When Survival Exceeds Logic
The trend of alliances and mergers of shipping companies has not only changed the face of the shipping, but it has also redefined the elections of landfall at port, based on new parameters, as evidenced by the most recent Ports and Terminals Insight, of the consultant Drewry.
In accordance with Mundo Marítimo, in what Drewry has called an “revolutionary analysis”, the consultant examined the correlation between the property of port terminals from them shipowners and their elections of port terminals, based in the Other parameters are considered relevant for this decision (the choice of a port), such as their access to markets of entry or transshipmentalliances 2 M, Ocean and THE Alliance, with results that show that the decision of arriving in a port often not goes in line with the property of the terminal.
A trend unexpected
The results point to a trend that “even when a shipping company has a significant stake in a port terminal, this does not necessarily mean that you choose to that port to the itinerary route”. Other parameters are considered relevant for this decision (the choice of a port), such as their access to markets of entry or transshipment. These parameters are made each time more relevant to the shipping companies that already are hubs of business significant, responsible of boost the trade maritime, which is currently much more important that prioritize reasons of property to choose a port.
Drewry analyzed the relationship between i) the scope of the interests in port terminals of shipowners based on a selection of markets of access and transfer and, ii) ports of landfall of these markets, according to the selections made by them main threeWhat this shows is that shipping companies on an individual basis are not entirely in control of their own destiny when it comes to choosing ports alliances that will enter in operation in the second semester 2017. The markets of access include the ports of Benelux (Belgium and Netherlands), the Southwest Pacific and China / Hong Kong, while the markets of transhipment covered by hubs port in the Southeast Asian, the Mediterranean, Middle East, Central America and the Caribbean.
“What this shows is that shipping companies on an individual basis are not entirely in control of their own destiny when it comes to choosing ports, since their partners within the alliances may have conflicts in the choice of ports of call, according to their preferences and idiosyncrasies,” says Neil Davidson, senior ports and terminals analyst of Drewry.
Knew that a market led by the alliances surprised us with a new dynamic, but never suspect that would have an absolute change in them priorities, with a clear approach towards the survival in a depressed market. Already shall come the time that protect the business areas again to be relevant, but at the moment it’s survival of the fittest.