Russian state nuclear energy agency Rosatom is hatching a $7bn scheme to enter commercial shipping and rival Maersk in the boxship arena.

Plans seen by the Vedomosti daily reveal an ambition for the company to become one of the world's biggest 15 shipping companies overall, carrying 72m tonnes of cargo per year, including 43m tonnes of container cargo.

Rosatom has presented the plans to banks and the information was confirmed by two bankers and a person close to a Rosatom entity, the report said.