About This Statistic
This graph gives a ranking of the leading container ship operators worldwide as of September 30, 2017, based on the number of ships in their fleets. With 661 ships, AP Moeller-Maersk was ranked first.
The world's leading container ship operators
In terms of capacity, the world's largest container ship operators include France's CMA CGM, Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Company and Denmark's Maersk Line. After an alliance between these three companies was nixed by antitrust watchdogs, a partnership between MSC, Hyundai M.M. and Maersk has been approved in 2016. Copenhagen-based AP Moeller-Maersk was founded in 1904. While Maersk is active in various fields, the company’s largest business area is the container shipping area, which operates under the Maersk Line unit. In 2016, Maersk generated around 35.5 billion U.S. dollars in revenue, some 20 billion U.S. dollars of which were derived from the group’s container division, Maersk Line.
As of September 30, 2017 Maersk’s container ship fleet had a capacity of around 3.56 million twenty-foot equivalent units of capacity. Furthermore, the container line had ships with an additional 260,840 twenty-foot-equivalent units of capacity in its order book. One of Maersk’s most impressive container ships is the Magleby Maersk. The Triple-E vessel was built by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Company, one of the largest shipbuilding companies worldwide. The gargantuan cargo ship is 400 meters long, 59 meters wide and 73 meters high. The ships in the triple-E class are at the vanguard of a trend towards increasingly larger ships, although the container shipping-industry continues to suffer from overcapacity and weak global demand.