A bar chart released by Alphaliner and updated on July 21st, 2015 shows the total number of chartered and ordered ships of the world’s top 20 largest container lines.
A previous infographic published by PTI showed the total TEU capacity of the top 30 container lines, and also showed this in percentage terms for each carrier.
In this infographic, MSC have the largest number of ships on order, with a total of 52 ships currently on the order books.
This represents more than 660,000 TEU of capacity that MSC will have once delivery is taken, putting them in a good position to overtake its 2M partner Maersk, which currently has more than three million TEU in total fleet capacity.
CMA CGM and Evergreen Line also have more than 30 ships in their order books, both totalling more than 370,000 TEU of additional capacity.
As ship orders show no sign of slowing down, ports are expanding on infrastructure, as is currently in the case in the US, with some US ports spending billions in preparation for the completed Panama Canal in early 2016.
Average containership sizes along global routes are also expected to rise to 16,730 along the Asia-Europe trade route by 2020, compared to the 11,750 capacity that currently sail through there.