Speculation that shareholders of Maersk Broker are looking to sell the company to its UK rival Clarksons has reverberated around the container shipping market.

The two shipbrokers form two-thirds of a panel that handles business for AP Moller-Maersk, the world’s second-largest liner operator.

Now the possibility that the Maersk family might be looking to sell their privately owned brokerage has sparked talk of a shake-up in container chartering.