Capacity of container ships in seaborne trade from 1980 to 2017 (in million dwt)*

Seaborne trade - capacity of container ships 2017 This statistic portrays the capacity of the world container ship fleet from 1980 through 2017. In 2017, the world merchant container ship fleet had a capacity of around 246 million metric tons deadweight. As of January 2016, there were 5,239 container ships in the world's merchant fleet.
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Capacity in million dwt
198011
198520
199026
199544
200064
200598
2010169
2015228
2016244
2017246
Capacity in million dwt
198011
198520
199026
199544
200064
200598
2010169
2015228
2016244
2017246
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This statistic portrays the capacity of the world container ship fleet from 1980 through 2017. In 2017, the world merchant container ship fleet had a capacity of around 246 million metric tons deadweight. As of January 2016, there were 5,239 container ships in the world's merchant fleet.
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Release date
October 2017
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
1980 to 2017
Supplementary notes
* Beginning-of-year figures; the values for 1980 through 2015 have been extracted from previous editions.
The figures have been rounded.
The unit dwt (deadweight tonnage) is the carrying capacity of a merchant ship.

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