Beginning April 1, 2017, the worldwide steamship line industry will be re-configuring itself into three new alliances: The Ocean Alliance, The Alliance and 2M Alliance. This Steamship Line Alliance update means that the carriers involved will be sharing space and combining routings, and while the B/L may be issued by one carrier, the cargo specified may load on another vessel within the alliance.
How might this affect shippers?
Over the next several weeks, during this reconfiguration, shippers may experience minor inconveniences as carriers revise schedules, reposition vessels and realign equipment and containers to accommodate the requirements of their new routings.
As of this communication, it is not clear yet which lanes will be affected or how. We are cautioning our clients that in April, possible concerns may include: schedule delays (maybe a couple of weeks), the possibility of space shortages on vessels, container shortages, and the potential for increased transit times and rates.
While these implications are beyond BDG’s control, we remain committed to providing our clients with the best possible service. We will work harder and longer, as needed, to find you the most expeditious, cost efficient solution to your complex shipping challenges.