Shipyards confirm talks for giant MSC order

Yet another large order for as many as 11 container ships to MSC is currently being negotiated and settled in South Korea, inform the country's shipyards – but the carrier has not confirmed the order, for which the tense relationship to North Korea allegedly figures as a joker.

Many factors indicate that the order for a total nine LNG-driven mega-vessels for France's CMA CGM will soon be countered by an even larger order from Italian MSC, Maersk Line's partner in the 2M alliance.

At any rate, a spokesman for South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) now confirms to Fairplay that the yard is in talks with MSC for 11 mega-ships of 22,000 teu each, which if realized would entail container vessels in the absolute largest end of the scale on par with the vessels ordered by the French carrier.

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