As of April 1st 2017, there are just three global shipping alliances: “2M”, “The Alliance” and “Ocean Alliance”
“2M” – Maersk and MSC
have a combined capacity of about 6 million TEUs, and that’s about 29.5% of the overall global market share in container capacity.
Maersk’s plan to acquire Hamburg Sud would push 2M’s container market share to 33.4%.
“OCEAN” Alliance – CMA, COSCO, Evergreen, OOCL
The Ocean alliance represents roughly 26% of global container capacity or about 5.5 million TEU’s. COSCO’s proposed takeover of OOCL makes it the 3rd largest global carrier, but will have no impact on alliance operations, though COSCO may have their eye on other acquisitions.
“THE Alliance” – Hapag-Lloyd, KLINE, MOL, NYK, Yang Ming
Since launching THE Alliance the three Japanese lines have announced their intention to merge creating the 6th largest global carrier and Hapag-Lloyd has completed its merger with UASC creating a combined fleet of 230 vessels and a capacity of 1.6 million boxes. THE Alliance currently represent roughly 16% of global container capacity.
NOTE – All three alliances are practical arrangements, which means that their compositions will change over time.