Top 40 Container Carriers

Top 40 Container Carriers

Mergers and acquisitions and soon-to-launch alliances are changing the rankings of the JOC Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. containerized trade. Volume increased 2.7 percent year-over-year to 23.7 million 20-foot-equivalent units in the first nine months of 2014, with Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. accounting for 21.4 percent of total trade. The two partners in the 2M Alliance, scheduled to launch in January, had combined U.S. exports totaling nearly 2.2 million TEUs, or 22.9 percent of the market, while their 2.9 million TEUs in U.S. imports gave them a combined 20.4 percent market share.

 

 

 

Previous rankings

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

Beneficial cargo owners are watching how the alliances will impact their supply chains between Asia and Europe and North America.

News & Analysis

Hapag-Lloyd Chicago Express in Hong Kong
19 Jan 2015
Hapag-Lloyd today became the latest carrier to implement a general rate increase — of $850 per TEU — in the Far East-Europe trade just days after rivals were due to hike rates on the world’s biggest liner route. However, rates could fall to levels not seen since 2011 when carriers cut their bunker adjustment factors in February, a London-based derivatives broker says.
29 Sep 2014
Maersk is facing aggressive competition on its most lucrative north-south routes, which are being targeted by rival carriers seeking to offset losses from the overtonnaged Asia-Europe trade lane.
yard building Maersk ship
24 Sep 2014
Maersk Line plans to invest $3 billion a year for up to five years to order ships with a combined capacity of 425,000 20-foot-equivalent units for delivery between 2017 and 2019, enabling the world’s largest carrier to grow with the market.
24 Sep 2014
Hamburg Sud and United Arab Shipping Co.
23 Sep 2014
Maersk Line clarified a recent comment by CEO Soren Skou in which he appeared to say that his company would not relinquish its longtime No. 1 ranking after Alphaliner said it would be overtaken by Mediterranean Shipping Co. in 2016.
Maersk, MSC in Hong Kong
23 Sep 2014
The 2M and O3 alliances likely will first lock horns in the Asia-Mediterranean trade, with planned increases in capacity threatening to unleash a rate war, according to analyst Alphaliner.

Commentary

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