Mediterranean Shipping Co.

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is the world’s second largest shipping line. The privately owned company was founded in 1970 in Geneva, Switzerland. It operates worldwide, serving 6 continents and calling at 316 ports.

As of December 2013, MSC operates 475 vessels with a combined capacity of more than 2.3 million TEUs (20-foot-equivalent units). The company employs 29,000 people.

According to Alphaliner, MSC has the largest orderbook of any container carrier, at 41 vessels with a combined capacity of more than 450,000 TEUs as of December 2013.

MSC has announced plans to join fellow major container carriers Maersk Line and CMA CGM, in the P3 Network, an alliance that will allow all three lines to deploy their largest vessels in Asia-Europe trade, while deploying smaller vessels in Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic trade, subject to regulatory approval.

2M infographic thumbnail
10 Jul 2014
The world’s two biggest container lines today announced plans to launch a 10-year vessel-sharing agreement, dubbed 2M, to cover more ports with direct services and improve efficiency through better utilization of vessel capacity and economies of scale.
20 Oct 2013
Major container lines have announced planned rate increases for a variety of trades, as detailed below, slated to take effect in November and December.
20 Oct 2013
Mediterranean Shipping Co. released details of the massive vessel-sharing alliance that also will include Maersk Line and CMA CGM and will launch next spring if it wins regulatory approval.
Port cranes in Mobile, Ala.
18 Oct 2013
Jimmy Lyons is on a hunt for a lot more empty import containers to load with all the export cargo funneling through the Port of Mobile.
17 Oct 2013
SHENZHEN, China — China’s shipping industry faces further turmoil as the country imposes new polices aimed at reining in severe overcapacity in the steel, cement, electrolytic aluminum, plate glass and shipping industries, according to the head of the Shanghai Shipping Exchange.
Shipping containers in port with crane
16 Oct 2013
Container shipping lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement Westbound section are attempting to set...
MSC India
16 Oct 2013
Mediterranean Shipping Co. aims to increase rates in its westbound trade from India to North Europe and the Mediterranean, starting Nov. 4.
11 Oct 2013
Major container lines have announced planned rate increases for a variety of trades, as detailed below, slated to take effect in November.
04 Oct 2013
Major container lines have announced planned rate increases for a variety of trades, as detailed below, slated to take effect in October and November.
30 Sep 2013
An increase in sailing cancellations is on the horizon as the P3 Network alliance has yet to indicate its intentions in detail...
27 Sep 2013
Major container lines have announced planned rate increases for a variety of trades, as detailed below, slated to take effect in October and November.
13 Sep 2013
Major container lines have announced planned rate increases for a variety of trades, as detailed below, slated to take ef

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