The world's leading container ship operators as of August 8, 2017, based on number of owned and chartered ships

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Container ship operatorOwnedChartered
APM-Maersk 245410
Mediterranean Shg Co 190314
CMA CGM Group 117367
COSCO Shipping Co Ltd 81244
Hapag-Lloyd 11799
Evergreen Line 10588
PIL (Pacific Int. Line) 12019
Hamburg Süd Group 4656
OOCL 5446
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. 4553
NYK Line 4055
X-Press Feeders Group2174
Wan Hai Lines 7120
Zhonggu2358
MOL 2651
Zim 669
SITC 5025
Hyundai M.M. 2139
KMTC 2931
K Line 1247
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This graph gives a ranking of the leading container ship operators worldwide as of August 8, 2017, based on the number of ships in their fleets. With 655 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 August 8, 2017 Maersk’s container ship fleet had a capacity of around 3.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units of capacity. Furthermore, the container line had ships with an additional 300,000 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.

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