Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), which has surpassed Maersk Line to become the world’s largest container shipping company, has not stopped expanding its fleet. It has placed an order to build 14 dual-fuel container ships again, and the number of new ships under construction has exceeded the 100 ships. The large order of more than CNY 10.7 billion will also become the largest new ship order undertaken by New Times Shipbuilding since its establishment.
According to trade winds, MSC has signed a contract with New Times Shipbuilding for the construction of 14 8,000TEU dual-fuel LNG-powered container ships. The new ships will be equipped with B-type storage tanks.
If the news is true, this will be the largest order for New Times Shipbuilding since its establishment in 2000. New Times Shipbuilding has been focusing on the construction of bulk carriers and oil tankers before, and the number of container ships delivered is not many, only 7 8,800TEU container ships built for MSC and 4 10,622TEU container ships built for CIMC Group. Delivered between 2014 and 2015.
Last year, with the surge in container ship orders, New Times Shipbuilding returned to this ship type market, successively undertaking four 13,000TEU container ships from Greek shipowner Chartworld and six 7000TEU container ships from Singapore shipowner Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS).
According to the International Ship Network, MSC initially announced that it would order medium-sized dual-fuel container ships at the beginning of this year. Not long ago, it was reported that the company has signed a total of 28 new shipbuilding letters of intent with three shipyards in China and South Korea, including 14 new era shipbuilding and 8 8,000TEU dual-fuel ships from Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding, and 6 7,700TEU ships from South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Group.
In the past two years, MSC has been active in the new building and second-hand ship market, rapidly expanding its fleet, and officially surpassed Maersk Line at the end of last year to become the world’s largest container shipping company. According to Alphaliner data, MSC currently operates 664 vessels with a total capacity of about 4,351,960 TEUs, including 325 owned vessels and 339 leased vessels.
At the same time, MSC ranks first in the world in terms of the number of orders in hand, with a total of 88 vessels of 1.2405 million TEU, accounting for 28.5% of the existing fleet, almost twice that of the second-ranked Evergreen Shipping (about 623,200 TEU). If the 14 ships of the new era are added, Mediterranean Shipping will have more than 100 orders.
Data show that container shipping companies led by MSC signed a record number of new ship orders last year. The total number of container ship orders for the year reached 569 ships of 4.3 million TEU, and the contract value was as high as 42.8 billion US dollars. This order level is even higher than that. The previous record level of 3.3 million TEU in 2007 was 29% higher, equivalent to 3.5 times the average order volume for the 10-year period ending in 2020.
At present, container ship orders have surged from a low of less than 2 million TEU in October 2020 to more than 6.5 million TEU, reaching the highest level since the end of 2008. Hand-held orders accounted for 26% of the existing fleet, the highest since 2014.
去年，随着集装箱船订单激增，新时代造船重返这一船型市场，陆续承接了来自希腊船东Chartworld的4艘13000TEU集装箱船，以及来自新加坡船东Eastern Pacific Shipping（EPS）的6艘7000TEU集装箱船订单。