This statistic represents the number of APM-Maersk ships as of January 7, 2015. Europe's largest ship operator had 11 ships in its order book in December 2014.
Number of Maersk ships
In terms of twenty-foot-equivalent units, Denmark’s Maersk Lines is the world’s largest container-shipping company. Twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) are the shipping industry’s standard unit of measure, denoting the capacity of a standard freight container. In January 2015, the Maersk Group had ships with a capacity of around 2.9 million twenty-foot-equivalent units, which could be broken down to some 1.6 million twenty-foot-equivalent units of owned capacity and about 1.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units of chartered capacity. Furthermore, the container line had ships with an additional 160,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units of capacity in its order book. Overall, the Copenhagen-headquartered shipper accounted for approximately 15.5 percent of the world’s merchant container fleet.
As of January 7, 2015, Maersk owned 251 ships, 13 of which had a capacity in excess of 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units. Maersk’s most impressive container ship is the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller. The Triple-E vessel was built by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Company, one of the largest shipbuilding companies worldwide. The megahauler is just under 400 meters long, 59 meters wide and 73 meters high. Triple-E stands for "economies of scale", "energy efficient" and "environmentally improved". The ships in the triple-E class are regarded as the most efficient container ships per twenty-foot equivalent of cargo. However, the building of such mega ships comes at a risk as the container shipping-industry continues to suffer from overcapacity and weak global demand.