Maersk Line could lose top spot by 2016

Swiss MSC could become the world's largest container carrier in the near future due to a massive fleet buildup, says Alphaliner, while Maersk Line has not ordered a single newbuilding in three years.

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Maersk Line could lose its status as the world's largest container carrier to its new partner in the planned 2M alliance, Swiss-Italian MSC. According to data from Alphaliner, this could happen in 2016 due to MSC's massive fleet buildup that is currently taking place.

MSC has placed a total of 17 orders for Ultra Large Container Ships in the 16,000 teu to 19,000 teu range. This fleet expansion could become even bigger if MSC decides to exercise the attached options.

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