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%.