Today the following circular is spread by MSC in the market place:
For and on behalf of our principal MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., Geneva, we like to inform you
that MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. has announced a 10 year Vessel Sharing Agreement with
Maersk Line that will cover the three main East-West trade lanes: Asia-Europe, Trans-Pacific and Trans-
Atlantic. It will replace all current VSAs and slot purchase agreements that MSC has with Maersk Line on
This new VSA service co-operation will be known as 2M and will provide approximately 185 vessels operating
“MSC is pleased to have reached this agreement with Maersk Line. It represents another positive step in our
continual drive to enhance our operational network in terms of scope, scale, efficiency and reliability. Our
customers will be able to enjoy these benefits alongside the world class customer service that has been the
cornerstone of our business since our formation in 1970.” says Diego Aponte, MSC Vice President.
Mr Aponte continues “The 2M Vessel Sharing Agreement will enable us to achieve significant reductions in
fuel consumption, driving down the carbon footprint of our shipping operations. With sustainability a key area
of focus for MSC, we’re delighted that this vessel sharing agreement will mean major cuts in emissions while
simultaneously enhancing our service to customers.”
Unlike P3, this VSA cooperation agreement will have a smaller combined market share and operate just as a
VSA without any separate independent organisation with executive powers managing this network.
• The VSA will improve the network efficiency and allow for lower slot costs through improved utilisation
of vessel capacity and economies of scale.
• The VSA will provide more sailings and direct port pairs.
• The VSA includes 185 vessels with an estimated capacity of 2.1 million TEU on 21 strings in the Asia
– Europe, Transatlantic (Europe – US East Coast) and Transpacific (Asia – US East & West Coast)
• The 21 strings are split as follows: Asia/North Europe: 6, Asia/Mediterranean: 4, Asia/US West Coast: 4,
Asia/US East Coast: 2, North Europe/USA: 3, Mediterranean/USA: 2.
• Maersk Line will contribute with approximately 110 vessels with a nominal capacity of app. 1.2 million
TEU (55% of the total capacity).
• MSC will contribute with approximately 75 vessels with a nominal capacity of app. 0.9 million TEU
(45% of the total capacity).
• Vessels deployed in the VSA will continue to be operated by the two individual lines.
• The VSA does not include joint marine operations. Each party will thus execute their own operations
including stowage, voyage planning and port operations.
• The VSA does not include any commercial tasks or responsibilities.
• A joint coordination committee will monitor day to day management of the network.
• The duration of the VSA is 10 years.
• The VSA is expected to start early 2015. The starting date is conditioned by filing of information to and
in some cases approvals by relevant maritime authorities.