MSC now also surpasses Maersk in terms of reefers
According to French shipping data agency Alphaliner, MSC has now also surpassed competitor and 2M partner Maersk in terms of the number of reefer containers. Last year, MSC already became the world’s largest container shipping company in terms of container capacity. Alphaliner counted a total of 496,200 reefer plugs aboard 746 MSC ships (as of 8 April). Maersk still dominated in a previous count, but now sails around with slightly fewer reefer container connections than MSC. However, Maersk ships are relatively more generously equipped with reefer plugs: for the Danes, the plugs account for 23.1% of total capacity, for MSC 20.3%. Israeli shipping company ZIM has the highest percentage of reefer-friendly container capacity (23.7%), but has a smaller fleet than the market leaders. CMA CGM follows the two market leaders with roughly 375,000 reefer plugs (21.8%), followed by Cosco with around 230,000 units (16.3%). Hapag-Lloyd, Evergreen and ONE have between 200,000 and 100,000 plugs, in descending order of size.