MSC continues boxship buying spree!
Swiss-headquartered containerline Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) continues to aggressively add secondhand tonnage to its fleet, this week being linked to two more deals by brokers.
MSC has snapped up 2000-built 1,730 teu feeder boxship Amanda D, acquired from Peter Dohle Schiffahrts for an undisclosed price. The vessel has been renamed MSC Panaya, and like many of MSC’s recent purchases was previously on charter to the line.
Both Advanced Shipping & Trading and Clarksons have also reported that MSC has acquired the 2006-built 5,642 teu post-panamax boxship Granville Bridge from Japan’s Doun Kisen. Again, the price was not disclosed. The vessel is a sister ship of the Grenville Bridge, also recently reported as sold by the Japanese company to MSC for $14m.
Earlier in the month, Splash reported the purchase of six German boxships ranging in capacity from 7,849 to 8,500 teu for an en bloc price of $158m. MSC has also been named by brokers as the buyer of the 2005-built 4,800 teu boxship Baltic East from Sinokor Maritime for $12m and has also reportedly acquired the 2006-built 2,490 teu Bomar Hermes from Borealis Finance for an undisclosed price. It has also bought the 2,000-built 2,506 teu EM Athens from Euroseas, renaming it MSC Malena.
If all the reported deals are confirmed, MSC’s owned fleet will sit at around 206 vessels.
Analysts Sea-Intelligence suggested in a report last week that MSC might soon overtake Maersk as the world’s largest carrier.
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