AP Moller-Maersk has confirmed the sale of what was once the world’s biggest container vessel as it manages fleet requirements.

The 9,600-teu Sovereign Maersk (built 1997) has gone to 2M alliance partner MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company for an undisclosed price.

The companies have said the 2M cooperation is ending in 2025. But further sales of older Maersk ships to MSC remain a possibility.