Leading container shipping companies worldwide based on number of ships as of January 31, 2018

Container shipping companies worldwide - number of ships 2018 This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of January 31, 2018, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 215 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in January 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 4.22 million TEU containers on its ships. The Danish shipper has some 783 ships in its fleet, about 480 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 342 ships in its fleet overall. Evergreen Line is one of the largest Asian shipping companies.
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Container shipping lineNumber of ships
APM-Maersk 783
Mediterranean Shg Co 509
CMA CGM Group 502
COSCO Shipping Co Ltd 342
Hapag-Lloyd 215
Evergreen Line195
PIL (Pacific Int. Line) 132
Antong Holdings (QASC)102
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.101
OOCL 101
Zhonggu Logistics Corp.97
NYK Line 96
Wan Hai Lines 93
X-Press Feeders Group 91
MOL 79
SITC 79
Zim 79
Hyundai M.M. 61
KMTC 59
K Line 59
Container shipping lineNumber of ships
APM-Maersk 783
Mediterranean Shg Co 509
CMA CGM Group 502
COSCO Shipping Co Ltd 342
Hapag-Lloyd 215
Evergreen Line195
PIL (Pacific Int. Line) 132
Antong Holdings (QASC)102
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.101
OOCL 101
Zhonggu Logistics Corp.97
NYK Line 96
Wan Hai Lines 93
X-Press Feeders Group 91
MOL 79
SITC 79
Zim 79
Hyundai M.M. 61
KMTC 59
K Line 59

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This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of January 31, 2018, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 215 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in January 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 4.22 million TEU containers on its ships. The Danish shipper has some 783 ships in its fleet, about 480 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 342 ships in its fleet overall. Evergreen Line is one of the largest Asian shipping companies.
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January 2018
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Worldwide
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January 31, 2018

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