- Consolidated services through multi-carrier alliances.
- Consolidated routes to serve more locations with fewer ships.
- Improved monitoring of hull and propeller conditions to reduce resistance and improve efficiency.
Beyond rising costs, higher bunker prices are problematic for container lines because of the delay between when fuel prices rise and when the container lines are able to pass those increases off to customers. This means container lines must spend billions of dollars on more expensive fuel without necessarily having the funding needed to offset the increase, according to maritime analyst SeaIntel.