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The new alliance networks will offer faster transit times between Asia and North Europe’s major hubs, but only at the expense of extended voyage times to secondary ports, according to new analysis from Drewry Maritime Advisors.

Drewry’s analysis of the pro-forma schedules published by the 2M+HMM, Ocean and THE alliances for 1 April concludes that the vessel-sharing groups have “tried to impress shippers” with faster transits on main routes.

For example, the 12 weekly calls from Shanghai to Rotterdam by the three alliances will see the average transit time reduced from 34.8 days to 31.1.

However, said Drewry: “The new alliance structure is skewed in favour of the main corridors in the Asia to North Europe trade, which makes perfect sense for carriers seeking the big volume business.”

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