Turkish feeder operators are gaining the lead in the Black Sea

Turkish feeder operators are stepping up market share in container shipping in the Black Sea, covering for the decline in activity of most line-haul operators, a new Alphaliner study shows.

Amid the escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the capacity of the Mediterranean-Black Sea services has gone down by 21.3% over the past year. Maersk and ZIM have seen the most significant setback in the Black Sea market.

Termination of liner services of international line-haul operators makes it possible for feeder operators, primarily Turkish ones, to enlarge their footprint in the Black Sea. The Turkish Arkas Line has upped its market share most significantly: it now accounts for 21.5% of the total container capacity engaged here, last year it was 16.5%.

Alphaliner estimates the total share of Turkish operators in the Black Sea container market to be equal to 28%. At the end of last year, this figure was 19.8%.