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Operator MSC Closes in On Maersk With Containership Capacity

19th April 2021
Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) closes in on Maersk as largest operator of containership tonnage. With a larger orderbook, MSC could soon overtake its 2M partner as the world’s largest box line Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) closes in on Maersk as largest operator of containership tonnage. With a larger orderbook, MSC could soon overtake its 2M partner as the world’s largest box line Credit: LloydsLoadingList-twitter

Containership giant, Mediterranean Shipping Co is on track to overtake 2M alliance partner Maersk as the world’s largest container line by capacity deployed if it continues with its aggressive acquisition policy.

MSC operates a fleet of 587 boxships comprising 3.9m teu, while Maersk’s 711 ships have an aggregate capacity of 4.1m teu, figures from Alphaliner show. The capacity gap between the two stands at just 234,000 teu.

“Irrespective of past developments and fleet growth, the carriers’ opposing stance on container vessel newbuilding is expected to see MSC overtake its Danish competitor and claim the global top spot some time in 2022,” Alphaliner said.

MSC’s orderbook stands at nearly 660,000 teu, mainly consisting of ultra-large tonnage, compared with Maersk, which has only 42,000 teu of smaller tonnage on order.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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