part of 2M from April 2017, and although container lines hope to have a smooth roll-out of the two new alliances, forwarders are not so sure and are planning accordingly.
15 Jul 2016
HMM joining the 2M Alliance has pushed carrier management to the top of the forwarder agenda.
Container lines are cutting capacity
09 Jun 2016
In what is possibly the most counter-intuitive development so far in this year’s unconventional trans-Pacific peak-shipping season, carriers have announced the suspension of two Asia-U.S. services.
25 Apr 2016
Betting on the troubled container shipping industry probably makes more sense than investing in it, and a bookmaker would be salivating at the permutations available to the eight shipping lines “orphaned” by the Ocean Alliance that was formed last week.
21 Apr 2016
Forwarders and shippers have expressed concern that the vessel grouping reshuffle that began with the formation of Ocean Alliance will leave customers with fewer choices and widespread service changes, but did not expect service contracts to be affected.
19 Apr 2016
CMA CGM, China Cosco Shipping, Evergreen Line and OOCL on Wednesday morning are expected to announce in Shanghai that they will form a shipping alliance, a move aimed at blunting the power of the major vessel-sharing agreement between the two largest global container lines, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co.
07 Mar 2016
CMA CGM’s revenue and profit slipped last year despite a 6.3 percent volume increase, but the French carrier said it’s counting on cost cuts and the pending acquisition of Singapore’s NOL to overcome a “tough” start to 2016.
07 Mar 2016
The impending shakeup of the membership in three of the four alliances among global container shipping lines will be difficult for beneficial cargo owners over the next year or more, but they may benefit from the changes in the long run, a top Maersk executive said here at the JOC’s 16th annual TPM Conference.
04 Mar 2016
CMA CGM this week released two trade announcements upgrading its coverage on trades to and from India.
02 Mar 2016
China Cosco Shipping and CMA CGM are hoping to form a new alliance with OOCL, Evergreen Line, and Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, according to sources in the Chinese shipping industry. CMA CGM strongly denied it was seeking an alliance with the carriers.
16 Feb 2016
CMA CGM and Cosco are leading efforts to create a new vessel-sharing alliance that could include Evergreen Line and OOCL and would shake up three of the four major east-west carrier groupings, the Alphaliner newsletter reported.
25 Jan 2016
China Shipping Container Lines has warned investors that it will make a 2015 net loss of $430 million on the back of record low freight rates and vessel impairment losses.
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.
13 Jan 2016
CMA CGM announced it is upgrading its Swahili Express, or SWAX, service between India and East Africa by adding a fortnightly call at Nacala, Mozambique.
14 Dec 2015
The brand new the 17,859 TEU CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin will on Dec. 26 become the largest vessel to call at the Port of Los Angeles, ushering in the age of the mega-vessel on the trans-Pacific.
13 Dec 2015
China Shipping Container Lines will exit the container trade under the merged and reorganized China Cosco Shipping Group, a move that raises questions on the carrier’s continued participation in the O3 Alliance it shares with CMA CGM and UASC.
08 Dec 2015
CMA CGM’s plans to bring APL into the O3 Alliance once the NOL acquisition is done has put the spotlight on the G6 Alliance and what the loss of its Singapore-based member would mean.
07 Dec 2015
CMA CGM plans to bring NOL’s liner division APL into the O3 Alliance that the carrier operates in with China Shipping and United Arab Shipping Co., the France-based line’s vice chairman Rodolphe Saadé said.
03 Dec 2015
Acquiring container lines is rarely easy, but CMA CGM’s track record will give it a good foundation to bring Neptune Orient Lines into the fold — if the France-based carrier’s exclusive talks with the Singapore-based company lead to a deal.
03 Sep 2015
CMA CGM and its partners in the Ocean Three Alliance are combining services to form a new string as carriers continue to try to reduce capacity on the oversupplied Asia-Europe trade.
12 Aug 2015
Trading of the eight listed units of Cosco and China Shipping on the Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong Exchanges has been suspended all week in preparation of a joint announcement by the giant state-owned carriers that is widely expected to be news of a merger.
05 Aug 2015
The idle containership fleet is continuing to grow amid a muted peak-shipping season and an increasing number of cancelled sailings on the Asia-Europe route, according to industry analyst Alphaliner.
06 Jul 2015
CMA CGM has reorganized the port rotation of its Europe-Pakistan-India Consortium, or EPIC, service by adding a direct call at Hazira, India, in an attempt to circumvent growing delays at the nearby public port of Nhava Sheva.
24 Jun 2015
The Ocean Three Alliance has taken the unprecedented step of withdrawing one of its Asia-Europe strings at the start of the peak season that will take 12,000 TEUs out of service, according to Alphaliner.
Hamburg Sud container ship
04 May 2015
Increasing cooperation between Hamburg Sud and carriers in the Ocean Three Alliance suggests it “seems only a matter of time” before the German container line joins the alliance, Drewry Container Insight said in a speculative commentary this week.
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.
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.
07 Jan 2015
Beneficial cargo owners are watching how the alliances will impact their supply chains between Asia and Europe and North America.
CMA CGM container ship in Hamburg, Germany
27 Dec 2014
CMA CGM on Friday released extensive details of the Ocean Three east-west alliance that it will begin early in 2015 along with United Arab Shipping Co. and China Shipping Container Line.
19 Nov 2014
The new ocean carrier alliances set to launch in 2015 will operate more reliable schedules, removing a major factor behind the congestion that has plagued major container ports this year, marine terminal operators said at the JOC Group’s Port Performance Conference in London today.