Leading container shipping companies worldwide based on number of ships as of August 30, 2018

Container shipping companies worldwide - number of ships 2018 This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of August 30, 2018, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 220 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in August 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 4.02 million TEU containers on its ships. The Danish shipper has some 713 ships in its fleet, about 401 of which are chartered ships.
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Number of ships
APM-Maersk713
Mediterranean Shg Co515
CMA CGM Group512
COSCO Group479
ONE (Ocean Network Express)226
Hapag-Lloyd220
Evergreen Line203
PIL (Pacific Int. Line)138
Antong Holdings (QASC)115
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.103
Zhonggu Logistics Corp.98
Wan Hai Lines97
Zim84
X-Press Feeders Group82
SITC80
Hyundai M.M.73
KMTC67
Tanto Intim Line54
Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines53
Meratus53
Number of ships
APM-Maersk713
Mediterranean Shg Co515
CMA CGM Group512
COSCO Group479
ONE (Ocean Network Express)226
Hapag-Lloyd220
Evergreen Line203
PIL (Pacific Int. Line)138
Antong Holdings (QASC)115
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.103
Zhonggu Logistics Corp.98
Wan Hai Lines97
Zim84
X-Press Feeders Group82
SITC80
Hyundai M.M.73
KMTC67
Tanto Intim Line54
Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines53
Meratus53
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This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of August 30, 2018, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 220 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in August 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 4.02 million TEU containers on its ships. The Danish shipper has some 713 ships in its fleet, about 401 of which are chartered ships.
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August 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
August 30, 2018

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