Leading container shipping companies worldwide based on number of ships as of April 1, 2018

Container shipping companies worldwide - number of ships 2018 This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of April 1, 2018, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 220 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in April 2018.
Leading container shipping companies worldwide based on number of ships

Global seaborne trade was revolutionized in the 1950s, when the intermodal container was invented. 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 763 ships in its fleet, about 457 of which are chartered ships. The number of Maersk’s chartered ships exceeds the number of total ships in the fourth largest shipper’s fleet: COSCO (China Ocean Shipping Company) has 351 ships in its fleet overall.
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Number of ships
APM-Maersk 763
Mediterranean Shg Co 513
CMA498
COSCO Shipping Co Ltd 351
ONE235
Hapag-Lloyd 220
Evergreen Line196
PIL (Pacific Int. Line) 134
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.108
Antong Holdings (QASC)102
OOCL 100
Zhonggu Logistics Corp.97
X-Press Feeders Group 93
Wan Hai Lines 92
Zim 78
SITC 76
Hyundai M.M. 64
KMTC 60
Salam Pasific54
Meratus52
IRISL Group52
Number of ships
APM-Maersk 763
Mediterranean Shg Co 513
CMA498
COSCO Shipping Co Ltd 351
ONE235
Hapag-Lloyd 220
Evergreen Line196
PIL (Pacific Int. Line) 134
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.108
Antong Holdings (QASC)102
OOCL 100
Zhonggu Logistics Corp.97
X-Press Feeders Group 93
Wan Hai Lines 92
Zim 78
SITC 76
Hyundai M.M. 64
KMTC 60
Salam Pasific54
Meratus52
IRISL Group52

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This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of April 1, 2018, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 220 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in April 2018.
Leading container shipping companies worldwide based on number of ships

Global seaborne trade was revolutionized in the 1950s, when the intermodal container was invented. 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 763 ships in its fleet, about 457 of which are chartered ships. The number of Maersk’s chartered ships exceeds the number of total ships in the fourth largest shipper’s fleet: COSCO (China Ocean Shipping Company) has 351 ships in its fleet overall.
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April 2018
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Worldwide
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April 1, 2018

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