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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: The Top 25 Ocean Container Carriers

Maersk Tops the List, but Some Carriers are Clearly Making a Move with Aggressive Order Books


Aug. 9, 2018


What are the top ocean container carriers in the world?


To make it easy to answer that question, the maritime analysts over at Alphaliner maintain a list of the top 100 carriers, based on TEU capacity, but with other useful information as well.


Below we present the top 25 from the Alphaliner list:


Top 25 Ocean Container Carriers by TEU Capacity



Source: Alphaliner


As can be seen, Maersk Line tops the list, with capacity of more than 4 million TEU, spread across 719 ships, giving it a 17.9% share (not shown in this chart). Maersk is followed by Mediterranean Shipping Co., COSCO, CMA CGM, and Hapag-Lloyd.


What is also interesting is some of the other data, such as the percent of ships owned and on-lease, and how much capacity each carrier has on order. Number 7 carrier Evergreen Line, for example, appears to be making a move, with 40 new ships representing 37% of its current capacity on order. Conversely,  Maersk's order book represents just 2% of capacity.


Number 11 Hyundai Merchant Marine has orders that will almost double its capacity.


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