Containers – MSC acquiring second hand boxships – February 2021

Container line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) continues to snap up boxships in the second-hand market according to Alphaliner, acquiring eight vessels in the past three weeks as container shipping rates continue to surge.

According to Alphaliner’s latest report, MSC has bought the 2001 built 2,764 TEU capacity WESTERMOOR from German owner Hans Peterson which is currently on charter to Hapag Lloyd. The company also acquired the 2008 built 2,546 TEU capacity sister ships BF OSPREY and BF MAHIA  from German owner Foroohari. The vessels are on charter to ONE and MSC respectively.

Images of the 2006 built 275 metres long mother ship MSC LORENA leaving Marsaxlokk Harbour, Malta on Sunday 10th January, 2021.

MSC is also reported to have bought the 2003 built 1,683 TEU capacity BOMAR VANQUISH (Already chartered to MSC) and BOMAR VALOUR ( currently operated by Maersk ). Additionally, MSC is understood to have purchased 2 ships of 1,730 TEU capacity – the 1998 built MIRO and the 2002 built SPERO and the 1996 built 1,122 TEU capacity BOUNDARY.

VesselsValuedata shows MSC acquired a total of 20 boxships in the year of 2020, and analysts Sea-Intelligence suggested in a recent report that MSC might soon overtake Maersk as the world’s largest carrier.

Images of the 1990 built 294 metres long mother ship MSC SARISKA entering Marsaxlokk Harbour, Malta on Sunday 10th January, 2021. She’s the former MAJESTIC MAERSK until September 2010 and MAJESTIC until May 2011.

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Published – Wednesday 3rd February 2021.