MSC and A.P. Moller – Maersk have consolidated their positions as the two largest container carriers in the world, according to recent data from Alphaliner. In the shipping analyst’s latest list of top shipping lines, MSC reached the top spot with a total capacity of 4,352,617 TEU across 665 ships. A further 102 vessels with the ability to carry 1,338,468 TEU are currently on order.
A representative from the company recently stated that it moved a total of 23 million TEU in 2021. Maersk closely followed, with a capacity of 4,242,430 TEU across its 729 ships – the largest fleet recorded. It also has 29 vessels with a combined capacity of 319,100 TEU on order. Last year, the Danish giant generated $48.2 billion across its ocean business, making it one of the highest earning carriers of 2021.