The Mediterranean Shipping Company MSC has overtaken Denmark’s Maersk as the world’s largest container line.
MSC’s rise to the top came when the Swiss-Italian company took delivery of a container ship in Singapore, according to Alphaliner, a maritime consultancy.
With its new acquisition, MSC’s fleet can now carry 4.3 million standard 20-foot containers — about 2,000 more than Maersk. MSC and Maersk each have a market share of 17% in container shipping.
“Contrary to most other major ocean carriers, which reached their positions in the top ten through a series of mergers and acquisitions, MSC’s rise to the top was entirely organic,” said Alphaliner.
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