Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd has given his opinion on what he thinks will happen to global shipping alliances, given the recent announcements that China Shipping and Cosco had formed a new entity and effectively merged their container shipping businesses, as well as the other developments taking place in the industry, according to ShippingWatch.
Jansen said: “We're making progress in our talks, and I expect we'll have more clarification during the next two months.
“We don't just want to share slots, we want to participate in an integrated alliance where we can think in an end-to-end basis, as this is the only way to remain competitive in the future.
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“I don't think you should expect to see us teaming up with 2M, the chances of that happening are very slim. Everything else is currently being discussed and negotiated.
“We're confident that we can create a group of partners looking to collaborate in the way that we want. The right partners are absolutely out there, but the discussions are still ongoing.”
It was previously reported by PTI that Hapag’s most recent plan involves focusing on special cargo, with its special cargo division in Germany established for major markets in Asia and North and South America.