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.

Weekly wrap-up: Mega-alliances, LA-LB issues and trucking growth
20 Sep 2014
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Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for Sept. 19
19 Sep 2014
Multiple container lines have planned general rate increases in numerous trade lanes in October, although any gains achieved could be temporary as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
16 Sep 2014
Hapag-Lloyd and APL increase congestion surcharges for cargo moving through Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) and Pipavav to offset costs associated with worsening delays in intermodal connections to Delhi
15 Sep 2014
Mediterranean Shipping Co. today unveiled surcharges of up to $165 per 20-foot container on North European and North American routes that will be subject to new low-sulfur limits in 2015.
Hapag-Lloyd's Hamburg Express container ship
14 Sep 2014
Container freight rates will stabilize and may trend upward over the next few years despite the existing overcapacity of vessel space because of the expansion of existing carrier alliances and the creation of new ones, according to Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for Sept. 12
12 Sep 2014
Multiple container lines have planned general rate increases in numerous trade lanes in September and October...
Hapag-Lloyd container ship in Hamburg
11 Sep 2014
EU antitrust authorities on Thursday gave Hapag-Lloyd the approval it needed for a merger with Chilean carrier CSAV.
05 Sep 2014
European regulators are reportedly set to approve the announced merger of Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV, creating the world's fourth largest container line
Ocean carrier rate revision roundup for Sept. 5
05 Sep 2014
Multiple container lines have planned general rate increases in numerous trade lanes in September and October, although any gains achieved could be temporary as overcapacity and sluggish global demand continue.
03 Sep 2014
Ocean carriers’ operating margins in the first half of the year veered widely from top-ranked Maersk Line’s positive 7.3 percent to a negative 7.8 percent at Chile’s CSAV, according to industry analyst Alphaliner.
01 Sep 2014
Hapag-Lloyd will begin charging an Ebola inspection fee on all shipments to and from West Africa from Sept. 21 as mandatory health checks on ships are expected to cause lengthy delays.
29 Aug 2014
At least two ocean carriers are cutting intermodal fuel surcharges for dry and refrigerated shipments to and from the United States, effective Oct. 1, as a result of falling diesel prices.