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10. January 2022

Maersk is no longer the world’s largest container line as MSC takes the top spot


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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