Top 40 Container Carriers

2016 is shaping up to be a difficult year for the JOC's Top 40 Container Carriers. Container lines are struggling against overcapacity and slack demand that they seem unable to shake. While container ship scrapping is set to reach record levels in 2016, the impact on overall global capacity is unlikely to provide ocean carriers any sustained relief.

Acquisitions have also reshaped the industry this year, with CMA CGM completing its takeover of NOL and its APL brand. Cosco Shipping and China Shipping Container Lines in February completed their merging into China Cosco Shipping and Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company have also agreed to a merger.

2016 is also noteworthy because of the redrawing of vessel-sharing agreements that have come to dominate the industry. In 2016 shippers learned that from April 2017 the 2M Alliance will now have three members, Maersk Line, Meditteranean Shipping Co., and Hyundai Merchant Marine. The Ocean Alliance of Evegreen Line, Orient Overseas Container Line, China Cosco Shipping, and CMA CGM, including its recent NOL acquisition, will be the largest on east-west trades. The last major VSA is known as THE Alliance and is made up of Yang Ming Line, Hanjin Shipping, MOL, "K" Line, NYK Line, Hapag-Lloyd, and UASC.

 

Previous rankings

Top 40 Container Carriers U.S. Import and Export Trades, January-June 2016

Top 40 Container Carriers, U.S. Import and Export Trades, January-December 2015

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Export Trade, January-December 2014

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Import Trade, January-December 2014

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Export Trade, January-September 2014

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Import Trade, January-September 2014 

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Export Trade, 2013

Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Import Trade, 2013

Top 40 Carriers in U.S. Containerized Trade in the First Half of 2013

Top 40 Carriers in U.S. Containerized Trade in 2012

Special Coverage

Data from PIERS, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS Markit, show 16 of the JOC Top 40 container carriers posting volume declines in the first half of 2016.

News & Analysis

01 Dec 2016
Maersk Line ended weeks of speculation with an announcement that it had reached an agreement to buy Hamburg Süd.
18 Nov 2016
CMA CMG reports third quarter loss amid lower container volumes and rates, a year after posting a profit.
18 Nov 2016
Hyundai Merchant Marine will not join Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. in the 2M Alliance.
16 Nov 2016
Hanjin Shipping spiraled closer to insolvency in the third quarter as Hyundai Merchant Marine turned a profit for the second straight three-month period as they plan for the future.
16 Nov 2016
Just days after Taiwan’s leading container lines reported tumbling revenue and profit, the Taiwanese government said it will provide billions of dollars in financial support.
15 Nov 2016
Profits for the January through September period at Evergreen and Yang Ming have fallen sharply compared with the first nine months of last year.

Commentary

Recent industry comments suggest carriers are being cautious in ordering new capacity — new ship orders are down substantially versus 2015 — and also will be cautious on capacity as alliances roll out their service networks. This is leading a number of observers to suggest that the container market gradually may be returning to equilibrium.

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