United Arab Shipping

United Arab Shipping

UASC, or United Arab Shipping Company, is the world’s 18th-largest container shipping company, with 53 vessels with a combined capacity of approximately 400,000 TEUs. Founded in 1976, the Dubai-based ocean carrier serves Asia from Singapore, Northern Europe from Hamburg, the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent from Dubai, the Mediterranean and North Africa from Istanbul, and the Americas from Cranford, New Jersey, USA.

UASC, the largest shipping company in the Middle East, was established jointly by the six Gulf Arab states Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and U.A.E.

UASC was the 19th-ranked container carrier in U.S containerized import trade in 2013, with volume of 186,944 TEUs, up 56.2 percent year-over-year, giving it market share of 1.0 percent. It was No. 21 in U.S. containerized export trade in 2013, with volume of 134,348 TEUs, up 17.8 percent year-over-year and market share of 1.1 percent. For more carrier rankings see the JOC’s Top 40 Container Carriers special topic.

26 May 2015
CMA CGM is launching a trans-Atlantic service with Hamburg Sud and United Arab Shipping Co., and enhancing another service after the French carrier shipped 35 percent more volume between the U.S. East Coast and North Europe in the first three months compared to the same period year ago.
22 May 2015
United Arab Shipping Co., a member of the Ocean Three Alliance, has taken delivery of the world’s greenest ultra-large container ship.
Hamburg Sud container ship
04 May 2015
Increasing cooperation between Hamburg Sud and carriers in the Ocean Three Alliance suggests it “seems only a matter of time” before the German container line joins the alliance, Drewry Container Insight said in a speculative commentary this week.
30 Apr 2015
UPS Freight is adding liquefied natural gas-powered tractors to its less-than-truckload fleet, cutting emissions and, hopefully, long-term term fuel costs. Shippers still want trucking partners to help them reach sustainability goals.
29 Apr 2015
The first of United Arab Shipping Co.’s super-sized container ship built to run on liquefied natural gas has been named in a ceremony at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, the Korean shipyard where the vessel is under construction.
31 Mar 2015
In 20 years as head of United Arab Shipping Co.’s North American business, Anil Jay Vitarana saw growth in ship sizes and container volume. But he says one thing hasn’t changed: Carriers’ profitability remains too low to ensure needed investment and to attract bright young people.
16 Feb 2015
United Arab Shipping Co. on Monday said it will make its debut on the North Atlantic container trade lane in May via a new vessel-sharing partnership with French carrier CMA CGM and Germany’s Hamburg-Sud.
16 Feb 2015
The European Shippers’ Council urged competition regulators to step up monitoring of deals like the increased collaboration between CMA CGM and Hamburg-Sud, which “will make sure the container liner market will be one step closer to total convergence.”
27 Jan 2015
United Arab Shipping Co. has ordered 2,000 reefer containers as it prepares to expand into the South American liner trades.
CMA CGM container ship in Hamburg, Germany
27 Dec 2014
CMA CGM on Friday released extensive details of the Ocean Three east-west alliance that it will begin early in 2015 along with United Arab Shipping Co. and China Shipping Container Line.
17 Dec 2014
The launch of the 2M and 03 alliances in the New Year will boost capacity on the Far East-Mediterranean route by about 19 percent, triggering a battle for market share that could result in fresh rate reductions, according to Alphaliner.
28 Nov 2014
United Arab Shipping Co. today named the industry’s first-ever LNG-ready ultra-large container vessel at Ulsan in Korea, with Sajir becoming the first of 17 vessels ordered by the carrier.