APM-Maersk - number of ships 2020

APM-Maersk had 17 ships in its order book as of March 2, 2020. Overall, the Copenhagen-headquartered shipper accounted for 17.6 percent of the world’s merchant container fleet.

Fleet capacity

APM-Maersk had ships with a capacity of around 4.2 million twenty-foot-equivalent units, which could be broken down to some 2.36 million twenty-foot-equivalent units of owned capacity and about 1.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units of chartered capacity. Furthermore, the container line had ships with an additional 39,864 twenty-foot-equivalent units of capacity in its order book at the end of the month.

As of January 2020, Maersk owned 314 ships, some 31 of which had a capacity in excess of 18,000 twenty-foot equivalent units. One of Maersk’s most impressive container ship is the Madrid Mærsk. 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 and 59 meters wide, trailing only the OOCL Hong Kong in TEU capacity. 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 in times of rising trade tensions.

About Maersk

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.

Number of APM-Maersk ships as of March 2, 2020

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March 2, 2020

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