Skou: 5-6 major carriers left in ten years
Søren Skou, CEO, A.P. Møller - Maersk
In an interview with the Financial Times, Søren Skou predicts that the consolidation among container shipping companies will continue, and it will be expected that there will be 5-6 major shipping companies in ten years. Digitalization can help drive the consolidation, he believes.
"My prediction is that the industry will continue the consolidation. In ten years, we will be around 5-6 shipping companies," says A.P. Møller - Maersk chief executive Søren Skou in an interview with the Financial Times.
Søren Skou finds that one of the driving forces behind the recent wave of consolidation among container shipping companies has been that many governments have withdrawn from the Middle East and Singapore sector, as well as South Korea chosing not to hold the hand under Hanjin, which went bankrupt last year.
"For Maersk Line, it's never good to compete with anyone who per definition cannot go bankrupt," says Søren Skou in the interview with the Financial Times.
He believes that the need for digitization in the industry can help consolidate as "the investments and costs to be used for digitization means that companies will be encouraged to merge," he says.
Source: Financial Times / Maritime Denmark