This year container shipping companies will once again undergo a consolidatory move in order to combat overcapacity. Previously, the 14 ocean carriers were split into 4 different alliances between themselves. The 2M Alliance which consisted of Maersk and MSC. The Ocean Three Alliance with CMA CGM, UASC, and China Shipping as members. The G6 Alliance; NYK Line, OOCL, APL, MOL, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM. And the CKYHE Alliance; K Line, COSCO, Hanjin Shipping, Evergreen, Yang Ming.
On April 1st, the alliances will change to:
- The Alliance: NYK, MOL, K Line, Yang Ming, Hapag-Lloyd, UASC
- Ocean Alliance: CMA CGM, Evergreen, OOCL, COSCO Shipping
- Maersk and MSC will remain as is in the 2M Alliance
How the new 2017 shipping alliances will effect the port of Oakland is anyone's guess. But you should be prepared for delays in operations during the first week of April. No loss of container shipping volume is expected despite the port of Oakland losing 3 weekly routes.