Up to 17 conventional panamax containerships of between 4,000 teu and 5,300 teu face an uncertain future, with MSC unveiling plans to replace them with 10 neo-panamax containerships of between 8,000 teu and 9,000 teu.

The Swiss-Italian line will deploy the larger ships on a new service to be inaugurated on 14 June with the sailing of the 8,819-teu MSC Brunella (built 2015) from Rotterdam.