Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) chief executive Soren Toft says that becoming the largest liner operator is not his company's main goal.

"Size isn't an objective for us," he said. "At MSC, we never set a specific target to be the biggest.

"Growth, profitability and supporting customers are what have driven us, and what will continue to drive us forward."

On Wednesday, the Swiss operator emerged as the world's largest shipping carrier in terms of container shipping capacity, taking over the top slot from Danish rival AP Moller-Maersk.