Leading container shipping companies worldwide based on number of ships as of September 27, 2018

Container shipping companies worldwide - number of ships 2018 This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of September 27, 2018, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 222 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in September 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 4.04 million TEU containers on its ships. The Danish shipper has some 717 ships in its fleet, about 405 of which are chartered ships.
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Number of ships
APM-Maersk717
Mediterranean Shg Co516
CMA CGM Group503
COSCO Group477
ONE (Ocean Network Express)224
Hapag-Lloyd222
Evergreen Line205
PIL (Pacific Int. Line)135
Antong Holdings (QASC)115
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.100
Zhonggu Logistics Corp.99
Wan Hai Lines96
X-Press Feeders Group82
SITC81
Zim75
Hyundai M.M.72
KMTC67
Tanto Intim Line54
Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines53
Meratus52
Number of ships
APM-Maersk717
Mediterranean Shg Co516
CMA CGM Group503
COSCO Group477
ONE (Ocean Network Express)224
Hapag-Lloyd222
Evergreen Line205
PIL (Pacific Int. Line)135
Antong Holdings (QASC)115
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.100
Zhonggu Logistics Corp.99
Wan Hai Lines96
X-Press Feeders Group82
SITC81
Zim75
Hyundai M.M.72
KMTC67
Tanto Intim Line54
Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines53
Meratus52
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This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of September 27, 2018, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 222 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in September 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 4.04 million TEU containers on its ships. The Danish shipper has some 717 ships in its fleet, about 405 of which are chartered ships.
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September 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
September 27, 2018

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