On 1 June, Alphaliner counted 205 container ships deployed between Europe (North Europe and the Mediterranean) and North America (Canada, US East Coast, US Gulf, Mexico and US West Coast).
These 205 ships represent a total capacity of 1.14 Mteu, equivalent to a year-on-year increase of 13.7%.
A more detailed survey of the capacity changes per carrier shows a meteoric rise for MSC (+28.7%), which was already by far the biggest carrier on the trade.
MSC has been the main driver of Europe – North America trade growth, especially over the last few months.
To put things in perspective: 138,100 teu slots have been added to the Europe – North America fleet since 1 June 2021.
MSC’s Transatlantic fleet growth in that same period equals 112,800 teu.
This week, the Geneva-based carrier which currently already controls 44% of the total fleet capacity deployed between Europe and North America, continued its Transatlantic push by launching yet another standalone loop between North Europe, Freeport (Bahamas) and Mexico.