MSC continues to steam ahead as the world’s biggest shipping line as it readies itself for the upcoming split from the 2M Alliance.

According to reports, MSC are currently bleeding the charter market dry as it continues to buy containerships, and has increased its capacity lead over the second biggest carrier (Maersk) by almost a million TEU.

As well as introducing a series of brand new Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) this year, which includes sister ships that are currently the largest in the world, MSC are understood to have bought 300 second-hand ships in the past three years.

The carrier now provides around 5.1 million TEU of capacity across its fleet, compared to Maersk’s 4.2m and CMA CGM’s 3.4m.

As we previously reported, MSC and Maersk will be ending their 2M Alliance vessel sharing arrangements during or before 2025, and it is believed that both parties will be operating their own networks independently.

With their current appetite for building their fleet, it looks like MSC are aggressively preparing for life without their Danish partner.


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