APM-Maersk owned 331 ships and was chartering 400 ships as of the end of April 2022. Overall, the Copenhagen-headquartered shipper accounted for 16.7 percent of the world’s merchant container fleet.
APM-Maersk has ships with a capacity of more than four million twenty-foot-equivalent units, which could be broken down to roughly 2.5 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 some additional 320,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units of capacity in its order book.
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.
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 from February 2021 to April 2022
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Alphaliner. (May 3, 2022). Number of APM-Maersk ships from February 2021 to April 2022 [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved May 23, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/199366/number-of-ships-of-apm-maersk-in-december-2011/
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