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PUBLISHER: Container News (www.container-news.com)

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has finally surpassed Maersk as the largest container shipping company in the world in terms of TEU capacity, according to the latest Alphaliner’s figures.

MSC had significantly closed the gap from its Danish rival in the latest months and with the acquisition of the 4,992 TEU Mexico, which was until recently on charter to Maersk, the top position changed hands after more than 25 years.

According to Alphaliner’s data, MSC has a total container capacity of 4,284,728 TEU, while Maersk follows with 4,282,840 TEU. However, the orderbook of MSC is more than three times larger than Maersk’s one, which means that the gap between the two companies is expected to widen in the next months.

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