The world's leading container ship operators as of February 7, 2017, based on total number of ships

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This graph gives a ranking of the leading container ship operators worldwide as of February 7, 2017, based on the number of ships in their fleets. With 623 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 and Maersk has been approved by U.S. regulators. 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 2015, Maersk generated almost 40.3 billion U.S. dollars in revenue, some 23 billion U.S. dollars of which were derived from the group’s container division, Maersk Line. Another important segment within the company is the Maersk Oil unit. Maersk Oil acquired about 50 percent of Africa Oil's stakes in Kenyan and Ethiopian oil blocks in 2015.

On February 7, 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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