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

Container shipping companies worldwide - number of ships 2018 This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of November 30, 2018, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 222 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in November 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 four million TEU containers on its ships. The Danish shipper has some 710 ships in its fleet, almost 400 of which are chartered ships.
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Number of ships
APM-Maersk710
Mediterranean Shg Co521
CMA CGM Group516
COSCO Group467
Hapag-Lloyd222
ONE (Ocean Network Express)218
Evergreen Line202
PIL (Pacific Int. Line)133
Antong Holdings (QASC)115
Zhonggu Logistics Corp.100
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.97
Wan Hai Lines96
X-Press Feeders Group83
SITC81
Hyundai M.M.72
Zim64
KMTC63
Tanto Intim Line54
Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines53
Meratus52
Number of ships
APM-Maersk710
Mediterranean Shg Co521
CMA CGM Group516
COSCO Group467
Hapag-Lloyd222
ONE (Ocean Network Express)218
Evergreen Line202
PIL (Pacific Int. Line)133
Antong Holdings (QASC)115
Zhonggu Logistics Corp.100
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.97
Wan Hai Lines96
X-Press Feeders Group83
SITC81
Hyundai M.M.72
Zim64
KMTC63
Tanto Intim Line54
Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines53
Meratus52
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This statistic displays the leading container shipping companies worldwide as of November 30, 2018, based on the number of owned and chartered ships. There were 222 ships in Hapag-Lloyd's fleet in November 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 four million TEU containers on its ships. The Danish shipper has some 710 ships in its fleet, almost 400 of which are chartered ships.
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November 2018
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Worldwide
Survey time period
November 30, 2018

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