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-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

News & Analysis

29 Aug 2016
Maersk Line launched a new feeder service to the western Chinese port city of Yibin.
19 Aug 2016
Hanjin and HMM’s U.S. imports and exports were down in the first half compared with the same period a year ago despite general growth in both.
16 Aug 2016
Hanjin Shipping, the biggest of South Korea’s shipping outfits, swung to a loss in the second quarter.
Lower volumes on trans-Pacific and Asia-Europe routes were contributors to the operational loss of Hyundai Merchant Marine in the second quarter.
16 Aug 2016
South Korea’s second-largest shipping line posted an overall net profit in the second quarter.
12 Aug 2016
All-time low rates dragged Maersk Line to a worse-than-expected loss.
The merger of Cosco and China Shipping Container Lines hasn't been without its issues, but the widespread disruption seen in other mergers has not taken place.
11 Aug 2016
Although mergers typically lead to disruption and irate shippers, that has not been the case in the recent merger of Cosco and China Shipping Container Lines.

Commentary

Carriers come into the market, and then go out of business. This year will be the sixth consecutive year the industry will lose money.