January 27, 2022

Maersk is no longer the world’s largest shipping line

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has unseated Maersk as the world’s largest shipping line by container capacity, according to data from the shipping analytics firm Alphaliner. The shakeup ends Maersk’s 25-year reign as the undisputed champion of cargo shipping.

MSC reached that milestone a Jan 5 when Alphaliner’s daily updating database recorded that MSC now owns or charters enough ships to carry the equivalent of 4,284,728 shipping containers, narrowly edging out Maersk’s total capacity of 4,282,840 containers. Each 20-foot shipping container can carry the equivalent of 400 flat-screen TVs (or 48,000 bananas).