Container ship fleet size as of 3rd quarter 2017, by group owner domicile (in gross tonnage)

Size of container ship fleets by nationality of proprietor 2017 This graph depicts the size of the global container ship fleet during the first nine months of 2017, broken down by the nationality of the owner group.
Container ship fleet by country

In January 2017, the global cellular container fleet had a capacity of around 20 million twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs. One TEU is the shipping industry’s standard unit of measure, which denotes the capacity of an ISO freight container. Such standard freight containers are also called intermodal containers because they can be transported via three different modes of transport: via sea, rail and road. Intermodal freight transport is a method that once revolutionized cargo handling by reducing the damage done to goods stored inside containers and by dramatically expediting cargo-handling operations. Some 60 years ago, cargo shipping was a lot more expensive and time consuming. As a result of the introduction of standard containers, the volume of seaborne trade has grown significantly over the past six decades. This trend can still be seen today. The tonnage of international seaborne cargo loaded in containers increased by around 640 million metric tons between 2006 and 2016.
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Gross tonnage of fleet
Greece155,108,386
Japan124,829,485
China103,997,008
Singapore93,619,926
U.S.70,570,909
Germany62,374,664
Denmark60,492,994
South Korea55,582,449
UK51,095,108
Hong Kong49,512,587
Gross tonnage of fleet
Greece155,108,386
Japan124,829,485
China103,997,008
Singapore93,619,926
U.S.70,570,909
Germany62,374,664
Denmark60,492,994
South Korea55,582,449
UK51,095,108
Hong Kong49,512,587
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This graph depicts the size of the global container ship fleet during the first nine months of 2017, broken down by the nationality of the owner group.
Container ship fleet by country

In January 2017, the global cellular container fleet had a capacity of around 20 million twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs. One TEU is the shipping industry’s standard unit of measure, which denotes the capacity of an ISO freight container. Such standard freight containers are also called intermodal containers because they can be transported via three different modes of transport: via sea, rail and road. Intermodal freight transport is a method that once revolutionized cargo handling by reducing the damage done to goods stored inside containers and by dramatically expediting cargo-handling operations. Some 60 years ago, cargo shipping was a lot more expensive and time consuming. As a result of the introduction of standard containers, the volume of seaborne trade has grown significantly over the past six decades. This trend can still be seen today. The tonnage of international seaborne cargo loaded in containers increased by around 640 million metric tons between 2006 and 2016.
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Release date
December 2017
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
Q1 to Q3 2017
Supplementary notes
The percentage figures are based on GT.

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