Despite preaching to its peers for restraint at Asian yards, it has emerged Maersk Line, the world’s largest containerline, has actually been adding to the global orderbook.
Clarkson Research reports that it has just come to light that the Danish carrier has extended its series of 15,226 teu containerships at Hyundai Heavy Industries by declaring an option for two additional vessels.
The units will be the tenth and eleventh units in the series, and are due to be delivered next year.
With regulatory approval coming at the end of last year for the takeover of Hamburg Sud, Maersk has extended its lead as the world’s largest liner and now stands on the cusp of having a 20% market share, something unprecedented in the history of container shipping. Alphaliner lists Maersk as having a 4.24m teu strong fleet, equivalent to a 19.5% market share. MSC, its 2M partner, lies in second place with a 14.7% market share.