Leading container shipping companies worldwide based on number of ships as of October 30, 2017

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Container shipping lineNumber of ships
APM-Maersk 651
Mediterranean Shg Co 507
CMA CGM Group 494
COSCO Shipping Co Ltd 331
Hapag-Lloyd 213
Evergreen Line195
PIL (Pacific Int. Line) 135
Hamburg Süd Group 106
Antong Holdings (QASC)99
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.95
NYK Line 93
X-Press Feeders Group 92
Wan Hai Lines 89
Zhonggu Logistics Corp.80
MOL 78
Zim 73
Hyundai M.M. 61
K Line 58

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This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of October 30, 2017, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 213 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in October 2017.
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 3.52 million TEU containers on its ships. The Danish shipper has some 651 ships in its fleet, about 402 of which are chartered ships. The number of Maersk’s chartered ships exceeds the number of total ships in the sixth largest shipper’s fleet: Evergreen Line has 195 ships in its fleet overall. Evergreen is one of the largest Asian shipping companies. Other Asian shipping companies include COSCO (China Ocean Shipping Company).
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October 2017
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October 30, 2017

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