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Maersk's position as world's largest is coming to an end

An era may come to an end as early as next year for Maersk, as competitor and alliance partner MSC, with Søren Toft at the helm, looks set to become the world's largest container line.

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Maersk may have to dethrone from its position as the world's largest container line as early as 2022 and hand the crown to its Italian competitor and alliance partner, MSC, reveal data in Alphaliner's latest newsletter.

The newsletter, which is perceived to be one of the most credible media reporting on the container industry, has made a projection of the size of the two companies' fleets based on their current size and the number of vessels they have each ordered so far. And unless Maersk changes its strategy of focusing on land-based activities, particularly logistics, Geneva-based MSC, owned by the Aponte family, will soon become 'number one'.

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