GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

MANILA, Mar 1 (FAM) – The latest wave of mega-alliances, continuing consolidation of the container shipping sector, and the increasing deployment of vessels in excess of 18,000 TEU capacity is likely to put downward pressure on container-handling fees while also increasing the costs and risks for hub ports in the world’s largest international transhipment market, southeast Asia.

Dr Jonathan Beard, head of transportation and logistics at infrastructure specialist Arcadis, also warned governments and small to medium-sized ports in southeast Asia to focus on improving their services to shippers and forwarders in their respective hinterlands, rather than competing for international transhipment hub status – a status that the latest trends are pushing increasingly out of their reach.