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The Chinese government and the influential China Shipowners’ Association (CSA) have expressed concerns over the recently proposed 2M container shipping alliance between Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC).

MSC Flaminia, which in September 2012 suffered a crippling fire claiming the lives of three crewmen, has been refitted as an eco-ship and re-entered service.

Having been left out in the cold by Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) the best option for CMA CGM could be an alliance with United Arab Shipping Co (UASC) and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), believes analyst Alphaliner.

The European Shippers Council (ESC) has expressed its concerns at the size of the proposed 2M vessel sharing agreement (VSA), suggesting that regulatory authorities impose similar conditions that were proposed for the P3 alliance.

The formation of the 2M agreement between MSC and Maersk answers some of the speculation since the collapse of the P3 alliance last month, but a fresh batch of questions have been created by the recent announcement.

Following the failure of the P3 alliance Maersk Line has announced a 10-year vessel sharing agreement with Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) on the Asia – Europe, transatlantic and transpacific trades.

The latest batch of requirements under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) come into force on 1 July 2014, including mandatory procedures to recover people from the water.

Plans for the P3 alliance of MSC, CMA CGM and Maersk have been abandoned after the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) blocked the deal under China's company merger rules.

The 93rd Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) session gave approval in principle to the draft Polar Code and adopted amendments to key legislation to provide the framework for mandatory IMO audits.

The International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) will meet in London for the 93rd time from 14 to 23 May to discuss key global legislation from keeping member states in check to responsible Arctic shipping.

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