Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) has lifted its under-construction tally of neo-panamax container ships of between 12,200 teu and 16,000 teu to 63 vessels — with an order for six newbuildings in China.

Brokers have linked the Swiss liner giant to a sextet of LNG dual-fuelled, 16,000-teu newbuildings that state-owned Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC) disclosed on Monday.

MSC did not comment when contacted. One DSIC manager declined to confirm if the liner company was behind the LNG dual-fuelled ships, citing contract confidentiality.