The world's leading container ship operators as of March 10, 2017, based on total number of ships

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Container ship operatorOwnedChartered
APM-Maersk 255377
Mediterranean Shg Co 188306
CMA CGM Group 109332
COSCO Shipping Co Ltd 77218
Evergreen Line 10582
Hapag-Lloyd 7692
PIL (Pacific Int. Line) 11815
Hamburg Süd Group 4666
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. 4655
NYK Line 4550
OOCL 5440
X-Press Feeders Group 2166
Wan Hai Lines 7116
MOL 2262
SITC 4925
Hyundai M.M. 2247
Zim 658
K Line 1250
KMTC 2929
UASC 3717
Stream Line1836
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This graph gives a ranking of the leading container ship operators worldwide as of March 10, 2017, based on the number of ships in their fleets. With 632 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.

On March 10, 2017 Maersk’s container ship fleet had a capacity of around three million twenty-foot equivalent units of capacity. Furthermore, the container line had ships with an additional 367,130 twenty-foot-equivalent units of capacity in its order book. One of Maersk’s most impressive container ship 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.

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