MSC Overtakes Maersk as World’s Largest Container Shipping Line

MSC Gülsün (built 2019) 23,756 TEU

As of the 5th of January 2022, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has become the world’s largest container shipping line in terms of container capacity.

Founded in 1970, MSC has evolved from a one-vessel operation into a globally-respected business. After 51 years in container shipping, it has overtaken Maersk in terms of TEUs on the back of their big order book of 999,808 TEUs and 60 ships. Using its modern shipping fleet equipped with the latest green technologies, MSC carries around 23 million TEUs annually.

MSC owns, charters, and operates 4,284,728 TEUs and 645 ships calling at 500 ports on 230+ trade routes, whereas Maersk currently has 4,281,780 TEUs and 737, according to Alphaliner. Although in terms of the number of ships, Maersk has the edge, in terms of container capacity, MSC will have a good lead over Maersk.

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