Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd Hamburg Express

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.

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Ocean Carrier Rate Revision Roundup for Feb. 7
10 Feb 2014
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29 Jan 2014
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Ocean Carrier Rate Revision Roundup
27 Jan 2014
Major container lines hope to increase rates in multiple trade lanes in February, March and April, although any hikes achieved may be temporary.
23 Jan 2014
The merger of Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV would be “a step in the right direction” for the container shipping industry, but the pending marriage of the sixth and 20th largest container lines, respectively, won’t dampen the competitive nature of the market in the long-term, according to Jefferies shipping analyst Johnson Leung.
CSAV Suape
22 Jan 2014
Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV have signed a memorandum of understanding regarding a possible merger of their container shipping liner services, taking merger talks “into the next phase.”
15 Jan 2014
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission today requested more information from the G6 Alliance of ocean carriers on their plans to share vessel space and cooperate more closely on trade routes between Asia and the U.S. West Coast and between Europe and the U.S. East Coast.
Hapag-Lloyd
13 Jan 2014
Hapag-Lloyd is closing in on a deal to take over CSAV, which would create the world’s fourth largest ocean carrier, according to a German language newspaper.
Ocean Carrier Rate Revision Roundup
10 Jan 2014
Major container lines hope to implement rate increases in a variety of trades in January and February, despite signs that any hikes achieved may be fleeting.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup
31 Dec 2013
Major container lines have announced planned rate increases for a variety of trades, as detailed below, slated to take effect in January and February.