Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM account for biggest fleet boost of 2014

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Giants Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM, specialized in container shipping, have claimed the three top spots on the list regarding the companies that saw the biggest fleet capacity increase in 2014.

According to the Alphaliner 2014-2015 fleet review, Maersk managed to increase its capacity by a steady 12%, and as to MSC and CMA CGM – the former accounted for a 7% increase while the latter saw an increase of 9% .

A.P.Møller-Maersk managed to increase its total container vessel capacity by 318, 000 TEU and thus reached 2.89 MTEH at the end of last year.

The delivery of nine Triple-E ships of 18, 340 TEU, property of Maersk, along with charters of 19 newbuildings from non-operating owners, boosted significantly the group’s fleet.

In 2015, if all goes as scheduled, the carrier will take delivery of the remaining seven (one already delivered) Triple-E vessels, along with an additional four chartered ships of 9, 000 – 10, 000 TEU.

Mogens Maersk Image by: Frans Kerkhof

In 2014 MCS’s fleet managed to increase its operating capacity by a 7% boost of 168, 000 TEU and thus reached 2, 54m TEU on a fleet consisting of 497 owned and chartered ships.

The company is planning to further expand its fleet with 30 new vessels during 2015 totaling in 357, 000 TEU.

The French liner CMA CGM accounted for a 9% increase of its fleet in 2014, as it added 139, 000 TEU and reached 1.6m TEU for 446 vessels. Expectations are that the carrier will expand its fleet with 25 new ships this year and thus add another 268, 000 TEU.

Hapag-Lloyd / CSAV claimed the fourth place on the list, followed closely by Evergeen which managed to sneak up into the fifth place.

All of the 20 top carriers in the world, reported capacity increases in 2014, with the only exceptions to the group being Hapag-Lloyd / CSAV with a 2% dip, Hanjin Shipping which accounted for a 3% drop and APL, which reported the biggest capacity decline in the amount of 12%.