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

26 Jul 2016
Hanjin Shipping confirmed it remains in negotiations with tonnage providers for lower rates, but wouldn't say much else.
23 Apr 2015
As of April 1, 2015, Alphaliner calculates current active total liner trade TEU capacity was at 19,191,800 TEUs aboard 5,979 ships, including 18,748,980 TEUs aboard 5,061 fully cellular ships. Year-over-year, that's 7 percent or 1,253,007 TEUs more in active liner capacity, while netting 28 more ships in the fleet. Since Dec. 1, 2014, 2.3 percent or 424,290 TEUs in active liner capacity were added, while netting one more ship in the fleet.
23 Apr 2015
Hamburg Sud remained in the black in 2014 even as falling freight rates on its key South American routes and a weaker dollar depressed revenues.
20 Apr 2015
Hapag-Lloyd has ordered five 10,500-TEU container ships for the South American trades.
Zim Integrated Shipping Services container ship in Ukraine port of Odessa
16 Apr 2015
Zim Integrated Shipping Services is finally emerging from seven straight years of mounting losses and a multibillion-dollar restructuring that saved it from bankruptcy, its CEO Rafi Danieli says.
13 Apr 2015
These are the Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. Import Trade Lanes

Commentary

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