Prestige rather than market dynamics is driving the new era of super-sized container shipping

Drewry say that the orders for 11 vessels for MSC and 9 for CMA CGM may not be the last. Since Ultra Large Containership (ULC) 18,340 TEU Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller in 2013, orders for similar vessels — sometimes with more than 21,000 TEU capacity — have flooded in.
Alphaliner believes that the next-generation vessels will be one row wider, with an increased beam of about 61.4 m. The latest designs could feature a relocated wheelhouse, a bulkier hull shape, an increased draft, smaller engines, lower service speeds and raised container lashing bridges.

Drewry said the scale economies argument for wanting ULCs in the first place is false as cost savings at sea are countered by higher costs at port, which in theory should have reduced the industry’s appetite for them.

(Lloyd’s List)