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- Jan. 3, 2012 -

 
     
 

Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: What are the World's Largest Ocean Container Fleets?

 

Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Sud Proposed Merger Shakes Up the Leader Board a Bit; Maersk Continues to Dominate in TEU Capacity

 
     
 

By SCDigest Editorial Staff

 
 

Which are the globe's top 20 container fleets, by TEU capacity?

 

It was nice of the good ocean shipping industry analysts over at Alphaliner to update us on this data, triggered by the recent news that Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd are investigating a potential merger.

 

That would vault Hapag-Lloyd from its current number number 6 position to number 4, as shown in the chart below, moving it passed Evergreen and COSCO.

 

 

Source: Alphaliner

 


Of course, Maersk Lines continues to dominate the action, with more than 2.5 million TEU of current capacity, and orders for new ships that will take it near to 3 million TEU soon. That outpaces number 2 MSC by about 20%.

 

As can be seen in the red "orderbook" figures, carriers continue to order new ships even in the face of widespread over capacity in the industry, generally for large "megaships" that are less expensive to operate on a per container basis.

 

 

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