Carriers Show Reduced Appetite for Megaship Orders, Drewry Says

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - A “reduced appetite” for ordering ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) and carriers instead aspiring to become global logistics integrators could finally balance container capacity supply with demand, according to new analysis from Drewry. Indeed, at the end of last year Maersk’s chief executive, Soren Skou, told The Financial Times: … [Read more...]

MSC to Close Capacity Gap on Maersk in 2019

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - MSC is set to receive some 330,000 teu of newbuild tonnage this year and will close the gap on its 2M partner, Maersk Line, in the capacity rankings. According to new analysis by Alphaliner, MSC has the largest newbuild pipeline of all ocean carriers this year, with 20 vessels expected, for an aggregated total capacity of 334,550 teu. It … [Read more...]

Megaship MSC Eloane Delivered to Ocean Yield

Norwegian ship owner Ocean Yield has taken delivery of the MSC Eloane, a 19,500 TEU megaship built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. The vessel has commenced a 15-year bareboat charter with a "major European container line," who if we were to guess is MSC. The Eloane is the third vessel to be delivered in a series of six mega containerships that Ocean Yield … [Read more...]

Aboard Majestic Maersk, Megaship Dreams Obscure Cloudy Future for Shipping

By Brenda Goh SHANGHAI, Sept 26 (Reuters) - For Captain Dick S. Danielsen, the childhood dream has been to sail the world's biggest ships. The Danish seaman got his chance three years ago when he was asked to helm the Majestic Maersk, a mammoth, baby blue-painted vessel that at 400 meters (1,312 feet) is longer than a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The ship can hold up … [Read more...]