The competition in the international cargo shipping community is on the rise. The transportation business is expanding now more than ever, with a few international shipping companies leading the race. Here’s a list of the world’s top 10 largest container shipping companies;
1. APM – MAERSK
A.P. Moller – Maersk Group is one of the top shipping container companies in the world that was founded in 1904, in Copenhagen Denmark. The privately-owned company has an employee structure of almost 89,000 with 324 offices in 115 different countries, and is the biggest container company in the world. The company calls at around 315 different ports, with 590 container ships. The business conducted by the company throughout a year is equivalent to the GDP of Switzerland. Their five largest vessels can hold 18,000 twenty-foot containers. Find crew jobs at Maersk.
2. MEDITERRANEAN SHIPPING COMPANY (MSC)
The private Swiss conglomerate was founded in 1970 in Geneva Switzerland. The globally-respected company proudly maintains a workforce of 70,000 employees in 493 offices in 155 countries. MSC calls at 500 different ports on 200 separate trade routes with 21 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) annually. They currently have 560 vessels including the 4 largest container ships in the world. This is the second largest biggest container company in the world. Find crew jobs with MSC.
3. COSCO – CHINA OCEAN SHIPPING COMPANY
The only non-European shipping group in the top five operating at the global level is COSCO. It was founded in 1961 in Shanghai, and is owned by the Chinese state. According to recent statistics, COSCO contains 1362 vessels operating with the ten biggest container ships of the world. They have been ranked number three in the capacity of 3.0 million TEU. COSCO owns five of the world’s top ten biggest container ships. Out of 1362 vessels, they have 285 container ships. Find crew jobs with COSCO.
4. CMA – CGM
The fourth biggest shipping company in the world was founded in Beijing China, in 1961. It is the only shipping company outside of Europe with a whooping total capacity above 1 million TEU. The company maintains an employee base of an astounding 110,000 in 160 countries with USD 30.3 billion global revenue. Operating at 420 ports globally with 502 vessels transporting 21.6 million TEUs (Volume). Find crew jobs with CMA-CGM.
5. HAPAG – LLOYD
The American company was is standing in the top five biggest container companies in the world. It proudly sustains 239 modern ships, operating through 38 offices in 129 countries globally, and maintaining a workforce of over 13,000 employees. The company is transporting 12.0 million TEU through 600 ports in all continents of the world. It is a leading ocean carrier for Transatlantic, Middle East, Latin, and Intra-America. The company has stakes from the Qatar Investment Authority and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well along with Klaus Michael, Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens (HGV), and Beteiligungsmanagement. The company merged with Chile’s CSAV to form one of the largest shipping companies in the world in December 2014. Find crew jobs in Hapag Lloyd.
6. ONE – OCEAN NETWORK EXPRESS
In 2017, ‘K’ Line, MOL, and NYK integrated to form Ocean Network Express, which became one of the biggest container shipping companies in the world. The company maintains regional headquarters in Singapore, Hong Kong, the USA, Brazil, and the UK. Their fleet size is a tremendous 1,590,000 TEU after the integration, which makes it 6th largest in the world (as of January 2020). The company is operating in 120 countries globally, with 224 vessels, including 31 ultra-large ships that con sustain 20,000 TEU. Find crew jobs.
7. EVERGREEN LINE
Evergreen Group is the 7th largest container shipping company in the world as it comprises of Evergreen Marine Corp. (Taiwan) Ltd., Italia Marittima S.p.A., Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd., Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd., and Evergreen Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd. It was established in 1968 in Taiwan and by 2007 became a conglomerate of five companies. They operate in 80 countries through 190 ships and calls at 240 ports globally. Their largest shipping container is 8,500 TEU which is an L-type container that helps reduce fuel consumption. Altogether, the five shipping companies operate with a combined capacity of more than 1.2 million TEU through a modern fleet of container ships. Find crew jobs.
8. PIL – PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL LINE
Pacific International Line incorporated in 1967 is accounted for in the top ten largest container shipping companies in the world. It is one of the largest shipping companies in Southeast Asia as well. They are operating with 164 vessels in 100 countries, and call at over 500 ports globally. The company is based in Singapore, operating in 100 countries with over 9,000 employees, and calls at 500 various ports.
9. Hamburg Süd Group
Hamburg Süd Group is one of the oldest shipping company that was founded in 1871 to help trade between Argentina and Brazil to help Hamburg merchants. Originally from Germany, the shipping company has taken over many other shipping companies such as Royal Mail Line, Pacific Steam Navigation Company, Swedish Laser Lines, Rotterdam Zuid-America Lijn (RZAL), Havenlijn, and the Inter-America services of Crowley American Transport. I’snow owned by Maersk Line as they purchased it from Oetker Group in 2017. It has grown into one of the world’s largest private shipping companies with 133 ships in its fleet.
10. Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation
The company was established in 1972 in Taiwan. It has become one of the Biggest container company in the world, operating 90 vessels with a 7.037-million-D.W.T / operating capacity of 622 thousand TEUs. They have won many prestigious awards such as International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management, and ISO 27001 Certificate for Information Security Management System. Their main focus is on vessels with container ships. The company emphasizes on core values such as “Teamwork, Innovation, Honesty, and Pragmatism.” Unlike many giant players, they have exclusive terminals rights of operation in the locations such as Keelung, Kaohsiung, and Taipei Harbors in Taiwan; Los Angeles and Tacoma in the United States of America; Antwerp in Belgium; and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
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