Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd

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Hapag-Lloyd is at present the world’s sixth-largest container line, but a planned merger with CSAV will create the fourth-largest global ocean carrier.

Founded in 1970 via a merger between the two shipping companies Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (Hapag / Hamburg-American Line) and North German Lloyd (NDL), Hapag-Lloyd is based in Hamburg, Germany, and has a presence in 114 countries, with 7,000 employees worldwide.

Hapag-Lloyd has a fleet of more than 150 ships with a capacity of around 730,000 TEUs. In 2013 the carrier posted revenue of EUR 6.56 billion, a 4 percent decrease from the previous year. The company recorded a net loss of EUR 97 million, down 24 percent from the previous year’s net loss of EUR 128 million.

Hapag-Lloyd was the seventh-ranked container carrier in U.S containerized import trade in 2013, with volume of 1,029,853 TEUs, up 1.4 percent year-over-year, giving it market share of 5.7 percent. It was ranked third in U.S. containerized export trade in 2013, with volume of 802,784 TEUs, up 3.1 percent year-over-year, with market share of 6.3 percent. For more carrier rankings, see the JOC’s Top 40 Container Carriers special topic.

Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV in April 2014 signed a binding contract to complete a merger to create the world’s fourth-largest container line. Following the merger, which is expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter of 2014, the enlarged Hapag-Lloyd will have 200 vessels with total transport capacity of around 1 million 20-foot-equivalent units, an annual transport volume of 7.5 million TEUs, and annual turnover of €9 billion.

21 Nov 2014
Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV just need approval from Ukraine and China to merge and create the fourth-largest container lines, after Mexican regulators gave the tie-up the green-light this week.
09 Dec 2013
The odds are against a merger between Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV largely due to lack of a strategic consensus among shareholders, according to container industry analyst Alphaliner.
09 Dec 2013
The G6 Alliance laid out an aggressive blueprint for expanding in the U.S. market, saying it could establish a joint operations center similar to the P3 alliance and could jointly negotiate for terminal space, shipbuilding, as well as barge, transshipment and other services.
Hapag-Lloyd reefer equipment
09 Dec 2013
Hapag-Lloyd views its merger talks with Chile’s CSAV as a springboard to deals with other ocean carriers aimed at catching up with the industry’s top three operators, the chief executive of the German container line said.
Gulf Caribbean Service’s new port rotation.
06 Dec 2013
Hapag-Lloyd has expanded its fixed day, weekly Gulf Caribbean Service to include eastbound and westbound calls in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia.
Thumbnail for G6 v P3 infographic
05 Dec 2013
The G6 Alliance is taking steps to counter the planned P3 Network in a battle for east-west dominance.
05 Dec 2013
The majority of public comments sent to the Federal Maritime Commission regarding the proposed P3 Network were supportive of the vessel-sharing alliance among the world’s three largest global container lines.
Headquarters of Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV
05 Dec 2013
Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV are in talks over a possible merger that would create the world’s fourth largest ocean carrier.
Hapag-Lloyd vessel
03 Dec 2013
The G6 Alliance unveiled plans to expand into the trans-Atlantic and Asia-U.S. West Coast trade lanes in a widely expected response to the proposed P3 Network partnership between the world’s three largest carriers, Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM.
Empty containers
25 Nov 2013
The largest ocean carriers sharply increased their market share at the expense of their smaller rivals in the third quarter, according to Drewry Maritime Research.