How many rugby players can you squeeze into an old GPO telephone box, or students into a Mini? It was a question that came to mind when I read about the arrival on the scene of the monstrous container ship MSC Gulsun, freshly delivered and soon to inflict its 23,000 teu upon the waiting world of container terminals.

Cosco-managed Piraeus port entered a new era this week when it handled its first 20,000 teu plus containership, the newbuilding Cosco Shipping Taurus, on 26 February.

The boxship sector is facing record deliveries of ultra-large containerships (ULCs) newbuildings in 2018 with 10 joining the fleet in January alone.

The 20,170 teu MOL Truth has been registered with Panama, a first for the Registry.

Following today’s reports that MSC has ordered 11 units of 22,000 teu from Korean yard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), latest statistics from Alphaliner on what it calls ‘megamax’ containerships of 18,000 to 22,000 teu reveal some curious coincidences between ordering patterns of individual lines and alliances.