Seaborne trade - capacity of container ships 2019

This statistic portrays the capacity of the world container ship fleet from 1980 through 2019. In 2019, the world merchant container ship fleet had a capacity of around 266 million metric tons deadweight. As of January 2018, there were 5,152 container ships in the world's merchant fleet.

Capacity of container ships in seaborne trade from 1980 to 2019 (in million dwt)*

Capacity in million dwt
2019266
2018253
2017246
2016244
2015228
2010169
200598
200064
199544
199026
198520
198011
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Sources

Release date

November 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

1980 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Beginning-of-year figures; the values for 1980 through 2017 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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