Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) today overtook AP Moller-Maersk to claim the title of the world's largest ocean carrier.

The Geneva-based carrier secured the number one slot on 5 January with the delivery of the 4,992-teu Mexico (built 2002), according to fleet statistics provided by Alphaliner.

That makes MSC the largest carrier by operated container vessel capacity. It controls a fleet of 645 container ships with a capacity of 4,284,728 teu and a global market share of 17%.

Long-time number one Maersk is listed with container capacity of 4,282,840 teu.