So we have covered why alliances exist, in order for the smaller carriers to try and compete with the largest carriers. However, it doesn’t stop there.
Each alliance is run using a Vessel Sharing Agreement working document. This document covers the day to day aspects of running the alliance. It outlines the responsibilities of each partner and has rules covering what is acceptable behaviour from each partner.
Now, there are a number of ways this VSA document can be used. Lines that are not so used to working within VSA’s (I can’t name names here), have a tendency to either follow the VSA agreement to the letter, and/or not let the stowage coordinators see it at all.