Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) has pushed its remarkable secondhand spending spree closer to $10bn with a handful of purchases from German tonnage providers.

The Geneva-based liner giant is estimated to have spent $9.39bn on secondhand vessels since the Covid-19 pandemic, according to VesselsValue.

But that total could be even higher as a result of further acquisitions that have recently come to light.

MSC, which is controlled by the Aponte family, has emerged as the buyer of the 2,842-teu MSC Carpathia III (ex-Carpathia, built 2003) — one of two vessels sold in December by Germany’s MPC Container Ships (MPCC).