Container shipping companies worldwide - number of ships 2020

This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of January 08, 2020, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 236 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in January 2020.

Leading container shipping companies worldwide based on number of ships

Global seaborne trade was revolutionized in the 1950s, when the intermodal container became ready for commercialization. Prior to the introduction of standard containers, cargo shipping used to be a lot more expensive, as well as time-consuming. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) defined the capacity of intermodal containers, making the twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) a standard measure used in the transportation industry. Today, between 80 and 90 percent of containers shipped around the world are either forty or twenty foot standard length containers. The world’s largest container ship operator, APM Maersk, has the capacity to transport around 4.2 million TEU containers on its ships. The Danish shipper has some 707 container ships in its fleet, fully owning 314 of them.

Leading container shipping companies worldwide based on number of ships as of January 08, 2020

Number of ships
APM-Maersk 707
Mediterranean Shg Co 566
CMA CGM Group 503
COSCO Group 479
Hapag-Lloyd 236
ONE 222
Evergreen Line 200
PIL 120
Antong Holdings 118
Zhonggu Logistics 113
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Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

January 08, 2020

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