MSC is the world’s leading feeder provider according to a new analysis report.
Trades, Operators, Hubs by Netherlands-based Dynamar B.V. crowned MSC – which is also the world’s largest container shipping line – with Danish titan Maersk coming second.
MSC and Maersk are just two of three feeder operators active in all seven main feeder trades: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, North Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Caribbean plus four smaller feeder areas.
The 10 largest feeder carriers provide around two-thirds of global feeder Annual Trade Capacity. This means that the remaining third is in the hands of around ninety carrier groups. From out of the top ten, only three are not intercontinental or mainline carriers: X-Press Feeders, Unifeeder and Sinokor.
When looking at the connectivity of the main hub ports, Busan and Singapore demonstrate the primary importance of location, laying as they do alongside major trade flows.
The COSCO group’s position and investments at the Greek Port of Piraeus have clearly benefitted that port, Dynamar B.V. wrote. It is now the third busiest in the world by weekly transshipment service calls.
Other ports also featuring quite high that benefit from the connections with a particular mainline patron include Tanjung Pelepas (Maersk – 15th), Gioia Tauro (MSC – 18th), Tekirdag (MSC – 20th) and Kingston (CMA CGM – 21st).
The feedering analysis features data of 46 hub ports, 1,100 port calls per week generating around 60 million TEU in annual roundtrip feeder trade capacity.