A mere 16 months after overtaking Maersk to become the world’s largest container line in terms of slot capacity MSC will soon reach new heights as its vessel fleet is rapidly approaching the 5.00 Mteu mark.
MSC’s 753 strong fleet of owned and chartered container ships stood at exactly 4,956,720 teu on 16 May and the imminent deliveries of the MSC MICHEL CAPPELLINI (from YZJ) & MSC GEMMA (from CSSC) will thus push the carrier past the symbolic threshold before the end of May.
The two megamax ships will start their respective maiden trips in the ‘Lion’ and ‘Jade’ services on 30 May.
MSC’s growth ambitions however will not stop at this point and the Swiss shipping giant’s 1.66 Mteu orderbook of at least 127 vessels could see it reach a fleet of 6.00 Mteu by mid-2024, based on newbuilding deliveries alone.
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