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22 January 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 03:25 GMT+1



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MSC leads the world in maritime transport containerized

The position will be strengthened in the future thanks to a orderbook that provides for the acquisition of capacity equal to a million teu

Expected for weeks, the overtaking took place and today the container ship fleet of the Mediterranean Shipping Company group (MSC) has a higher capacity than the previous one historical world leader: the Maersk group. An overrun of half gluing, since the gap is only 1,888 teu, or the capacity of a feeder ship and not even among those of larger size.

To announce the override was Alphaliner, company specialized in the collection and dissemination of data related to liner maritime transport. The company has specified that today the MSC fleet consists of 645 container carriers for an overall load capacity of 4,284,728 teu, equal to 17.0% of the world market. Alphaliner has highlighted that, contrary to the other main vectors global containerized seafarers that have increased the consistency of their fleets through mergers and acquisitions, MSC has reached the top of the global ranking through a entirely organic growth. A mode of climbing to the summit that will probably be interrupted shortly as a result of the next acquisition of the shipping and logistics company Brazilian Log-In Logistics that will bring an additional 15,000 teu about capacity to the MSC fleet ( of 16 September 2021).

Alphaliner has specified that overtaking at the top is thanks to the acquisition by MSC of the 4.992 teu Mexico container ship that was recently rented to Maersk. MSC had bought this ship by XT Shipping last June for 50.5 million dollars and the its taking over by the MSC group took place in the first days of this year. The container carrier will start tomorrow from Singapore under the new name of MSC Mexico.

If at present the gap with Maersk is very small, MSC will soon consolidate its position of leadership thanks to an order book that currently includes the acquisition of additional ships for a total capacity equal to to about one million teu.

Founded in 1970, when the company was created by Gianluigi Aponte made its debut in the container industry by purchasing from Hapag-Lloyd a ship of 2,900 tonnes of deadweight capacity renamed Patricia,today the MSC group operates in the sector containerized maritime transport under the brands MSC, WEC Lines, Medlog and Messina Line, is active in the terminalism sector port mainly through Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), in that of cruises with MSC Cruises, in the segment of ferries with GNV and SNAV companies, in that of logistics with Medlog and other fields of activity.

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