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

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.

News & Analysis

CMA CGM container ship in Hamburg, Germany
27 Dec 2014
CMA CGM on Friday released extensive details of the Ocean Three east-west alliance that it will begin early in 2015 along with United Arab Shipping Co. and China Shipping Container Line.
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.
22 Sep 2014
U.S. containerized trade increased 2.6 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2014, with just three carriers — Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Evergreen Line — accounting for 28.4 percent of all trade.
18 Sep 2014
The emergence of four large alliances among the world's largest container shipping lines is creating a two-tier market that could doom smaller carriers to hanging on to niche trades or going out of business.

Commentary

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