Top 40 Container Carriers

2015 was a roller-coaster for ocean container carriers operating in the U.S. trades, and it wasn’t just because of record low freight rates. 

In the aftermath of the West Coast labor debacle — and all the cross-border diversions, air cargo routing and alternative sourcing remedies that came with it — ocean carrier results for 2015 were mixed, with 19 of the JOC Top 40 ship lines moving goods in the U.S. trades posting volume declines. Separately, 21 of the JOC Top 40 U.S. export container carriers and 15 of the JOC Top 40 U.S. import container carriers posted declines in volume. 

 

Previous rankings

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

The new CEO of Hyundai Merchant Marine will be quite busy as he or she tries to return to profitability a company that was on the brink of receivership just two months ago.
19 Jul 2016
Hyundai Merchant Marine will get a new CEO in August.
Port of Los Angeles, Pier 400
21 Dec 2015
In addition to bargain-basement freight rates, 22 of the JOC Top 40 U.S. export container carriers and 12 of the JOC Top 40 U.S. import carriers posted year-over-year volume declines in the first nine months of 2015.
20 Nov 2015
CMA CGM’s reported third-quarter net profit plunged nearly 76 percent year-over-year to $51 million, amid the French carrier’s talks with Neptune Orient Lines over a potential merger.
30 Oct 2015
Hapag-Lloyd on Friday cut the price range for shares in its initial public offering, citing “ongoing market volatility.”
30 Oct 2015
NOL’s third-quarter results were awash in red ink as the Singapore-listed company reported a third-quarter net loss of $96 million, down 300 percent compared to the same period last year as rate levels tumbled on the major trades.
30 Oct 2015
Japan’s three largest container lines saw their group revenues miss forecasts and remain almost flat in the first half of the current fiscal year, while Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) slipped into the red.

Commentary

Soren Skou isn’t just the leader of the world’s largest container shipping company.