Baltic ice
Beast from the east - a lonely feeder vessel sails through the Baltic ice © Natursports | Dreamstime.com

A headline in online shipping publication Splash247 screamed earlier this week: “MSC topples Maersk at the top of the box rankings”.

It is not the first time I have either read, or written, a headline of that sort – just less than a decade ago the same story did the rounds after a liner analyst colleague at Lloyd’s List Intelligence concluded that after some charter deals MSC would be taking Maersk’s crown.

(And then again. And again. And again. Every two or ...

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