New research sees MSC cutting lead
MSC could overtake Maersk as the world’s largest shipping line by as soon as 2021, according to industry reports.
Reports have begun to circulate after new Alphaliner data which shows MSC’s order-book has 16 vessels, a total boosted after anew order for five 23,000 TEU ULCV ships.
Industry reports are also estimating the value of each of the five ships at $152m per ship.
Once MSC receives these orders it will have a fleet boasting a capacity of around 4 million TEU.
Despite MSC’s growth plans, Maersk has opted to stick to its guns, with Chief Executive Soren Skou saying recently: “We want to remain disciplined on capacity and stick to our guidance of around 4m [million] TEU of deployed capacity because it helps us drive utilisation up and unit costs down.”
MSC already has the world’s largest containership, the 23,765 TEU MSC Gulsun.
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