Leading container shipping companies worldwide based on number of ships as of June 28, 2018

Container shipping companies worldwide - number of ships 2018 This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of June 28, 2018, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 227 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in June 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 4.08 million TEU containers on its ships. The Danish shipper has some 742 ships in its fleet, about 431 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 366 ships in its fleet overall.
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Number of ships
APM-Maersk 742
Mediterranean Shg Co 525
CMA505
COSCO Shipping Co Ltd 366
ONE232
Hapag-Lloyd 227
Evergreen Line197
PIL (Pacific Int. Line) 137
Antong Holdings (QASC)108
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.103
OOCL 100
Wan Hai Lines 98
Zhonggu Logistics Corp.96
X-Press Feeders Group 88
Zim 84
SITC 79
Hyundai M.M. 72
KMTC 63
Salam Pasific Indonesia Lines53
Tanto Intim Line53
Number of ships
APM-Maersk 742
Mediterranean Shg Co 525
CMA505
COSCO Shipping Co Ltd 366
ONE232
Hapag-Lloyd 227
Evergreen Line197
PIL (Pacific Int. Line) 137
Antong Holdings (QASC)108
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.103
OOCL 100
Wan Hai Lines 98
Zhonggu Logistics Corp.96
X-Press Feeders Group 88
Zim 84
SITC 79
Hyundai M.M. 72
KMTC 63
Salam Pasific Indonesia Lines53
Tanto Intim Line53
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This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of June 28, 2018, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 227 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in June 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 4.08 million TEU containers on its ships. The Danish shipper has some 742 ships in its fleet, about 431 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 366 ships in its fleet overall.
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June 2018
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Worldwide
Survey time period
June 28, 2018

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