Container shipping companies worldwide - number of ships 2019

Leading container shipping companies worldwide based on number of ships as of November 30, 2019

by I. Wagner, last edited Dec 3, 2019
Container shipping companies worldwide - number of ships 2019 This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of November 30, 2019, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 236 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in November 2019.
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.
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Leading container shipping companies worldwide based on number of ships as of November 30, 2019

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