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The lowdown from Drewry on the longer-term implications of the expansion of the G6 alliance to other east-west trades, and what will need to be considered when US, European and Chinese maritime regulators sit down for their meeting tomorrow in Washington. Approval of both the P3 and the G6’s latest plans are pending, and lawmakers will have to weigh up the following fundamental point: the new mega-alliances could bring much-needed stability and security of services to shippers, but at a cost of severely depleted range of number of carriers.