Wan Hai

Wan Hai

Wan Hai Lines is a container carrier with a network that covers areas in Asia, the United States, South America, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Established in 1965 with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, the shipping company has a fleet of 72 vessels with a total capacity of 178,445 TEUs. The company employs approximately 4,000 individuals and reported 2013 revenues of TWD 59.68 billion --down 5.2 percent year-over year. The company recorded a net profit of TWD 2.14 billion, up 15.8 percent from the previous year’s net profit of TWD 1.85 billion.

Wan Hai Lines was the 26th-ranked container carrier in U.S containerized import trade in 2013, with volume of 89,700 TEUs, up 36.5 percent year-over-year, giving it market share of 0.5 percent. It was No. 37 in U.S. containerized export trade in 2013, with volume of 23,099 TEUs, down 9.1 percent year-over-year and market share of 0.2 percent. For more carrier rankings see the JOC’s Top 40 Container Carriers special topic.

Wan Hai Lines posted a profit of $21.8 million in the first quarter of 2014, allowing them to remain the leader among Taiwan’s top three shipping companies. Almost 87 percent of Wan Hai’s services are focused on routes in Asia, where container volumes and freight rates are more stable than in the volatile east-west trades. This has enabled the carrier to regularly remain in the black while its larger Taiwan rivals suffer losses.

05 Nov 2014
The transition by the world’s container carriers to operating larger ships and the new alliance structures are significantly impacting hub ports, said Randy Chen, Wan Hai Lines assistant to the president.
03 Nov 2014
Steadily dropping bunker fuel prices have raised the intriguing possibility of slow-steaming carriers starting to speed up ships, which would have the immediate effect of injecting huge amounts of additional capacity into a heavily oversupplied market.
09 Oct 2014
Wan Hai Lines plans to launch a new weekly container service between the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East in mid-O
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.
Asian Gypsy Moth
26 Aug 2014
Tiny, dirt-like egg clusters are waylaying cargo at ports in the United States, delaying thousands of containers for days at a time.
Asian gypsy moth caterpillar
22 Aug 2014
At least two ships have been quarantined and all others coming from Asia to the United States will be heavily scrutinized as officials attempt to block an invasive species from making landfall in the U.S.
Wan Hai container ship
18 Aug 2014
Intra-Asia specialist Wan Hai Lines reported a 7.2 percent increase in container volumes in the first half of 2014, pushing revenue up nearly 10 percent as the shipping industry continues to feel the effects of increased demand.
12 Jul 2014
Wan Hai Lines plans to upgrade its intra-Asia service network by joining the West India-China direct service (WIN) operated by a consortium of NYK Line, X-Press Feeders, Hapag-Lloyd and Yang Ming Lines.
A Hapag-Lloyd container seen in Singapore.
02 Jul 2014
The ink was hardly dry on Hapag-Lloyd’s merger deal with Chilean carrier CSAV when departing chief executive Michael Behrendt raised the prospect of acquiring an Asian container line.
18 Jun 2014
At the end of this month, four ocean carriers will launch a new joint service connecting China, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
Wan Hai ship
16 May 2014
Intra-Asia specialist Wan Hai Lines posted a modest $21.8 million profit in the first quarter as the carrier leveraged its network to remain the leading light among Taiwan’s top three shipping companies.