Swiss-headquartered containerline Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), has continued to hoover up secondhand boxships at pace.

MSC has acquired the 2005-built 4,934 teu Texas Trader from Lomar Shipping in the last few days, paying around $15m according to brokers. The price is significantly higher than the $10.36m valuation placed on the ship by VesselsValue, and additionally the vessel is due for a special survey at the end of this month.

Over the last few months, MSC has bought 19 ships worth more than $290m in the secondhand market despite maintaining that the company’s focus is its fleet investment programme for ultra-large low-carbon-design newbuildings.

Analysts Sea-Intelligence suggested in a recent report that MSC might soon overtake Maersk as the world’s largest carrier.