Largest Container Ships

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By ,   March 16, 2017 ,   Ships and Lines

Here CruiseMapper gives you the ultimate list of all the largest container ships in the world. Here you will also find the names of their owners - world's largest container shipping line companies. This is not a complete "off cruise" topic as almost all these cargo vessels offer the so called "cargo cruises". Each vessel has capacity of at least 10 "cruise tourists", as well as passenger-dedicated amenities and facilities like staterooms, gym, whirlpool, lounge, dining room.

container ships - CruiseMapper

This article provides you with the unique opportunity to know the names of all the world's biggest container cargo vessels operating on all main shipping routes to and from China. They belong to the humongous fleets of the container shipping alliances (G6, CKYHE, 2M, Ocean 3) and largest container shipping companies, the list of which includes MAERSK, MSC, CMA-CGM, EVERGREEN, HAPAG-LLOYD (merged with UASC), COSCO, CSCL, HANJIN, MOL, HAMBURG-SUD, OOCL, APL, YANG MING, NYK, K-LINE, HYUNDAI, PIL.

  • Note: All the above links are for your convenience and redirect to the corresponding topic and company's list of vessels (below at this page).
  • Note: The lists here are updated regularly as soon as new vessel's name and details become available. Occasionally, we will also add here the most interesting news regarding the listed here marine shipping companies. All news reports and updates here are based on VesselFinder's Maritime news.

Cargo Ships

Cargo ships represent a huge category of marine vessel types, including container ships, tankers, bulkers (bulk carriers) and specialty vessels (like ro-ro, livestock, refer, etc). You can see the list of all ship types in the below infographic.

ship types (infographic)

On container ships, every member of the crew fills a precisely determine role. These are primarily divided between the vessel's two main departments: the Navigation Bridge and the Engine Room. At the top of the ship's crew hierarchy is the Captain, followed by the Chief Officer and the Chief Engineer. They conduct the marine vessel's commercial shipping operations - sailing and mechanical. The other crew takes care of the onboard daily routine and the vessel's maintenance. Among those are the ship's Chef and Steward, and all the seamen (aka seafarers). On each and every cargo ship, main priorities are keeping the crew and cargo safe and protecting the environment. Our list of largest container ships available for tracking here includes all the newest, most technologically advanced marine cargo vessels in the world, each equipped with the marine vessel industry's latest innovations.

"TEU capacity" definition

Below is frequently mentioned the term TEU (short from "Twenty-foot equivalent unit") as a container vessel capacity measure. TEU is a cargo capacity unit used to describe the container ship capacity and also the capacity of container port terminals. TEU is based on the volume of 20 ft (6,1 m long) cargo container. Such standard-sized unit (metal box, actually) can be easily transported on different types of vessels (ships, also on trains and trucks). The TEU container's height, however, can range from ~4 ft (1,3 m) to ~10 ft (2.90 m). Most common container height is ~9 ft (26 m). Note: The additional info (in brackets) shows the container vessel's year built and max TEU capacity. So, the world's largest container ship MSC Oscar (2015) TEU capacity 19224 means the vessel can carry up to 19224 standard containers.

"Panamax ships" definition

"Panamax" is a term related to the vessel's size limit if passing through Panama Canal. "Panamax" (and the "New Panamax") vessel size limits are officially published by ACP ("Panama Canal Authority") as part of its "Vessel Requirements" (also describing seasonal transition limits, marine propulsion and communications, ship designs, etc.

Panama Canal transition's ship size (width and length) limit is due to the canal's current lock chambers sizes. The draft limit is due to the canal's water depth. The height limit is due to the Bridge of the Americas's height. Panamax/New Panamax vessel dimensions influence greatly the design of cargo vessels, but also of navy and passenger/cruise ships.

The "Panamax" ship limits are since 1914. Vessels that don't fall within these limits are in the "Post-Panamax" category. It denotes larger vessels, among which are supertankers, battleships, the largest cargo ships and the biggest cruise ships today.

The "New Panamax" vessel sizes were defined in 2009, but will take effect when the 3rd locks-set (the largest) become operational. Then, Panama Canal transits will be allowed to container ships up to 366 m / 1200 ft in length, with beam (width) of 49 m / 161 ft, draft of 15 m / 50 ft, air-draft (height) of 57,9 m / 190 ft, and TEU capacity up to 12000.

Panamax - New Panamax size cargo ships (infographic)

The above infographic shows the Panamax/New Panamax size (cargo ship) requirements, along with other canal transit limits, including:

  • Chinamax (maximum ship size when fully loaded /used when entering harbours, cargo ports, terminals)
  • Suezmax (Egypt's Suez Canal limits /connecting Mediterranean and Red seas). Since the canal has no locks, the length is unlimited, and the requirements are only for the vessel's draft (below waterline max depth) and height (Suez Canal Bridge / aka Al Salam Bridge).
  • Q-max ( Qatar-Max /LNG carriers maximum size for docking in Qatar)
  • Seawaymax (St Lawrence Seaway canal locks limits /connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the North America's Great Lakes).

World's biggest LNG-powered containerships

The first LNG-powered containership in the world is Isla Bella (launched on October 16, 2015). Isla Bella and a second sister-ship (currently under construction) were ordered in December 2012. They are the world's biggest container ships powered by LNG ("liquefied natural gas") of the so called Marlin Class (length 233 m / 765 ft, TEU capacity 3100 containers).

LNG container ship

  • Both vessels are owned by TOTE Maritime (US-based shipping line).
  • Shipbuilder is General Dynamics NASSCO (Norfolk VA / US-based shipbuilding company).
  • The ship design is by DSME ("Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering") South Korea.
  • The new LNG-power maritime technology allows a drastic increase in fuel efficiency. The green contanership Isla Bella, as reduced air-pollution, is the equivalent of removing from the road of over 15700 automobiles.

Both new LNG-powered container cargo carriers will operate between Florida (US) and Puerto Rico, with departures from Jacksonville and San Juan.

Types of container ships

In the 50s-70s period, general cargo vessels and tankers were refitted to carry containers. Today, container vessels are designed to maximize TEU capacity.

  • (from 1956 to 1970) converted cargo ships (length 443 ft / 135 m; TEU 500)
  • (from 1956 to 1970) converted tanker ships (length 656 ft / 200 m; TEU 800)
  • (from 1970 to 1980) container ships (length 705 ft / 215 m; TEU 1000-2500)
  • (from 1980 to 1988) Panamax container ships (introducing the "bulbous bow"; length 950 ft / 290 m; TEU 3000-4000)
  • (from 1988 to 2000) Post-Panamax container ships (length 1000 ft / 305 m; TEU 4000-5000)
  • (from 2000 to 2005) Post-Panamax Plus container ships (length 1100 ft / 335 m; TEU 5000-8000)
  • (from 2006) New Panamax container ships (length 1300 ft / 396 m; TEU 11000-15500)
  • (from 2013) EEE-class container ships (length 1310 ft / 400 m; TEU 18000).

For all ship types, see the top-page infographic.

World's largest sailing cargoship

In August 2017, LR (Lloyd's Register Group Ltd) joined the Quadriga shipping project of Sailing Cargo (Hamburg-based company) for building the world's biggest cargoship with sails.

Quadriga sailing cargo ship

This would be a car carrier with LOA length 170 m (558 ft) nad capacity 1700-2000 cars. The vessel design features wind-assisted propulsion with 4 DynaRig masts (as renewable power source) plus hybrid propulsion (diesel-electric marine engines) and optional battery system (utilized for peak loads). The projected cruising speed is 12 kn (14 mph / 22 kph) and max speed 16 kn (18 mph / 30 kph).

Unmanned cargo ships

The unmanned (drone) technology industry continues to grow and advance - on land, in the air, at sea. Just think of the aerial drones, or the self-driving Google cars. Now the time has come for the unmanned (self-steering) marine cargo vessel designs. It means crewless, autonomous container ships run from land-based facilities - safer, cheaper, revolutionizing the world's marine shipping industry. As seen on the photo, this container ship is fully loaded (from front to back) with containers.

unmanned container ship model (Rolls Royce)

The new design combines ship-based sensors (providing data for the vessel's computers) and land-based (office/home?) navigators, which will replace the traditional captain's service. A network of onshore control centers has to be set up, where the "shipless" crew will command hundreds of autonomous marine cargo vessels worldwide. Main advantages of this new ship technology are:

  • One person can monitor and operate many ships.
  • Fuel-efficiency requires slower cruising speeds, which increases the time at sea / crew costs. For example, reducing the cruising speed from 16 to 11 knots (18 to 13 mph, or 30 to 20 kmh) reduces fuel consumption by 50%.
  • Remotely controlled cargo ships also means better safety. It replaces the threat of crew being held hostage by pirates, no risks of staff injuries or deaths.
  • Seafarer professions are generally perceived as "hard jobs" - unattractive. This causes shortage of seamen and higher wages. Conditions on land, on the other hand, are preferred, meaning its way more easy to find and retain qualified and competent staff to work ashore.
  • Our current technologies provide unmanned (remotely controlled) machines. They serve a variety of tasks, including engine monitoring, various equipment monitoring, remote controlling of underwater offshore ship operations. The leader in this field is Rolls-Royce Marine (company's maritime division / marine engineering, technology and designs).
  • Eliminating all crew manned systems and facilities on the cargo ship (like sleeping quarters, furniture, electricity, food supplies, airconditioning, water/sewage, etc) means more space for containers and lowering crew costs, which are around USD 3300 PP a day. According to the industry's latest statistics, ~45% of the ship's total operating costs go towards crew maintenance services. Still, the sad question remains - how will our society react when the robots take hold and drive millions out of work?
  • The Norwegian vessel "Yara Birkeland" (scheduled delivery 2019 1Q) will be the world's first autonomous container ship with electric propulsion.

The following video shows what it is like to work/live on a containership. It reviews the daily life and activities of the crew on the CMA CGM vessel Vela.

Largest Container Shipping Companies

Follows the list of top-ten largest container shipping companies in the world. TEU (container capacity) data is based on 2015 statistics. The other included (to "top 20 largest") container ship lines are companies with above 1% market share.

largest container shipping companies in the world (infographic)

  1. APM MAERSK (or simply MAERSK) is the largest container company in the world. The MAERSK line company is a Denmark-based business conglomerate, with over 100,000 employees, offices in 135 countries and annual TEU capacity of over 3,048 million (for comparison 2,54 million in 2012). MAERSK line's market share is 15,2%.
  2. MSC shipping - an Italian company known globally as container shipping (and logistics) line, but also as a cruise ship line (MSC Crociere). The MSC company has over 24,000 employees, offices in 150 countries, annual TEU capacity of over 2,678 million. MSC line's market share is 13,4%.
  3. CMA-CGM - a French company, which merged two shipping lines - CMA (Compagnie Maritime d'Affretement) and CGM (Compagnie Generale Maritime). The CMA CGM company has ~20,000 employees, over 650 offices worldwide, annual TEU capacity of over 1,794 million (for comparison 1,34 million in 2012). CMA CGM line's market share is 9%.
  4. EVERGREEN Marine - a Taiwan-based Corporation. The EVERGREEN line company has over 4,000 employees, operations in 80 countries, annual TEU capacity of over 953,000 (for comparison 607,060 in 2012). EVERGREEN line's market share is 4,8%.
  5. HAPAG-LLOYD shipping - a German company, which merged two shipping lines - HAPAG (Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft) and NDL (Norddeutscher Lloyd). The HAPAG-LLOYD company has ~11,000 employees, and annual TEU capacity of over 944,700 (for comparison 645,460 in 2012). HAPAG-LLOYD line's market share is 4,7%. In 2017, HL merged with UASC and became the world's 5th largest containership company. UASC is Dubai-based joint venture company (state-owned by UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq), with annual TEU capacity of over 470,400. UASC line's market share is 2,4%.
  6. COSCO - a Chinese state-owned company with annual TEU capacity of over 864,200 (for comparison 648,160 in 2012). COSCO line's market share is 4,3%.
  7. CSCL - a Chinese marine shipping company with annual TEU capacity of over 700,000 (for comparison 553,230 in 2012). CSCL line's market share is 3,5%.
  8. HAMBURG-SUD (also includes Alianca and CCNI) - a German company (part of Oetker Group) with over 4,500 employees and annual TEU capacity of over 628,750. Hamburg Sud line's market share is 3,1%.
  9. HANJIN shipping - a South Korean company with operations in 60 countries and annual TEU capacity of over 619,550 (for comparison 472,690 in 2012). HANJIN line's market share is 3,1%.
  10. OOCL - a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of OOIL (Orient Overseas International Ltd investment company), with annual TEU capacity of over 592,380. OOCL line's market share is 3%.
  11. MOL - a Japanese company with ~10,000 employees and annual TEU capacity of over 574,240 (for comparison 434,340 in 2012). MOL line's market share is 2,9%.
  12. APL - a Singapore-based subsidiary company of NOL (Neptune Orient Lines). The APL company has ~4300 employees, and annual TEU capacity of over 541,150. APL line's market share is 2,7%.
  13. YANG MING Marine - annual TEU capacity of over 530,400. The line's market share is 2,7%.
  14. NYK shipping - a Japanese company (core of the Mitsubishi Corporation) with annual TEU capacity of over 507,700. NYK line's market share is 2,5%.
  15. K-LINE - annual TEU capacity of over 394,100, market share is 2%.
  16. PIL line - annual TEU capacity of over 380,200, market share is 1,9%.
  17. HYUNDAI shipping - annual TEU capacity of over 380,400, market share is 1,9%.
  18. ZIM line - annual TEU capacity of over 355,450, market share is 1,8%.
  19. WAN HAI Lines - annual TEU capacity of over 209,100, market share is 1%.
  20. Statistics regarding the world's largest containership fleet (as of March 2016) show that the number of boxships owned by Greek companies is 4092 (DWT tonnage 321 million) or 2% of all. The number includes also 347 ships on order (based on 2016 data from shipbuilding yards around the world).

As of early 2015, there were 5985 container ships in active service, operating on the world's main marine cargo shipping trade lines. These vessels were with combined TEU (containers capacity) 19,356,387 (compared to 2012's TEU of 15,899,687), and combined TDW (displacement) 243,145,464.

cargo container ship (NCBL)

Largest Chinese containership companies

The China's biggest shipping companies (both state-owned) - Cosco Group and CSG (China Shipping Group) - could be merged. Advanced negotiations between the two companies were officially announced in mid October, 2015. Rumors of a possible merger deal first surfaced in August 2015. Such a huge deal would definitely require the Chinese government's approval. If granted, the merger deal will create the fourth largest container company in the world by TEU capacity (moving down EVERGREEN Marine from that position now). It will combine the containership fleets of COSCO (world's 6th line with 175 vessels /As of 2016) and CSCL (world's 7th line with 156 vessels /As of 2016). If merged, COSCO and CSCL will become a new container shipping line with a global TEU capacity share of ~8%.

  • Owned by Hyundai, Bangeojin is the largest shipbuilding yard in the world.
  • As of 2016, China's maritime market undergoes a significant consolidation, which includes not only shipping companies, but also shipyards and cargo ports.
  • On December 11, 2015, was officially announced China's government approval for the merger of Cosco Group and China Shipping Group forming the new company "China Cosco Shipping Group". This is the world's 4th largest container shipping line (by TEU capacity) headquartered in Shanghai China.

In Feb 2016 was announced that COSCO will raise its TEU capacity to over 2 million by the 2018's end. As Chinese shipping companies operate container shipping services mainly on Asia-Africa and China-Southeast Asia routes, the competition will focus on bigger capacity shipping routes like Asia-Europe and Asia-America. Currently, COSCO owns 1,58 million TEUs ranking the line 4th largest on the world's container shipping market. COSCO's rivals Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM currently hold ~40% of this market.

For the 1st quarter of 2016 was reported that freight shipping rates for container transportation from Asia to Northern Europe plummeted 78% (to USD 271 per TEU, compared to USD 1232 at the 2016's beginning). These historical low rates combined with the increasing TEU capacity could result in over USD 6 billion global shipping industry losses.

In April 2016, China officially started to encourage China-flagged ships to use Northwest Passage route to cut shipping times between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Northwest Passage is a sea route through the Arctic Ocean (along North America's northern coastline). In 2014, the icebreaking bulk carrier was the first cargo ship that made an unescorted voyage on that route.

Which company owns the world's largest containership fleet?

In November 2015 was announced the creation of a new freight container shipping line named "Triton International". The new company is New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed. Triton International (Bermuda-based) was created as a merger between "Triton Container International" (55% equity) and "TAL International Group" (45% equity). Its combined container fleet is nearly 5 million TEU, with revenue earning assets of USD 8,7 billion.

cargo container ship (3D model)

What is the world's largest container ship port?

Statistical data for 2015 shows that port of Shanghai (China) remains the largest and busiest containership port in the world - with 36,54 million TEUs. This data was released by the port operator SIPG company (Shanghai International Port Group Co). This impressive number of processed containers is a 3,5% improvement from 2014 (35,29 million TEUs).

The port operator SIPG also reported a 2015 net profit of USD 988,7 million, which was a 4% decline compared to 2014. However, the 2015 port revenue rose by 2,5%. Only in December 2015, Shanghai cargo port moved 3,07 million TEUs, which was an 5,9% increase compared to Dec 2014 (2,9 million TEUs).

Container shipping line alliances

Container shipping industry moves over 95% of all manufactured goods in the world. This lucrative business is largely controlled by 15 companies, the majority of them being European and Asian. Most of these line companies additionally accelerated their operations pooling by forming giant maritime cargo shipping alliances. These alliances, both as cargo capacity and lines number - have grown with the introduction of all the listed below largest boxships.

cargo container ship (CSCL)

  1. The largest "G6 Alliance" includes the shipping lines Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, APL, MOL, NYK, OOCL. G6 is operating exclusively on the Far East-Europe route. It was formed in December 2011, merging the pre-existing "The Grand Alliance" (Hapag-Lloyd, NYK, OOCL) with the "New World Alliance" (NOL, MOL, Hyundai).
  2. The "CKYHE Alliance" includes the shipping lines Cosco, K-Line, Yang-Ming, Hanjin, Evergreen.
  3. The "2M Alliance" was formed in January 2015. It includes the shipping lines APM-Maersk and MSC. This proposed alliance was officially rejected by China.
  4. The "Ocean Three Alliance" was formed in January 2015. It includes the shipping lines CMA-CGM, CSCL, UASC. Ocean 3 allied ships operate on the following trade routes: Transpacific (weekly services), Asia-Europe (4 routes), Asia-Mediterranean (4 services), and Asia-North America - to East Coast USA (1 service via Suez Canal) and Asia-Gulf of Mexico(1 service, also with Suez Canal transition).
  5. The "P3 Alliance" (CMA CGM, Maersk, MSC) was proposed by CMA CGM, but failed.
  6. "THE Alliance" was created in May 2016 (starting operations in May 2017). It includes the shipping lines NYK, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, K-Line, Mitsui OSK and Yang-Ming. It covers all major shipping trade lanes - Asia-Mediterranean, Asia-Middle East (Persian Gulf and Red Sea), Asia-North America (West Coast and East Coast) and Transatlantic (between Europe and the Americas). The new shipping alliance has combined capacity of approx 3,5 million TEUs, which is 18% of the global containership capacity. Its fleet has 620+ vessels. There is a possibility UASC also to join THE Alliance, thus increasing its overall capacity to over 4 million TEUs. THE Alliance was joined by Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) in July 2016. Currently, HMM operates 124 vessels (85 of which chartered).

Among the benefits for the allied container shipping lines are cost savings, increased efficiency, lower prices of goods for the consumers, lower freight rates and cheaper services for partners and affiliated businesses. There is also a positive effect on cargo ports. Usually, the alliance-shared ships are the fleet's largest container carriers. This poses challenges for many cargo ports, but also presents opportunities for growth. The volume of movement for large-capacity boxships can reach up to 10000 moves per vessel, and not every cargo terminal can manage such volumes. It means that only the most efficient ports are going to benefit from the industry's restructuring.

CMA CGM and COSCO alliance

A new shipping alliance of mega proportions is in the making. CMA CGM and COSCO are leading efforts to set up a new container shipping partnership, also seeking to rope-in the lines Evergreen and OOCL. If successful, this plan could potentially split up 3 of the current 4 alliances and would radically alter the current marine shipping industry leaving in the lurch the 8 remaining container cargo carriers of the alliances G6, CKYHE and Ocean Three. CMA CGM stated it will pull APL out of G6 once the French company completes the APL's acquisition in the 2016's second half. CMA CGM hopes that COSCO-CSCL will join it in a new carrier alliance partnership.

cargo container ship (Samsung)

Container shipping routes

There are 3 general cargo shipping routes for China-made products - via Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean.

container shipping routes map

Note: The shipping companies lists (ranking) below is based on December 2016 statistical data.

  • Shipping from China to Japan ports (NAGOYA, TOKYO, YOKOHAMA, KOBE, MOJI, OSAKA) is operated by the following largest companies - CSCL, MOL, NYK, KMTC, SITC, DONGYING, HMM, SINOKOR, CHAOYANG.
  • Shipping from China to Korea ports (BUSAN, INCHON, SEOUL) is operated by CSCL, HMM, KMTC, SITC, CHAOYANG, DONGYING, SINOKOR.
  • Shipping from China to Far East Russia ports (VLADIVOSTOK, VOSTOCHNY, ROSTOV) is operated by MAERSK, FESCO, SINOKOR.
  • Shipping from China to Taiwan ports (KAOHSIUNG, KEELUNG, TAICHUNG) is operated by CSCL, SYMS, KMTC, SITC, SINOKOR, DONGYING, CHAOYANG.
  • Shipping from China to Southeast Asia ports (in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, East Timor) includes the ports BELAWAN, SURABAYA, PENANG, KELANG, CEBU, SINGAPORE, HAIPHONG, HOCHIMINH, MANILA, JAKARTA. The largest companies operating this trade are: high-rates-less-time (CSCL, NYK, WANHAI), low-rates-long-time (ESL, ZIM, NORASIA), med-rates-med-time (OOCL, COSCO, RCL, HMM, APL).
  • Shipping from China to India ports (BOMBAY, CALCUTTA, COCHIN, COLOMBO, MADRAS, KARACHI, NHAVA SHEVA, CHENNAI, NEW DELHI) is operated by the following largest companies: high-rates-less-time (MAERSK, WANHAI, PIL), low-rates-long-time (MSC, NCL, ESL, SCI), med-rates-med-time (COSCO, RCL, HMM).
  • Shipping from China to Mediterranean ports (LIMASSOL, ALEXANDRIA, DAMIETTA, ASHDOD, BEIRUT, BARCELONA, VALENCIA, NAPLES, LIVORNO) is operated by the following largest companies: high-rates-less-time (COSCO, CMA CGM), low-rates-long-time (MSC, NCL), med-rates-med-time (EMC, CSAV).
  • Shipping from China to Red Sea ports (AQABA, JEDDAH, PORT SUDAN, HODEIDAH, SOKHNA) is operated by the following largest companies: high-rates-less-time (COSCO, APL), low-rates-long-time (MSC, EMC), med-rates-med-time (PIL).
  • Shipping from China to Black Sea ports (ODESSA, CONSTANTZA, POTI, BURGAS, NOVOROSSIYSK) is operated by the following largest companies: high-rates-less-time (COSCO, APL, CSAV, ZIM), low-rates-long-time (MSC, EMC), med-rates-med-time (NYK, PIL, CMA CGM).
  • Shipping from China to Middle East ports (ABU DHABI, DUBAI, UMM QASAR, BANDAR ABBAS, KUWAIT, SALALAH, DOHA, DAMMAN, RIYADH) is operated by the following largest companies: high-rates-less-time (COSCO, APL, WANHAI, NYK, YML, PIL), low-rates-long-time (MSC, CSCL, ESL), med-rates-med-time (HMM, ZIM, OOCL, RCL, NCL).
  • Shipping from China to Europe ports (HAMBURG, BREMERHAVEN, ROTTERDAM, ANTWERP, STOCKHOLM, DUBLIN, FELIXSTOWE, SOUTHAMPTON, PORTSMOUTH, LE HAVRE, ZEEBRUGGE, FREDRIKSTAD, LISBON, MARSEILLES) is operated by the following largest companies: high-rates-less-time (APL, CMA CGM, HMM, MSK), low-rates-long-time (MSC, CSCL, PIL, ZIM, WANHAI, MISC), med-rates-med-time (COSCO, K-LINE).
  • Shipping from China to Africa ports (DJIBOUTI, MOMBASA, MOGADISCIO, DAR ES SALAAM, NAIROBI, COTONOU, ABIDJAN, APAPA, LAGOS, MATADI, CASABLANCA, ALGIERS, TUNIS, TRIPOLILY, DURBAN, CAPE TOWN, MAPUTO) is operated by the following largest companies: high-rates-less-time (MAERSK, NYK, DELMAS), low-rates-long-time (MSC, CSAV, ESL), med-rates-med-time (PIL, SAFMARINE, MARUBA).
  • Shipping from China to Australia and New Zealand ports (ADELAIDE, BRISBANE, FREMANTLE, MELBOURNE, SYDNEY, AUCKLAND, WELLINGTON) is operated by the following largest companies: high-rates-less-time (MSC, COSCO, MAERSK, PIL), low-rates-long-time (OOCL, SYMS, MISC), med-rates-med-time (CSCL, HAMBURG SUD).
  • Shipping from China to Canada ports (VANCOUVER, TORONTO, MONTREAL) is operated by the following largest companies: high-rates-less-time (HMM, YML), low-rates-long-time (MSC, NCL), med-rates-med-time (APL, EMC, HPL, ZIM).
  • Shipping from Chian to USA ports (MIAMI, HOUSTON, NEW YORK, SAVANNAH, LOS ANGELES, SEATTLE, LONG BEACH, OAKLAND) is operated by the following largest companies: high-rates-less-time (MAERSK, CMA CGM, MOSK, HMM, YML), low-rates-long-time (MSC, NCL, NORAISA), med-rates-med-time (APL, EMC, HPL, COSCO, ZIM).
  • Shipping from China to South America ports (BUENOS AIRES, MONTEVIDEO, SANTOS, PARANAGUA, RIO GRANDE, RIO DE JANEIRO, ITAJAI, ASUNCION, PECEM, BUENAVENTURA, CALLAO, GUAYAQUIL, IQUIQUE, VAL PARAISO, SAN ANTONIO) is operated by the following largest companies: high-rates-less-time (PIL, CSAV, CSCL, MARUBA), low-rates-long-time (NYL, MSK, HAMBURG SUD), med-rates-med-time (PIL, CSAV, CSCL, MARUBA).
  • In August 2017, APL started a weekly service "Asia Latin America Express 3" (AE3-AW3) connecting key Asian ports (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan) to ports in Mexico and South America (west coast).

Shipping trade statistics

The following data is exemplary and based on 2013's shipping trade statistics. All numbers (in brackest are million TEUs shipped) representing the routes' cargo trade volume.

  • Between Asia and North America (USA, Canada) - westbound (7,739), eastbound (15,386), total (23,125)
  • Between Asia and Europe (Northern) - westbound (9,187), eastbound (4,519), total (13,706)
  • Between Asia and Europe (Mediterranean) - westbound (4,678), eastbound (2,061), total (6,739)
  • Between Asia and Middle East - westbound (3,7), eastbound (1,314), total (5,014)
  • Between Asia and South America (East Coast) - northbound (0,621), southbound (1,51), total (2,131)
  • Between Europe and South America (East Coast) - northbound (0,795), southbound (0,885), total (1,68)
  • Between Europe and North America (USA, Canada) - westbound (2,636), eastbound (2,074), total (4,71)
  • Between North America and South America (East Coast) - northbound (0,656), southbound (0,65), total (1,306)
  • Between Australia and Far East - northbound (1,072), southbound (1,851), total (2,923).

In May 2017, APM Terminals and THE Alliance launched the AL4 trade route between Port Mobile Alabama and Northern European cargo ports. The AL4 route is a weekly container vessel service and links the ports Mobile AL, Southampton, Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Le Havre (Paris), Veracruz, Altamira, Houston TX, NOLA New Orleans, Mobile AL. APM Terminals Mobile opened in 2008, and reported a record year in 2016 (handling 277,307 TEUs / containers).

Container shipping trade routes

Follows a list of shipping trade routes operated by the world's largest boxships.

  • NE2 (abbrev from "North Europe Service - 2") with transition through the Suez Canal. The itinerary includes as rotation the following ports in: China (Hong Kong, Nansha, Shekou, Xiamen, Yantian), Taiwan (Kaohsiung), Singapore, Saudi Arabia (Jeddah), Greece (Piraeus-Athens), Holland (Rotterdam), UK-England (Felixstowe), Germany (Hamburg), Belgium (Antwerp).
  • NE7 (abbrev from "North Europe Service - 7") with transition through the Suez Canal. The itinerary includes as rotation the following ports in: China (Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen), Singapore, Greece (Piraeus-Athens), Holland (Rotterdam), Germany (Hamburg), Belgium (Antwerp).
  • G6 Alliance) "FE2 Service UK Express" route starts in Xingang (China) and calls at ports Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Yantian, Singapore, Tangier, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Le Havre, Tangier, Jebel Ali, Hong Kong, Qingdao, Xingang.
  • (G6 Alliance) Loop 4 starts in Basle (Switzerland) and calls at ports Rotterdam, Singapore, Yantian, Ningbo and Shanghai, then returns via Yantian, Singapore and Southampton.
  • (G6 Alliance) Loop 5 starts in Kwangyang (South Korea) and calls at ports Pusan, Shanghai, Singapore, Le Havre, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Thamesport, then returns via Singapore in Kwangyang.
  • (G6 Alliance) Loop 6 starts in Kaohsiung and calls at ports Xiamen, Shekou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Southampton, Antwerp, Hamburg, Rotterdam, then returns via Jebel Ali, Singapore and Shekou in Kaohsiung.
  • AEX1 loop (Asia-Europe) includes ports in China (Qingdao, Ningbo, Yantian, Shanghai), Malaysia (Kelang), UK (Felixstowe), Holland (Rotterdam), Germany (Hamburg), Belgium (Zeebrugge).
  • FAL ("French Asia Line") is an Europe-Asia shipping route (through Suez Canal) between UK and China, operated exclusively by CMA CGM. The fixed itinerary is between ports Southampton (England) and Tianjin-Xingang (China). Calling every 77 days at Port Le Havre (Paris, France), each of the largest CMA CGM ships transport nearly 200,000 tons of cargo between Europe, Middle East and East Asia.
  • FAL2 ("French Asia Line 2) and AEX7 loop (Asia-Europe) include ports in Saudi Arabia (Jeddah), China (Xiamen, Ningbo, Yantian, Chiwan, Shanghai), Malaysia (Kelang), UK (Felixstowe), Holland (Rotterdam), Germany (Hamburg), France (Le Havre), Belgium (Antwerp).
  • "SEAS 2" shipping route (Asia-South Africa-East Coast South America) leaves roundtrip from Busan (Korea). It serves cargo shipping (including South Korean automobile industry products, electronic merchandise, household appliances) to the largest ports in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Principal commodities shipped back from South America to Asia include mostly mineral raw materials and agricultural production.
  • MAX2 ("Middle East Asia Express 2") loop includes ports in China (Shanghai, Dalian, Ningbo, Nansha, Shekou, Xingang), South Korea (Busan), Malaysia (Kelang), UAE (Khor Al Fakkan, Jebel Ali).
  • Ll1 (Asia-Europe) shipping route leaves roundtrip from Shanghai and includes the ports Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian, Singapore, Suez Canal, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Gdansk, Wilhelmshaven, and back to Felixstowe, Suez Canal, Singapore, Yantian and Shanghai (77-day itinerary).
  • PAD (Panama Direct Line, aka "North Atlantic South Pacific") route is jointly operated by CMA CGM and Marfret. PAD is the only direct containership service between UK and New Zealand. It also provides direct shipping between Northern Europe, USA (east coast), South America (west coast) and Australia.

List of largest container ships in the world by line

Follows the list of world's largest maritime shipping companies and their fleets' largest vessels. By the ship's name (in brackets) are shown year built (when was launched) and its TEU capacity (max number of containers that it can carry).

cargo container ship (Maersk)

List of largest MAERSK ships

The Maersk company (founded 1928) is the largest shipping line in the world. The Maersk Line is a subsidiary company, operating as container ship division of the Danish conglomerate of corporations "AP Moller-Maersk Group". The Maersk Line company operates worldwide via 374 offices located in 116 countries. The company employs ~7000 seafarers plus ~25000 land-based staff. Maersk container ships are over 600 now, with a total TEU capacity of 3,8 million. APM-Maersk bought P&O Nedlloyd (the company's largest member) in 2005. P&O Nedlloyd once operated the world's 3rd largest fleet of boxships. As of 2016, APM-Maersk controls around 20% of all containers transported from Asia to Europe.

The largest among all Maersk ships (all named with suffix "Maersk") are:

  1. Madrid, Munich, Moscow, Milan (2017 / 20568 TEU)
  2. DSME order for 11 vessels of 19630 TEU (2nd generation Triple-E class)
  3. Marchen, Marit, Margrethe, Mathilde, Mette (2015 / 18270 TEU)
  4. Maren, Maribo, Marstal, Matz, Mayview, Merete, Mogens, Morten, Munkebo (2014 / 18270 TEU) - Triple-E series
  5. Magleby, McKinney Moller, Madison, Majestic, Marie, Mary (2013 / 18270 TEU) - Triple-E series
  6. Eugen (2008 / 15500 TEU) - E series
  7. Eleonora, Evelyn, Ebba, Elly, Edith (2007 / 15500 TEU) - E series
  8. Emma, Estelle (2006 / 15500 TEU) - E series
  9. Lome, Tema (2015, 14000 TEU)
  10. Danube, Euphrates, Indis, Tigris (2014, 14000 TEU)
  11. Edison, Eubank (2011 / 13092 TEU) Zodiac Maritime charter
  12. Edmonton, Elba, Essex, Evora (2011 / 13092 TEU) Rickmers charter
  13. Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Emden, Essen (2010 / 13092 TEU) Rickmers charter.

Note: The leading 20 vessels are all of the line's biggest Triple-E class ("Economy-Energy-Environment"). Next 8 vessels are of the line's E-class (all ship names begin with "E") built in the period 2006-2008. The 13100 TEU series ("Edinburgh class") includes only chartered container ships. The shipping market's charter rates (per day) for cargo vessels of this size and capacity are between USD 50-65 thousand.

MAERSK vessel details (20568 TEU - largest)

  • Madrid Maersk (launched April 2017) was the first of all 11 "Triple E-class" (2nd generation) vessels. Maersk Line ordered a total of 27 vessels (11x 20568 TEU, 16x 18270 TEU), thus replacing all the company's older ships by the 2018's end.
  • The ship's depth was increased to allow 12 tiers, and its width was improved to allow 24 bays and 23 container rows across weather deck. The bridge was moved 2 bays toward the ship's bow - to optimize its cargo capacity and to make it easier for stowage. The engines are lighter (7-cylinder MAN, instead of the 8-cylinder engines for the 18270 TEU ships), which increased load capacity and improved deadweight / DWT limitations.
  • Builder: Daewoo Shipbuilding (South Korea)
  • Class: Maersk Triple E-Class (second generation)
  • Flag: Denmark
  • Container capacity: 20,568 TEU / 1,800 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 22
  • Engines: MAN (twin main engine), IMO Tier II compliant
  • Propulsion: shaft generator motors double as electrical power generators; GE Marine provided its patented PTO/PTI technology (abbrev "power take-off/power take-in").
  • Power output: 52,649 kW
  • Speed: 21 kn / 24 mph / 39 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 53 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 58,6 m / 192 ft
  • LOA Length: 399 m / 1309 ft
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 214,286 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 206,000 tons

MAERSK vessel details (18270 TEU)

  • Following a 2016 contract with Wartsila (marine engines and equipment manufacturer), all largest MAERSK ships (old and new / under construction in China and South Korea) were upgraded with Wartsila's advanced "Nacos Platinum" system - integrated control and monitoring system covering the vessel's navigation, automation, power plant and propulsion.
  • Each of these boxships is equipped with waste heat recovery system, burning the exhaust gasses to provide additional propulsion and decreasing CO2 emissions according to IMO Tier 2 requirements. Other features are new-design main engine, improved architecture and improved propulsion units, resulting in lower fuel consumption and better dynamic characteristics.
  • MAERSK "Triple E class" ships are also the world's largest by above-deck containers volume. The name "Triple E" comes from the 3 main design principles of this class: "Economy of scale", "Energy efficient", "Environmentally improved". These are also the world's most efficient boxships per TEU.
  • Mc-Kinney Moller was the 1st of all 20 identical container carriers. Initially, these vessels were forced to operate well under their max cargo capacity, as most container ports certified to handle MAERSK's Triple E ships lacked gantry cranes tall enough to fully handle them.
  • Fun fact is that all their names start with "M".
  • Building cost: USD 190 million (total USD 3,8 billion)
  • Builder: Daewoo Shipbuilding (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 18,270 TEU / 1,800 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 22
  • Engines: MAN Diesel & Turbo 8S80ME-C 9.2
  • Power output: 59,360 kW
  • Speed: 22 kn / 25 mph / 41 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 53 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 59 m / 194 ft
  • LOA Length: 400 m / 1312 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 79,120 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 194,849 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 194,153 tons

MAERSK vessel details (15500 TEU)

  • MAERSK "E-class "vessels have hulls painted below the waterline with environmentally-friendly, silicone-based paint. The technology further reduces water resistance (fuel consumption) by 1200 t per vessel per year.
  • These boxships are highly automated and controlled by advanced computer systems. They are equipped with an integrated computer system housed in the engine control room. The system monitors 8000 data signals and can be controlled remotely from the bridge and cargo control room. This allows reducing the crew to just 13 people.
  • Fun fact is that all their names start with "E".
  • Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd (Denmark)
  • Container capacity: 15,500 TEU / 1,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 13
  • Engines: Wartsila Sulzer RTA96-C
  • Power output: 80,080 kW
  • Speed: 24,5 kn / 28 mph / 44 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 53 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 56 m / 184 ft
  • LOA Length: 397 m / 1304 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 55,396 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 170,794 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 156,907 tons

MAERSK LINE

  • Following a contract signed in 2016 with Wartsila (marine engines and equipment manufacturer), all the MAERSK line's largest ships (the old ones, and the new vessels under construction in China and South Korea) will be upgraded with the Wartsila's advanced "Nacos Platinum" system. This is an integrated control and monitoring system covering the vessel's navigation, automation, power plant and propulsion.
  • In May 2016 was announced the contract with GE'(Marine Solutions department / power conversion) for providing MAERSK Line with the GE's latest PTO/PTI technology (abbrev from "Power Take Off/Power Take In"). It consists of 2 drives and 2 induction motors (instead of synchronous motors) plus power management system. This technology provides excess power on demand, in the same time reducing fuel consumption. When the vessel's propel is not used, PTO/PTI directs the surplus energy to power systems and equipment on the ship. The equipment also includes a shaft generator motor (positioned between the propeller and the main engine) acting as either generator or booster. It generates electrical power by harnessing the drive shaft's mechanical energy and converting it into electricity (from the slowest speed all the way up to the design speed). The contract is for equipping eleven MAERSK 2nd generation Triple-E ships (each with TEU capacity 19630). The GE's power conversion equipment will be installed during the vessels construction at the DSME shipyard in South Korea.
  • As of 2016, MAERSK line owns 254 and operates under charter 345 vessels. Current MAERSK new ship orders are 15 (TEU 138600, or 4,7% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest MSC ships

The MSC shipping line (abbreviation from "Mediterranean Shipping Company SA", founded 1970) is the SECOND largest shipping line in the world in terms of TEU / container capacity. The MSC shipping company has no presence on the stock market - an unique feature for such a huge corporation. As of the end of 2014, the MSC line operated a fleet of 471 container ships with TEU capacity 2,550,000. MSC is a Switzerland-based company operating in all major ports worldwide. Part of the MSC shipping company (a subsidiary division) is the MSC Cruises company.

The largest among all MSC ships are:

  1. Anna,  Viviana (2016-2017 / 19400 TEU)
  2. Leanne, Rifaya, Tina (2017 / 19224 TEU)
  3. Diana, Ditte, Eloane, Erica, Ingy, Jade, Mirja, Mirjam, Reef (2016 / 19224 TEU)
  4. Clara, Maya, Oliver, Oscar, Sveva, Zoe (2015 / 19224 TEU)
  5. New York (2014 / 18270 TEU)
  6. London (2014), Venice (2016), Amsterdam, Hamburg, Istanbul, (2015 / 16650 TEU)
  7. Deila, Valeria (2012 / 14000 TEU)
  8. Fillippa, Ravenna, Taranto (2011 / 14000 TEU)
  9. Alexandra, Genova, La Spezia, Melatilde, Paloma, Rosa M, Savona (2010 / 14000 TEU)
  10. Danit (2009, Camille (2009 / 14000 TEU)
  11. Beatrice, Gaia, Livorno, Sonia (2010 / 13798 TEU)
  12. Bettina, Emanuela, Eva, Irene, Kalina (2009 / 13798 TEU)
  13. Daniela (2008 / 13798 TEU)
  14. Cristina (2011 / 13102 TEU) - chartered from Navios Partners
  15. Altair (2012 / 13102 TEU) - chartered from SinOceanic.

In September 2017 was announced that MSC is close to sign a shiporder with Samsung for up to six 22,000 TEU (largest) boxships plus another 5 by Daewoo.

MSC vessel details (19400-19200 TEU - largest)

  • Fun fact is the each of MSC's 19000 TEU boxships can carry an equivalent of 39000 cars. This is a series of all 20 newPanamax vessels (ULC / ultra large), 6 of which were delivered in 2015, and the remainder in 2016-2017.
  • Best features: innovative engine design (low fuel consumption), double-hull structure, optimized propulsion (decreases fuel consumption and CO2 emissions with over 35% per TEU compared to conventional MSC ships).
  • Building cost: USD 140 million each
  • Builder: Daewoo Shipbuilding (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 19,224 TEU / 1,800 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 35
  • Engines: B&W 11S90ME-C (10.2)
  • Power output: 16 MW (21,000 hp)
  • Speed: 22,8 kn / 25 mph / 41 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 53 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 59 m / 194 ft
  • LOA Length: 1 (395 m / 1296 ft), 2 (398 / 1307), 3 (400 / 1312)
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 111,432 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 1 (192,240 tons), 2 (194,310), 3 (193,490)
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 197,362 tons
  • Flag: Liberia
  • Shipowners: Ocean Wind Shipping, Tiny Box Shipping, Xianggui International Ship Lease.
  • Note: The 19400 TEU class' stats are 19368 TEUs, GT 187,587, width 58,6 m (192 ft).

MSC vessel details (14000 TEU)

  • Ship's design ensures lower trim and better stability when fully loaded. The main engine boasts 72240 kW (98875 HP) full output power, enough for reaching max speed of 25 knots (29 mph / 46 kph).
  • Daewoo made some innovations in the boxship's design. The 9-deck high bridge superstructure is located midship, while funnels and engine room are placed aft, which gives better stability.
  • Builder: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 14,000 TEU / 2,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 30
  • Engines: MAN B&W 12K98MC-C
  • Power output: 72,240 KW
  • Speed: 22 kn / 25 mph / 41 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 53 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 51 m / 167 ft
  • LOA Length: 352 m / 1155 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 89,067 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 153,115 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 165,887 tons

MSC vessel details (13800 TEU)

  • MSC ordered a total of 26 vessels (ranging 13800 to 14000 TEUs) to Daewoo and Samsung. The bigger ones are all Daewoo-built.
  • The MSC 13800 TEU boxship design ensures lower drag and better stability when fully loaded. The ship features separate engine room and deckhouse (bow-located). This was done to cut down on ballast water and to achieve max cargo capacity. The hull is fitted with high tensile steel to increase stiffness and reduce bending. Fuel tanks are below deckhouse. Close to engine room are positioned 7 standard cargo holds plus an additional smaller one. The ship has all 25 lashings ("lashing bridges") for optimum container distribution, additional stability and higher cargo loads. Lashings' height is nearly the same as the one of two tiers.
  • Best features: double-hull structure, optimized propulsion
  • Builder: Samsung Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 13,798 TEU / 1,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 30
  • Engines: MAN SE B&W 12K98MC-C
  • Power output: 72,240 KW
  • Speed: 23,5 kn / 26 mph / 43 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 15 m / 49 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 51 m / 167 ft
  • LOA Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 83,150 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 151,560 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 162,870 tons

As of 2016, MSC line owns 193 and operates under charter 299 container cargo vessels. Current MSC new ship orders are 58 (TEU 730896, or 28,7% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest CMA CGM ships

CMA CGM line is the THIRD largest container ship company in the world. The CMA CGM company operates on 170 itinerary routes between 400 ports in 150 different countries, with combined TEU of 1,750,000. The CMA CGM shipping line's main headquarters are in France (Marseille), while its North American headquarters are in the USA (Norfolk VA). Each of the CMA CGM ships has 20-25 crew on board. Curious fact is that the CMA CGM's majority owner is the Saade family (Marseille, France). Mr Jacques Saade is the company's founder, CEO and group chairman.

In 2017, CMA CGM (through its subsidiary ANL) purchased the majority shares of SOFRANA Unilines (major operator in Oceania and South Pacific). SOFRANA operates 10 vessels on 8 routes and serve 21 ports in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Pacific islands. The company joins CMA CGM as part of the combined SOFRANA ANL Group.

cma-cgm container ship toy (VILAC)

The largest among all CMA CGM ships are:

  1. Benjamin Franklin, Bougainville, Georg Forster, James Cook, Kerguelen, Vasco De Gama, Zheng He (2015 / 17722 TEU)
  2. Alexander von Humboldt, Jules Verne (2013 / 16020 TEU)
  3. Marco Polo (2012 / 16020 TEU)
  4. Theodore Roosevelt (2015, 14855 TEU)
  5. Laperouse (2009 / 13830 TEU)
  6. Corte Real, Amerigo Vespucci, Christophe Colomb, Magellan (2010 / 13830 TEU)
  7. Effingham, Enfield, Erving (2011 / 13102 TEU - chartered from Zodiac Maritime
  8. Margrit (2012 / 13102 TEU - chartered from Zodiac Maritime
  9. Alaska, Nevada (2011 / 12552 TEU)
  10. Andromeda, Aquila (2009, 11388 TEU)
  11. Cassiopeia, Centaurus, Columba, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Lyra, Pegasus, Titan (2010, 11388 TEU)
  12. Hydra, Musca (2009, 11040 TEU)
  13. Thalassa, Vela (2008, 11040 TEU)

On September 19, 2017, CMA CGM signed a shiporder with CSSC Group for nine 22,000 TEU (largest) boxships. As of 2017, CMA CGM has in China over 3,000 employees (in all 61 agencies), 119 shipping lines (calling on 13 Chinese ports), 5 weekly services China-France (2 weekly services Marseille-Shanghai).

CMA CGM vessel details (18000 TEU - largest)

  • These boxships have all the latest marine technologies implemented. The optimized hull design features bulbous bow and double-hull protection. The advanced steering system features twisted-edge rudder with bulb. The vessel's fast oil-recovery system retrieves quickly and efficiently hydrocarbons in fuel bunkers. There is an equipment limiting the risk of hydraulic oil leakage. The latest generation MAN diesel engine is electronically controlled and self-adjusted, featuring automatically tuned system. The boxship boasts a decrease of CO2 emissions by 10% (37g per container per km) compared to the old-design. This ranks them among of the greenest by the newest cargo shipping transportation standards accepted worldwide. These vessels exceed all marine transportation requirements and fully respond to IMO's 2025 energy efficiency regulations.
  • CMA CGM's 18000 TEU boxships are among the largest ever built in China.
  • Fun facts. If aligned, all the boxship's containers would cover the Hamburg-Hanover distance. The engine thrust is equivalent to the one generated by ten Airbus A380 (4-engine jet airliners - the largest passenger aircrafts in the world today). The power output is equal to that of 900 mid-class automobiles. The power plant produces electricity enough to sustain 16000 households.
  • Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS, a CSSC's subsidiary)
  • Building cost: USD 151 million
  • Container capacity: 18,000 TEU / 1,100 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Cargo tonnage: 240,000 tons
  • Crew capacity: 27
  • Engines: MAN B&W 11S90ME-C9.2
  • Fuel consumption: 330 tons per day
  • Power output: 87,900 hp / 65,500 kW
  • Speed: 25 kn / 29 mph / 47 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 53 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 54 m / 177 ft
  • LOA Length: 398 m / 1305 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 100,000 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 175,690 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 185,000 tons

CMA CGM vessel details (16000 TEU)

  • These boxships offer cargo cruises with 5 double passenger cabins available for booking through CMA CGM. Guests can share the everyday crew life and take advantage of a small lounge with TV set, and even a swimming pool, gym room, small library.
  • Fun cat is that the 16,000 containers (If lined side by side) would stretch 97 km / 60 ml end to end.
  • Daewoo Shipbuilding (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 16,020 TEU / 1,100 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 27
  • Engines: Wartsila-Hyundai 14RT-flex96C
  • Power output: 80,080 kW
  • Speed: 25 kn / 29 mph / 47 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 53 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 53,6 m / 175 ft
  • LOA Length: 396 m / 1300 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 101,053 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 175,343 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 186,470 tons

CMA CGM vessel details (14000 TEU)

  • These are the company's "Explorer" series of all 8 boxships, all named after famous world explorers. They are all "Clean Ship C" Bureau Veritas classified, and implement many of the latest marine technologies, such as optimized hull design, double-hull tanks, electronically controlled marine diesel engine, Fast Oil Recovery System.
  • These boxships offer 1 twin and 4 double-bedded cruise cabins to accommodate a maximum of 10 cruise passengers. There are dedicated passenger lounge, outside terrace, swimming pool, modern gym.
  • Daewoo Shipbuilding (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 13,830 TEU / 800 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 27
  • Engines: Wartsila-Hyundai 14 RT Flex 96C
  • Power output: 80,080 kW
  • Speed: 24 kn / 28 mph / 44 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 53 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 51 m / 167 ft
  • LOA Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 81,900 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 152,991 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 156,887 tons

CMA CGM vessel details (12600 TEU)

  • This is a series of all 5 boxships, of which only 2 were ever produced (Alaska, Nevada). The names chosen for the other 3 were Montana, Colorado, California.
  • Samsung Shipbuilding (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 12,552 TEU / 1000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 22
  • Engines: MAN B&W 12K98 ME-C7.1
  • Power output: 72,240 kW
  • Speed: 24 kn / 28 mph / 44 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 53 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 48 m / 157 ft
  • LOA Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 75,664 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 140,259 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 142,400 tons

CMA CGM LINE

  • In December 2015, the CMA CGM company started talks for financing for the Singapore-listed NOL (abbrev from "Neptune Orient Lines") acquisition. The talks were with some of the world's largest banks, including BNP Paribas, HSBC, JP Morgan. The NOL's debt was close to USD 3 billion, while the company's market capitalization was close to USD 2 billion. The deal is CMA CGM to buy off the stocks of the NOL's largest shareholder Temasek Holdings (65% of all shares), eventually leading to an offer for the whole NOL company. On April 29, 2016, CMA CGM announced it has received the European Commission's approval for the deal.
  • The Bougainville vessel is the world's first ever boxship with implemented TRAXENS technology, transforming standard TEUs into "smart containers". The system enables all container units to communicate with the line's headquarters (via data centers), with the ship's management and also among themselves using built-in antennas. TRAXENS collects in real time data about the TEU's location, temperature and humidity, vibrations, any impacts or attempted unauthorized openings, customs clearance, etc.
  • In November 2015, the French companies CMA-CGM and VILAC (wooden toys manufacturer) created a cobranding partnership, launching the world's first ever wooden container ship toy. The new toy is named "My First Containership" and will be available for purchasing at all VILAC-distributing shops and also online.
  • As of 2016, CMA CGM line owns 83 and operates under charter 380 container cargo vessels. Current CMA CGM new ship orders are 36 (TEU 370796, or 21,4% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest EVERGREEN ships

The EVERGREEN MARINE shipping company (or simply EVERGREEN, founded 1968) is a Taiwan-based freight shipping line. This is a corporation conglomerate with many divisions and subsidiary companies, among which are the shipping lines Uniglory Marine (Taiwan), Hatsu Marine (UK), Italia Marittima (Italy). The company's other markets are ship and containers construction, port management, maritime engineering. EVERGREEN also steps on the East Asia's air travel industry market, partnering with the airlines EVA Airways (Taiwan) and Uni Air (China). EVERGREEN MARINE Corp is the FOURTH largest container ship company in the world, with a fleet of over 150 vessels calling on 240+ ports in 80+ countries. The line's main trade routes are Asia-Europe (via Suez Canal) and Asia-USA (East Coast). Most of the Evergreen's containers are painted green (black lettering). The company's reefers (refrigerated containers) are white with the "EVERGREEN" lettering in green.

The largest among all EVERGREEN ships are:

  1. Ever TBN / to be named (2017 / 18000 TEU)
  2. THALASSA Avra, Axia, Doxa, Elpida, Mana, Niki, Pistis, Tyhi (2014 / 13800 TEU) - chartered
  3. THALASSA Hellas, Patris (2013 / 13800 TEU) - chartered
  4. Ever Lambent, Ever Laden, Ever Lasting, Ever Leading, Ever Laurel, Ever Libra, Ever Lawful (2012 / 8508 TEU)
  5. Ever Leader, Ever Legacy, Ever Living, Ever Linking (2013 / 8508 TEU)
  6. Ever Lucid, Ever Lively, Ever Lenient, Ever Lucent, Ever Lissome, Ever Loading, Ever Lunar (2014 / 8508 TEU)
  7. Ever Lyric, Ever Lovely, Ever Lifting (2015 / 8508 TEU)
  8. Ever Logic, Ever Liven, Ever Legend, Ever Learned, Ever Legion (2013 / 8452 TEU)
  9. Ever Loyal, Ever Liberal, Ever Lucky (2014 / 8452 TEU)

Note: Besides its owned vessels, the EVERGREEN line also operates container ships under charter (with TEU capacity raging from 8800 to 13800). In the above list, all the 10 (13800 TEU) boxships are operated under 5-years charter from the Greek shipowner Enesel SA.

EVERGREEN vessel details

THALASSA-named

  • In July 2012, the shipbuilder Hyundai (HHI) won the Enesel's USD 1,2 billion ship building order (USD 116,5 million per vessel). All the 10 new Thalassa-named containerships were delivered and launched in 2013-2014. Upon delivery, they were chartered by EVERGREEN under an initial 5-year charter deal with the shipowner Enesel SA.
  • Builder: Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 13,806 TEU, 800 Reefer Plugs
  • Crew capacity: 35
  • Engines: MAN B&W 11S90ME-C9.2-T II
  • Power output: 63,909 kW
  • Speed: 23 kn / 27 mph / 43 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 52 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 51 m / 167 ft
  • LOA Length: 368 m / 1207 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: - 67,300 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 146,700 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 152,210 tons
  • "Thalassa" means "sea / ocean" in Greek.
  • All these ships service the Asia-Northern Europe trade route named "North Europe Service - 5" (abbrev NE5) via Suez Canal.

EVERGREEN LINE

  • (new container ships): In 2015, the EVERGREEN Group announced the signing of an agreement with the shipbuilder Imabari (Japan) for building 10 additional boxships with TEU capacity of 2800 each. This makes the new 2800 TEU series consisting of 20 small-capacity cargo ships in total. The first ship is scheduled for delivery in 2017. The whole series will be completed by 2018. All these container ships will be deployed on Asian (intra-Asia) trade routes exclusively. The 20 new cargo carriers are B-type categorized (length 690 ft / 211 m, width 108 ft / 32,8 m, draft 33 ft / 10m). This design allows each of them to dock easily in smaller and shallower container terminals in numerous Southeast Asian cargo ports. The new EVERGREEN ships will be capable to load 13 rows of containers on deck.
  • In September 2015, EVERGREEN Marine announced its plans to charter 11 new boxships, each with capacity 18000 TEU.
  • As of 2016, EVERGREEN line owns 106 and operates under charter 99 container cargo vessels. Current EVERGREEN new ship orders are 23 (TEU 355016, or 36,2% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest HAPAG LLOYD ships

The HAPAG LLOYD shipping company (abbreviation from "Hamburg-Amerikanische Paketfahrt-Aktien-Gesellschaft" plus NDL / "Norddeutscher Lloyd", merger founded 1970) is a German cargo container line. The company also owns the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises line (now part of TUI AG). The 1970's merger was between two of the world's oldest cargo shipping companies - Hapag (1847) and NDL (1856). The HAPAG LLOYD company is the FIFTH largest container shipping line in the world, with a fleet of over 180 vessels and TEU capacity of 966437.

The largest among all HAPAG LLOYD ships are:

  1. Note: Following the 2017 merger with UASC, HL operates all UASC ships.
  2. Wide India (2015 / 14000 TEU)
  3. Wide Alpha, Wide Bravo, Wide Charlie (2014 / 14000 TEU)
  4. Ulsan Express, Ludwigshafen Express, Leverkusen Express (2014 / 13169 TEU)
  5. Hong Kong Express, Shanghai Express, Essen Express, Antwerpen Express (2013 / 13169 TEU)
  6. Hamburg Express, Basle Express, New York Express (2012 / 13169 TEU)

HAPAG LLOYD vessel details (14000 TEU)

  • Note: From the same class are the MAERSK ships DANUBE, EUPHRATES, INDUS, LOME, TEMA, TIGRIS.
  • Among these boxships' innovations is the new-technology ballast water treatment equipment (manufactured by Mahle Industriefilter, Hamburg). Without using chemicals, the new system cleans the ship's ballast water before it enters / leaves its ballast water tanks. The system uses filtration and UV light treatment technology, preventing live organisms in the tanks from escaping into foreign ecosystems.
  • These vessels are classed "1A1 Container carrier BIS BWM".
  • Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 13,169 TEU / 800 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 24
  • Engines: 11K98ME7, MAN Diesel & Turbo
  • Power output: 58,274 KW
  • Speed: 24 kn / 28 mph / 44 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 15,5 m / 49 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 48 m / 157 ft
  • Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 29,415
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 51,872 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 65,347 tons

HAPAG LLOYD vessel details (13200 TEU)

  • Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 13,169 TEU / 800 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 24
  • Engines: 11K98ME7, MAN Diesel & Turbo
  • Power output: 58,274 KW
  • Speed: 24 kn / 28 mph / 44 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 15,5 m / 49 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 48 m / 157 ft
  • LOA Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 60,481
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 142,295 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 127,106 tons

HAPAG LLOYD LINE

  • In December 2014, Hapag-Lloyd merged with CSAV (Compania Sud Americana de Vapores, Chilean company). Hapag-Lloyd's current major owners are CSAV (31%), Hamburg-based investment holding (21%), Klaus Michael Kuehne (20%).
  • (new container ships): In April 2015, HAPAG LLOYD ordered a series of 5 new container carriers at total cost USD 370 million. Their scheduled delivery is between Oct 2016 and May 2017. Each boxship has capacity 10500 TEUs plus 2100 reefers (refrigerated container) plugs. They all will be deployed on South American shipping routes.
  • On April 21, 2016, Hapag-Lloyd confirmed talks for a merge with UASC (United Arab Shipping Compan). The combination of the two groups would create the world's 4th-largest container shipping company. The new joint venture will be headquartered in Hamburg, with UASC holding around 1/3 of the merged company's shares.
  • As of 2016, HAPAG LLOYD line owned 75 and operated under charter 109 container cargo vessels. HAPAG LLOYD new ship orders were 7 (TEU 71148, or 7,4% of the existing fleet's capacity).
  • HAPAG LLOYD and UASC officially merged on May 24, 2017. Following the merger, UASC became the new company's largest shareholder, while HAPAG LLOYD became the combined fleet's sole operator. As of 2017, UASC-HAPAG LLOYD fleet consisted of 219 vessels, ranking it the world's 5th largest.

List of largest UASC ships

The UASC shipping company (abbreviation from "United Arab Shipping Company", founded 1976) is a Dubai-based container line. Aka "UASC Kuwait", this is joint venture company owned by six state-shareholders - UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq. The UASC company is also among the world's largest container shipping lines, with a fleet of over 50 vessels (owned and chartered). It's operations include over 75 countries and over 200 cargo ports and marine shipping destinations worldwide. The newest UASC vessels are famous for they capability to be powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas).

The largest among all UASC ships are:

  1. Al Dahna, Tihama (2016 / 18800 TEU)
  2. Al Muraykh, Al Nefud, Al Zubara, Barzan (2015 / 18800 TEU)
  3. Afif, Al Jmeliyah (2017 / 15000 TEU)
  4. Al Mashrab, Al Dhail, Al Jasrah, Umm Qarn (2016 / 15000 TEU)
  5. Al Murabba, Al Nasriyah, Salahuddin, Linah (2015 / 15000 TEU)
  6. Sajir (2014 / 15000 TEU)
  7. Ain Snan, Al Qibla, Al Riffa, Alula, Jebel Ali, Malik Al Ashtar (2012 / 13500 TEU)
  8. Tayma (2012 / 13500 TEU)
  9. Umm Salal (2010 / 13500 TEU)
  10. Unayzah (2012 / 13500 TEU)

UASC vessel details (18800 TEU - largest)

  • UASC's 19000 TEU series (A19 class) is among shipping industry's most eco-efficient cargo container carriers. These are some of the world's first ultra-large (New-Panamax) LNG-ready container ships. It is amazing that the construction process for each UASC A18 vessel (18,800 TEU) takes just 6 months.
  • These are DNV GL classed vessels of a new class ultra-large cargo carriers - largest ever in the UASC fleet. This class features optimized hull and superstructure design and latest propulsion efficiency marine technologies. The ship's EEDI Index value is close to 50% below the limit set by IMO for 2025. The vessel has CO2 output per TEU over 60% below that of UASC's all nine 13,500 TEU ships delivered in 2012.
  • Technologies deployed on 18,800 TEU vessels include shore-to-ship power supply (zero emissions at berth / while docked), energy efficient integrated system (optimizing machinery operations), propulsion systems and navigation decision-making technologies. The ship can be loaded with standard containers 10 tiers (decks) deep below, and up to 11 high decks. Deck containers rows are 23.
  • Builder: Hyundai Heavy Industries (Mokpo, South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 18,800 TEU / 1,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 22
  • Engines: Hyundai B&W 10590ME-C10.2
  • Power output: 16 MW
  • Speed: 23 kn / 27 mph / 43 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 52 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 59 m / 190 ft
  • LOA Length: 400 m / 1312 ft
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 195,636 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 199,744 tons

UASC vessel details (15000 TEU)

  • UASC's 15000 TEU vessels (A15 class) are with loading capacity 14993 (exact) and are DNV GL classed. Their CO2 output per TEU is 22% less than UASC's 13500 TEU ships.
  • Builder: Hyundai Heavy Industries (Mokpo and Samho yards, South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 15,000 TEU / 1,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Speed: 23 kn / 27 mph / 43 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 15 m / 49 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 51 m / 167 ft
  • Length: 368 m / 1207 ft
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 153,148 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 150,000 tons

UASC vessel details (13500 TEU)

  • These are LLOYD'S class 100A1 (A13 class) vessels. They feature Waste Heat Recovery Systems, converting exhaust gases to electric power and reducing carbon emissions. Hulls are coated with silicone paint specially designed to reduce water resistance and cut fuel consumption.
  • Builder: Samsung Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 13,500 TEU / 1,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Engines: B&W 12K98ME-7
  • Power output: 71,760 KW
  • Speed: 26 kn / 30 mph / 48 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 15,5 m / 49 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 48 m / 157 ft
  • LOA Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 141,077 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 145,327 tons

UASC LINE

  • UASC's newbuilding project was initiated in August 2013, following an investment of USD 2 billion. It included the construction of all 17 mega container ships. Among the new ships are eleven 15000 TEU ships and six 18800 TEU ships, all with planned delivery by September 2016. The 15000 TEU ships are all fitted with 1000 reefers and designed for a quick LNG retrofit at a later stage.
  • UASC Sajir was delivered in November 2014 as the world's first ever LNG-ready ultra large container cargo ship.
  • UASC's A13 class carriers (13500 TEU) were ordered in 2008 at combined price USD 1,5 billion.
  • As of 2016, UASC line owned 30 and operated under charter 22 container vessels. New ship orders were 13 (TEU 213944, or 52,5% of the existing fleet's capacity).
  • UASC and HAPAG-LLOYD officially merged on May 24, 2017. Following the merger, UASC became the new company's largest shareholder, while HAPAG-LLOYD became the combined fleet's sole operator. As of 2017, HAPAG LLOYD-UASC fleet consisted of 219 vessels, ranking it the world's 5th largest.

List of largest COSCO ships

The COSCO shipping company (abbreviation from "China Ocean Shipping Company", founded 1961) is a Beijing-based container line. Aka "COSCO Group" (or simply "COSCO China"), this is a SOE company (state-owned enterprise) - fully owned and operated by the Chinese government. COSCO Group owns 7 stock exchange listed companies and 300+ subsidiary companies in China and abroad. The company's business includes freight services, ship building and repairs, cargo terminal operations, containers manufacturing, also trade and finance, real estates, information technology. The COSCO company is the China's biggest and the SIXTH largest container shipping line in the world, with a fleet of over 550 vessels and TEU capacity of 840,000.

The largest among all COSCO ships are:

  1. Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Spain (2014 / 13386 TEU)
  2. France, Belgium, England, Netherlands (2013 / 13386 TEU)
  3. Faith, Hope, Excellence, Fortune (2012 / 13114 TEU)
  4. Glory, Development, Pride, Harmony (2011 / 13114 TEU)

COSCO vessel details (13400 TEU - largest)

  • This is a series of all 8 identical boxships (building cost USD 167 million each) delivered in 2013-2014 from the NACKS shipbuilding company ("Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering"). NACKS is a Japan-China joint venture company between "Kawasaki Heavy Industries" and COSCO.
  • These are neo-overpanamax vessels, being wider by 1 box for the new Panama locks. They are able to stow 20 container rows across all decks.
  • Builder: Cosco Nantong Shipyard (China)
  • Container capacity: 13,386 TEU
  • Engines: 12RT96-flex C-D
  • Power output: 72,360 kW
  • Speed: 24 kn / 28 mph / 44 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 14 m / 46 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 51 m / 167 ft
  • LOA Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: - 65,596 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 153,666 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 156,596 tons

COSCO vessel details (13100 TEU)

  • This is a series of all 8 identical boxships delivered 2011-2012 from HHI Hyundai. These post-Panamax container carriers were ordered by SCL (Seaspan) - multinational marine corporation specializing in containership management and ownership.
  • All these vessels are operated by COSCON under 12-year charter via the subsidiary Cosco Container Lines Europe GmbH (fixed-rate timecharter).
  • Shipowner: SCL (Seaspan Container Lines)
  • Builder: HHI Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 13,114 TEU
  • Engines: B&W 12K98ME
  • Power output: 68,840 kW
  • Speed: 24 kn / 28 mph / 44 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 14 m / 46 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 48 m / 157 ft
  • LOA Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 59,810 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 141,823 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 140,542 tons

COSCO LINE

  • COSCO corporation includes 7 stock-listed companies plus over 300 subsidiaries based in China and abroad.
  • (new container ships): In September 2015, the COSCO company announced it had signed contracts with 4 different Chinese shipyards for building a series of 11 boxships with capacity 19,000 TEU each. The contracted Chinese shipbuilders are: NACKS (Nantong Cosco - 3 vessels), DACKS (Dalian Cosco - 3 vessels), Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (3 vessels) and Dalian Shipbuilding (2 vessels). The order's total cost is USD ~1,5 billion.
  • As of 2016, COSCO line owns 86 and operates under charter 78 container cargo vessels. Current COSCO new ship orders are 10 (TEU 119500, or 14,5% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest CSCL ships

The CSCL shipping company (abbreviation from "China Shipping Container Lines", founded 1997) is a division of the "China Shipping Group" corporate conglomerate. Both companies are specialized in marine vessel shipping services, operating fully-owned oil tankers, passenger (including ferry and cruise) ships and container ships. China Shipping Group additionally offers Terminal management services, also finance/investment, engineering, human resources, maritime technologies. The CSCL company is currently the SEVENTH largest container shipping line in the world, with a fleet of over 150 vessels and TEU capacity of 600,000.

The largest among all CSCL ships are:

  1. Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean (2015 / 19100 TEU)
  2. Globe, Pacific Ocean (2014 / 19100 TEU)
  3. Neptune, Uranus (2012 / 14074 TEU)
  4. Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Venus (2011 / 14074 TEU)
  5. Star (2010 / 14074 TEU)

CSCL vessel details (19000 TEU - largest)

  • Fun fact is that stacked end to end, the containers each of these boxships carries would be 5 times higher than Mount Everest (height 8848 m / 29029 ft). This class was superseded by MSC Oscar - with capacity just 124 containers more. CSCL's all 5 19K TEU boxships were ordered in May 2013 for USD 700 million.
  • The diesel engine (height 17 m / 56 ft) was specifically designed to reduce noise and CO2 emissions, in the same time maximizing the vessel's fuel efficiency and permitting service speed of 20,5 knots (38 kph). Max speed exceeds 22 knots (41 kph) during sea trials.
  • Builder: Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 19,100 TEU / 2,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 31
  • Engines: MAN B&W 12S90ME-C
  • Power output: 69,720 kW
  • Speed: 22 kn / 25 mph / 41 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 53 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 59 m / 194 ft
  • LOA Length: 400 m / 1312 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 86,434 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 187,541 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 184,605 tons

CSCL vessel details (14000 TEU)

  • CSCL's 14K TEU boxships are "Clean Shipping Index" verified. GL (Germanischer Lloyd) performed audits and confirmed that submitted data met all the index' requirements. Container shipping lines aspiring to procure contracts from Clean Shipping Network members must have at least 2 such vessels in their fleet. The index guarantees a max score on CO2 emissions, meaning emissions are much lower than those of reference cargo ships of the same TEU type.
  • Fun fact is that if lined up, all containers would run 53 ml (85 km). If put it stand on end, the ship will be 165 ft (50 m) higher than the Eiffel Tower.
  • Building cost: USD 170 million each
  • Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy industries (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 14,074 TEU / 1,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 27
  • Engines: MAN B&W 12 K98MC-C
  • Power output: 72,240 kW
  • Speed: 22 kn / 25 mph / 41 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 15 m / 49 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 51 m / 167 ft
  • LOA Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 80,514 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 150,853 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 155,480 tons

CSCL LINE

  • In early November 2015, CSCL announced its intention to bareboat charter (no crew or provisions included) up to 11 boxships each with capacity 21000 TEUs. Six of the vessels will be on a firm charter, keeping the option for 5 more units. Details on the shipowner and the potential shipbuilder (for the optional 5 boxships) were not revealed.
  • In early April 2016, the marine engine manufacturer Wartsila was awarded a contract to supply a total of 32 "Wartsila Auxpac 32" diesel engines (power generator sets) for 8 of the CSCL's new 13500 TEU container ships. The 8 ships are being built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Co Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of CSSC). The order was placed with the company's Chinese (Shanghai-based) joint venture company CWEC. The Wartsila engines delivery to the shipbuilding yard will start in the 2017's first half.
  • The Auxpac generator set is designed for large container ships with a required auxiliary power from 2500 to 4500 kWe (kilowatts electrical) per generator set. The engine features powerful output, compact design, great power-to-space ratio, outstanding performances.
  • The CWEC (CSSC Wartsila Engine Company Ltd) was established in July 2014. The company produces large, medium-speed (4-stroke) marine diesel engines and also dual-fuel engines. The engines are installed on large-sized boxships, LNG carriers, also on ferry and cruise ships. CWEC produces the Wartsila engine models 26, 32, 34DF, 46F and 46DF.
  • As of 2016, CSCL line owns 68 and operates under charter 70 container cargo vessels (no new ship orders).

List of largest HANJIN ships

The HANJIN shipping company (founded 1977) is the South Korea's largest shipping line company. HANJIN also specializes in maritime logistics, cargo terminal operations (owns dock yards in Asia, Europe, USA) and in more than 60 countries, . HANJIN Shipping Co Ltd is part of the Hanjin Group - a holding corporation that also owns KAL (Korean Air Lines), The HANJIN company is currently the EIGHTH largest container shipping line in the world, with a diverse fleet of cargo vessels, among which container carriers (total TEU capacity of 633,495), bulk cargo carriers, LNG carriers, VLCC vessels ("Very Large Crude Carrier" /tankers for crude oil and chemicals).

The largest among all HANJIN ships are:

  1. Sooho, Europe, Africa, America, Asia (2012 / 13102 TEU)
  2. Blue Ocean, Harmony, Gold, Green Earth (2013 / 13102 TEU)
  3. Germany, Greece, Italy ((2011 / 10100 TEU) - Danaos Corp charter.

HANJIN vessel detail (13100 TEU - largest)

  • Builder: Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 13,102 TEU, 800 reefers
  • Engines: B&W 12K98ME
  • Power output: 68,840 kW
  • Speed: 24 kn / 28 mph / 44 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 15 m / 49 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 48 m / 157 ft
  • LOA Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 60,615 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 141,754 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 140,973 tons
  • HANJIN's 13000 TEU ships serve the Asia-Europe trade route NE6 (with Suez Canal transition). The Northern Europe Service 6 route (westbound) starts from the port of Qingdao (Eastern China) and visits the cargo ports of South Korea (Kwangyang, Pusan), China (Shanghai, Yantian), Singapore, Egypt (Suez Canal transit, Spain (Algeciras), Germany (Hamburg), Holland (Rotterdam), France (Le Havre, port to Paris). The reverse NE6 shipping route (eastbound) starts in the Mediterranean (from the port of Algeciras, Spain) and transits through the Suez Canal to Singapore and China (Yantian and Qingdao).
  • HANJIN's 10000 TEU-class (9954 TEUs) ships are all named after major countries they visit - Spain, Netherlands, China, United Kingdom, Korea.
  • All smaller HANJIN vessels (under 8600 TEUs) operated in the company's commercial fleet are named after big harbours and cities in which cargo ports they embark. Among those are Los Angeles, Long Beach, Seattle, Rotterdam, Hamburg, New York, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Bremerhaven, Budapest, Port Kelang, Tianjin, Xiamen, Mumbai, Rome, Paris.

As of 2016, HANJIN line owns 38 and operates under charter 66 container cargo vessels. Current HANJIN new ship orders are 4 (TEU 36120, or 5,7% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest MOL ships

The MOL shipping company (abbreviation from "Mitsui OSK Lines", founded 1884) is a Japanese transportation company with headquarters in Tokyo. MOL is part of Mitsui (group of interlocking business companies in Japan). The MOL company is currently the NINTH largest container shipping line in the world, with a diverse fleet of vessels, among which container carriers (total TEU capacity of 614,000), general cargo ships (bulk carriers, LNG carriers, tankers), ro-ro ships, ferries, even a cruise ship (Nippon Maru).

The largest among all MOL ships are:

  1. MOL tbn3, MOL tbn4 (2019 / 20170 TEU)
  2. MOL tbn1, MOL tbn2 (2018 / 20170 TEU)
  3. Triumph, Trust, Tribute, Tradition (2017 / 20170 TEU)
  4. Quality (2013 / 13900 TEU)
  5. Quartz (2013 / 13900 TEU) - ordered by NOL as APL Agile
  6. Quest (2013 / 13900 TEU)
  7. Quasar (2014 / 13900 TEU)
  8. Quintet (2014 / 13900 TEU)

MOL vessel detail (20000 TEU - world's largest boxship)

  • World's ever largest container ship MOL Triumph was delivered on March 27, 2017. The vessel was the first in a series of all 6 boxships. Four of those are operated by MOL, 2 are long-term chartered to SKK. All vessels from this series were scheduled for delivery in the period 2017-2019.
  • MOL Triumph's naming ceremony was on March 15, 2017. The ship operates on Asia to Europe trade route via FE2 service (UK Express) roundtrip from Xingang. For ports info see above - at "Container shipping trade routes".
  • Building cost: USD 155 million (each)
  • Container capacity: 20,170 TEU
  • Breadth (Width): 58,8 m / 193 ft
  • LOA Length: 400 m / 1312 ft
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 199,000 tons

MOL vessel detail (14000 TEU)

  • This 10-vessel series was ordered by NOL Group ("Neptune Orient Lines"). From the same class are also the APL vessels Merlion, Raffles, Sentosa, Temasek, Vanda.
  • MOL's 14,000 TEU series of container ships features several maritime technology innovations improving greatly their operational efficiency. The S-type long stroke marine diesel engine has an electronic fuel injection system, optimized for best fuel efficiency at various cargo volumes. The broader mono-hull design and the bulbous bow also lower fuel consumption at higher speeds. With this new cargo vessel design, the MOL shipping line was able to lower its fuel costs per TEU by 20%-30% for cruising speeds in the range 15-18 knots (17-21 mph / 28-33 kph). The new MOL vessels' fuel efficiency (EEDI certified index) is 1/3rd better than the IMO established standard. And for cargo ships, less fuel consumption means less GHG (greenhouse gas) pollution, particularly, carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Builder: Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 13,900 TEU
  • Engines: Hyundai MAN B & W 11S90ME-C9.2
  • Power output: 72,240 kW
  • Speed: 18 kn / 21 mph / 33 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 13 m / 43 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 51 m / 167 ft
  • LOA Length: 369 m / 1211 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 63,838
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 151,015 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 150,936 tons

MOL LINE

  • The 20150 TEU vessels order is to the South Korean shipbuilder SHI (Samsung). The contract (signed in March 2015) set the SHI's record for the world's largest container ships order. SHI renewed this record just a month later, signing in April 2015 the contract with OOCL for building six 21100 TEU ships.
  • APL increased its Japan cargo shipping coverage (starting in 2011) via a partnership with MOL (Mitsui OSK Lines). APL thus enhanced its transportation services on the Asia's JTP route as a slot operator. The new JTP service route (abbreviation from "Japan-Thailand-Philippine") also increased MOL's coverage of Japan cargo ports, in particular Tokyo, Yokohama, Shimizu, Nagoya.
  • As of 2016, MOL line owns 29 and operates under charter 84 container cargo vessels. Current MOL new ship orders are 10 (TEU 160940, or 26,2% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest HAMBURG SUD ships

The HAMBURG SUD shipping company (founded 1871 as "Hamburg Sudamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft" / translation "Hamburg South America Line") is a Germany-based subsidiary company, part of the Oetker Group (family-owned business conglomerate). The HAMBURG SUD company (aka "HAMBURG SUD Group") is currently the TENTH largest shipping line in the world, with a fleet of over 130 vessels and total TEU of over 600,900 containers. HAMBURG SUD's annual revenue is around 5,5 billion Euros. The company has around 5400 employees, and also owns the shipping lines Alianca (Brazil) and Ybarra Sud (Spain). The line's containers are painted in red (with white lettering /plus a huge red-white flag in between both words). The reefers (refrigerated containers) are painted white (with blue lettering and the red-white flag in between).

The largest among all HAMBURG SUD ships are:

  1. Cap San Juan, Cap San Lazaro, Cap San Vincent (2015 / 10600 TEU)
  2. Cap San Antonio, Cap San Artemissio, Cap San Maleas, Cap San Raphael (2014 / 9814 TEU)
  3. Cap San Augustin, Cap San Lorenzo, Cap San Marco, Cap San Nicolas (2013 / 9814 TEU)

HAMBURG SUD vessel details (10600 TEU - largest)

  • Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 10,600 TEU / 1000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Engines: B&W 7S90ME-C10
  • Power output: 40,670 kW
  • Speed: 21 kn / 24 mph / 39 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 14 m / 46 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 49 m / 161 ft
  • LOA Length: 331 m / 1086 ft
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 117,000 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 121,900 tons

HAMBURG-SUD LINE

  • The company is part of Oetker Group (Dr Oetker) - German family-owned, food processing company established in 1891.
  • In March 2015, Hamburg Sud Group acquired Companía Chilena de Navegacion Interoceanica ((CCNI- Chilean shipping company). The Sud company reported a shipment volume growth of 21,5% (over 2014) to 4,101 million TEUs. Its current containership fleet capacity is 625000 TEUs.
  • As of 2016, HAMBURG-SUD line owns 41 and operates under charter 88 container cargo vessels. Current HAMBURG SUD new ship orders are 5 (TEU 49560, or 8,2% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest OOCL ships

The OOCL shipping company (abbreviation from "Orient Overseas Container Line", founded 1969) is a Hong Kong-based subsidiary company, owned by Orient Overseas Ltd (OOIL - an international investment holding / stock-listed company). The OOCL company is currently the ELEVENTH largest shipping line in the world, with a fleet of over 270 vessels and total TEU of over 553,800 containers. OOCL ships are operated via 280+ offices in 55 countries. Some of the line's subsidiary companies own/operate dedicated OOCL container ship terminals in Asia and North America.

The largest among all OOCL ships are:

  1. (2017 / 21413 TEU / G Class) Hong Kong, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom
  2. (2014 / 13208 TEU) Korea, Singapore, Malaysia
  3. (2013 / 13208 TEU) Bangkok (OOIL charter), Berlin, Brussels,Chongqing (OOIL charter), Egypt, France, Poland
  4. From the same series are also the chartered by NYK vessels Helios, Hercules, Hermes, Hyperion.

OOCL vessel details (21400 TEU)

  • OOCL Hong Kong was first in a series of all 6 vessels of this series.
  • Builder: Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries (Geoje Island, South Bangkok)
  • Building cost: USD 158,6 million each
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 52 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 59 m / 193 ft
  • LOA Length: 400 m / 1312 ft
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 210890 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 191,317 tons

OOCL vessel details (13000 TEU)

  • Each of the 13208 TEU OOCL vessels features sophisticated hull design to optimize its performance and fuel efficiency. By adopting state-of-the-art marine engine technologies, such features help lower energy consumption and achieve best EEDI value (Energy Efficiency Design Index) to exceed internationally recognized IMO standards.
  • Among the design features is the deckhouse (arranged far forward), allowing higher front deck cargo loading. The ship's 12-cylinder MAN marine diesel engine is able to produce 69,720 kW max power output, but is electronically limited to 54,200 kW.
  • These OOCL vessels are a series of ten M-class ULCS (ultra large container ships) produced between 2012 and 2014. All the 10 were commissioned by the OOCL's parent company OOIL (Orient Overseas International Ltd). Of those, 6 are OOCL operated, the remaining 4 are chartered to NYK Line. All operate on the East Asia-Europe trade route (through Suez Canal).
  • Builder: Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries (Geoje Island, South Bangkok)
  • Container capacity: 13,208 TEU / 800 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Engines: B&W 12S90ME-C9.2
  • Power output: 54,200 kW
  • Speed: 18 kn / 21 mph / 33 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 15,5 m / 49 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 48 m / 157 ft
  • LOA Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 69,987
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 141,003 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 144,042 tons
  • Note: The 21100 TEU ship order (total cost USD 950 mill) is to the South Korean shipbuilder SHI (Samsung). The contract (signed in April 2015) renewed SHI company's hold on its record for the world's largest container ships order. The previous SHI record was set in March 2015 with four 20150 TEU ships ordered by MOL.

As of 2016, OOCL line owns 48 and operates under charter 54 container cargo vessels. Current OOCL new ship orders are 8 (TEU 144376, or 26,1% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest APL ships

The APL shipping company (abbreviation from "American President Lines", founded 1848) is a Singapore-based Ltd company (NOL subsidiary /"Neptune Orient Lines"). The company's current name is since 1938 (renamed from "Dollar Steamship Co", aka "Dollar Line"). Often referred to as "APL Singapore", The APL company has its own network of inland facilities in the USA, and also fully owned and APL-personnel operated cargo terminals in Asia and on the US West Coast. The APL company is currently the TWELFTH largest shipping line in the world, with a fleet of over 150 vessels, over 4300 employees, total TEU of 600,000 containers, and over USD 8 billion in revenue. APL ships operate on 80+ trade lanes/routes weekly, calling at cargo ports in over 95 countries around the world. Still, most of the APL line's operations are in the Pacific Ocean region (marine shipping services between Asia and USA).

The largest among all APL ships are:

  1. Temasek, Raffles, Vanda (2013 / 13900 TEU)
  2. Merlion, Sentosa (2014 / 13900 TEU)

APL vessel details (14000 TEU - largest)

  • APL Temasek was the first container carrier in a series of all ten 14,000 TEU capacity vessels ordered by the APL (shipping and logistics group, based in Singapore).
  • These largest APL vessels are part of the line's fleet renewal program, which total cost is USD 4 billion. Five of these ships are operated by the APL company itself, while the remaining five are chartered out to Japan's MOL line - one of the APL's partners in G6 Alliance and New World Alliance.
  • From the same class (sister ships) are the MOL vessels Quality, Quartz, Quasar, Quest, Quintet.
  • These 14000 TEU cargo ships are in APL-MOL joint series. They are the first jumbo twin-isle vessels designed with a fully enclosed bridge. Their deckhouses are constructed with flush outside bulkheads to keep the crew safe from pirate attacks.
  • The 14000 TEU vessels of APL-MOL feature several innovations improving their operational efficiency. The S-type long stroke engine is equipped with electronic fuel injection, optimized to operate efficiently at various loads. The broader hull form and specially designed bulbous bow improve efficiency at various speeds. With this new cargo container ship design, the APL shipping line was able to improve fuel efficiency by about 20%-30% per TEU for cruising speeds ranging between 15-18 knots, when compared to previous cargo ship designs. The new APL vessels' fuel efficiency (measured by EEDI /"Energy Efficiency Design Index") is certified to be 33% better than IMO ("International Maritime Organization") guidelines. By less fuel consumption, this new series of cargo ships also emits less carbon emissions.
  • Builder: Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Engines: Hyundai MAN B & W 11S90ME-C9.2
  • Power output: 72,240 kW
  • Speed: 18 kn / 21 mph / 33 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 14 m / 46 ft
  • LOA Length: 369 m / 1211 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 51 m / 167 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 63,838 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 151,015 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 150,166 tons

As of 2016, APL line owns 50 and operates under charter 40 container cargo vessels (no new ship orders).

List of largest YANG MING ships

The YANG MING shipping company (officially "Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation", founded 1972) is a Keelung-based (Taiwan) container line. In the line's fleet consists mainly from container ships and 17 bulk-cargo carriers. Beside the marine cargo shipping services, via fully-owned subsidiary companies its business also includes logistics and container terminals in Asia (Taiwan), Europe (Belgium, Holland) and the USA. The company's operations cover more than 70 countries worldwide.

The largest among all YANG MING ships are:

  1. YM Welcome, YM Width, YM Window, YM Wreath (2016, 14000 TEU)
  2. YM Warmth, YM Wellhead, YM Wellness, YM Wholesome, YM Wind, YM Winner, YM Wish, YM Witness, YM Wondrous, YM World, YM Worth (2015, 14000 TEU)*
  3. Note: All vessels marked with * (star) are long-term chartered to and operated by the ship charterer Seaspan Corporation. Following their launches, these boxships commenced a 10-year, fixed-rate charter, that may be optionally extended for 2 more years.

YANG MING vessel details (14000 TEU - largest)

  • These are all ULCS ("ultra large container ship") by the new "Saver Design". It features a double hull, far-forward located deckhouse (higher front deck loading), new bunker tanks arrangement (meeting the MARPOL regulations), far-aft located engine, modern propulsion (bow and stern thrusters).
  • Builder: HHI Hyundai Heavy Industries (Ulsan, South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 14,066 TEU / 1,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Speed: 23 kn / 27 mph / 43 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 52 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 51 m / 167 ft
  • LOA Length: 368 m / 1207 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 66,967 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 144,651 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 188,901 tons

YANG MING LINE

  • (new container ships): In September 2015, the YANG MING shipping company announced its order for a series of five ULC (ultra large) boxships with max loading capacity 14000 TEU each. The order was placed to the Imabari Shipbuilding (Japan). All of the newbuilds will be chartered to the Shoei Kisen Kaisha company (Japan). The 5 new vessels will be launched in 2018-2019. The building order's total cost is USD 625 million, or USD 125 million per ship. In July 2015, YANG MING shipping ordered to Imabari 5 containerships (14000 TEU class). They will be delivered in 2016 and chartered by CSBC Corp (Taiwan).
  • YANG MING Marine is an ocean cargo shipping company (a CKYHE Alliance partner) operating mainly containerships plus a small fleet of bulk cargo carriers.
  • As of 2016, YANG MING line owns 42 and operates under charter 59 cargo vessels. Current YANG MING new ship orders are 7 (TEU 98560, or 18,6% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest NYK-LINE ships

The NYK shipping company (abbreviation from "Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha", translated as "Japan Mail Shipping Line", founded 1882) is a Japanese cargo-logistics company. Commonly known as "NYK Line", it is a core company part of Mitsubishi Group (autonomous Japanese multinational companies). The NYK Line started its business as mainly a passenger carrier, but expanded as cargo carrier since the late 1960s, starting with the first Japanese container ship (named Hakone Maru) in 1968.

In 1989, the NYK company entered the cruise shipping business via the newly formed Crystal Cruises (subsidiary company). In 2015, Crystal was sold to Genting Hong Kong Corporation. In 1990, NYK Line started passenger shipping services under the NYK name with the MS Asuka ship. Operating on the Japanese market only, in 2006 she was replaced by the bigger MS Asuka 2 (former Crystal Harmony). NYK shipping is in the world's top 20 largest container lines, with a fleet of over 100 container carriers.

NYK Line is also owner of trains, planes, trucks, along with a large fleet of different types of cargo ships, among which LNG-, bulk-, woodchip, reefer- and car carriers, tankers, cruise passenger ships. All largest NYK ships are operated under charter from the owner OOIL (Orient Overseas International Ltd), and are named:

  1. Blue Jay (2016 / 14000 TEU) - under charter
  2. Helios, Hercules, Hermes, Hyperion (2013 / 13208 TEU)
  3. From the same 13200 TEU series (M-class) are also the OOCL ships Bangkok, Berlin, Brussels, Chongqing, Korea, Singapore.

NIK-LINE vessel details

  • The Chinese OOIL company ("Orient Overseas International Limited") ordered 10 13200 TEU ships, which cost around USD 136 million each. All the 10 vessels are outfitted with fixed and loose lashing system by German Lashing Gmbh (producer of RoRo lashing and container securing equipment).
  • Builder: Samsung Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries (Geoje Island, South Bangkok)
  • Container capacity: 13,208 TEU / 800 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Engines: B&W 12S90ME-C9.2
  • Power output: 54,200 kW
  • Speed: 18 kn / 21 mph / 33 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 15,5 m / 49 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 48 m / 157 ft
  • LOA Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 69,987
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 141,003 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 144,042 tons

The rest of the NYK fleet's cargo container vessels range in capacity from 1613 to 8600 TEUs.

NYK LINE

  • In November 2015, NYK shipping placed an order for a total of 5500 reefers (40-ft refrigerated containers), among which 700 CA-reefer units ("Controlled Atmosphere"). These new-generation containers are more energy-efficient and reliable in comparison to the older equipment. The CA-reefer technology guarantees the freshness of easily perishable goods (like fruits, vegetables, fresh meat and seafood, flowers, etc) during the long transoceanic crossings. The CA-reefer technology allows controlling not only the unit's temperature, but also the levels of O2 and CO2 inside.
  • As of 2016, NYK line owns 48 and operates under charter 53 container cargo vessels. Current NYK new ship orders are 8 (TEU 112000, or 22,9% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest K-LINE ships

The K-LINE shipping company (official name "Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha", founded 1919) is a large Japanese company, specialized in transportation and cargo-logistics. This container line company operates a huge fleet of both owned and chartered vessels, among which large-capacity cargo ships (container carriers, dry bulk carriers, LNG carriers, tankers, RORO ships). The K-LINE company also manages container terminals. Major subsidiary companies in the K-LINE family are "K Line Logistics" and "K Line Travel". Currently, this is the world's 16th largest shipping company with a total TEU capacity of over 394,000 (which is 2% marine shipping market share). The company's biggest shipping divisions are named America, Singapore, Offshore.

The largest among all K-LINE ships are:

  • Mackinac Bridge, Manchester Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Munchen Bridge (2015 / 13870 TEU)

K-LINE vessel details

  • This is a series of all ten 14000 TEU boxships ordered by K-LINE. Five of these were ordered in March 2013 and delivered in 2015. The other five were ordered in September 2014, and scheduled for delivery in 2018. These K-LINE ships are also the biggest container carriers built in Japan to date.
  • These boxships are part of a 14000 TEU newbuilding (fleet-expansion) program of two companies - K-LINE (Japan) and YANG-MING (Taiwan). Orders were placed at two different shipbuilders - Hyundai (South Korea) and Imabari (Japan).
  • Builder: Imabari Shipbuilding Mihara (Japan)
  • Container capacity: 13,870 TEU / 1,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 22
  • Speed: 22 kn / 25 mph / 41 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 15 m / 49 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 51 m / 167 ft
  • LOA Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 155,500 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 145,500 tons

As of 2016, KLINE owns 12 and operates under charter 57 container cargo vessels. It's current new ship orders are 6 (TEU 83220, or 21,1% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest HYUNDAI ships

The HYUNDAI shipping company (official name "Hyundai Merchant Marine" /abbreviated as HMM, founded 1976) is a South Korean cargo-logistics and container line company. This is a subsidiary company, part of the HYUNDAI Group (multinational business conglomerate). HYUNDAI Marine operates a diverse fleet of cargo vessels, among which bulk carriers, trampers (tramp freighter vessel - without fixed schedule/published itinerary), container carriers, LNG tankers. The HYUNDAI shipping line is in the world's top 20 largest container shipping lines, with a fleet of over 170 vessels. The biggest of them are the 2014-built company-owned ships and the 2012-built controlled ships (operated under long-term charter from the shipowner Danaos Corporation). Danaos Corp (one of the largest shipowners on the global container ship chartering market) has a fleet of over 60 vessels raging in TEU capacity from 2200 up to 13100.

The largest among all HYUNDAI ships are:

  • Ambition (2012 / 13100 TEU) - Danaos charter
  • Drive, Hope, Pride, Victory (2014 / 13100 TEU)
  • Smart, Speed, Tenacity, Together (2012 / 13100 TEU) - Danaos

HYUNDAI vessel details

  • HYUNDAI Together was the 1st of all five 13100 TEU class cargo ships ordered by HYUNDAI Shipping for operations under charter for 12 years (with fixed price per day /called "freight rate"). On her maiden voyage to Hamburg, Germany, the new HYUNDAI Together was the first container carrier with such a "new age big" Post Panamax TEU capacity to be handled at the HHLA's Container Terminal Altenwerder - one of the world's most advanced as cargo handling technologies terminals.
  • The 13000 TEU vessels joined around 60 other carriers in HYUNDAI Merchant Marine's fleet, among which crude oil tankers, LNG, general cargo and ore/coal carriers.
  • Each of these vessels is fitted with marine diesel engine that is electronically controlled and in compliance with all the latest IMO regulations and standards. This container cargo ship is equipped with an advanced performance monitoring systems (online power measurement and multistation alarm monitoring control). Hull and superstructure are coated with latest silyl acrylate SPC (polymer) coating. The vessel also features top-modern IT and Communication systems, with wired and WiFi networks for both Internet and entertainment (centralized video-music centre and satellite TV) provided to all messrooms and crew cabins.
  • The ship has a total of 49 Solasafe screens (roller sunscreens, manufactured by Solar Solve Marine). These antiglare transparent shades are installed at the bridge's windows to enhance the working environment within the wheelhouse.
  • Builders: DAEWOO Shipbuilding (South Korea), HYUNDAI Samho Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 13,100 TEU / 800 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Engines: HYUNDAI - B&W 12K98MC-C7
  • Power output: 72,240 kW
  • Speed: 23 kn / 26 mph / 43 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 15,5 m / 49 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 48 m / 157 ft
  • LOA Length: 366 m / 1201 ft
  • NT / Net Weight Tonnage: 59,657 tons
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 141,868 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 142,117 tons

HYUNDAI LINE

  • In May 2016, the HMM company's creditors made Hyundai Merchant Marine a KDB subsidiary (Korea Development Bank). The amount of HMM's bonds owned by creditors was USD 1,06 billion (of which USD 529,8 million owned by KDB). Through capital reduction and debt-for-equity swapping, KDB acquired 30%, while various other creditor institutions have 50% of all shares.
  • As of 2016, HYUNDAI line owns 20 and operates under charter 36 cargo vessels. Current HYUNDAI new ship orders are 6 (TEU 60000, or 16,4% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest PIL ships

The PIL shipping company (official name "Pacific International Lines" /abbreviated as PIL, founded 1967) is a Singapore-based container line company. This is also one of the Asia's largest shipowners. PIL owns the following subsidiary shipping lines: PIL Japan, ACL (Atlantic Container Line), Pacific Direct Line, PAE (Pacific Asia Express), Mariana Express Lines. The PIL company also owns the Singamas (container manufacturer, logistics operator), logistics and depot sub-companies (PILlogistics, Segara, AAW Global Logistics, SOKHNA Container Depot, HPC), also the cargo terminal operator PIL-PSA (Singapore). The PIL shipping line is in the world's top 20 largest container shipping lines, with a fleet of over 160 vessels. The biggest of them are currently under construction.

  • NEWS (new container ships): In September 2015, PIL signed a shipbuilding contract with Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Ltd (China) for a series of eight 11800 TEU boxships (contract's value not disclosed). With length of length 1032 ft (314,5 m), width 158 ft (48,2 m) and draft 43 ft (13 m), these will be the PIL's biggest container ships in the line's owned fleet. The new vessels' deliveries were scheduled for 2018.
  • As of 2016, PIL line owns 119 and operates under charter 36 cargo vessels (combined TEU capacity 375746). Current PIL new ship orders are 11 (TEU 97667, or 26% of the existing fleet's capacity).

List of largest ACL ships

The ACL shipping company (official name "Atlantic Container Line", aka "ACL Cargo", founded 1967) is specialized in North Atlantic container shipping. The line is a subsidiary of Grimaldi Group - a privately-owned shipping company based in Italy (Naples). Grimaldi Lines are well known for having the largest RORO ships in the world. Note: RORO vessels (abbrev from "Roll-on/roll-off") can carry wheeled cargo - automobiles, trucks and trailers, railroad cars, etc. In December 2015, the ACL,shipping line will launch the first of all five new class "container and RORO" combined vessels, starting with Atlantic Star (Dec 20). Each of these ships has container capacity of 3800 TEUs and car capacity of 1307 vehicles. Shipbuilder is Hudong Zhonghua (Shanghai, China), with scheduled launching of a new ship every 2 months.

  • Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, Atlantic Sun (2016)
  • Atlantic Star (2015)

These new-class (G4) world's biggest container-car carriers will eventually replace all vessels in the ACL fleet - the "Atlantic" named Cartier, Companion, Compass, Concert and Conveyor.

Follows the impressive YouTube video collection of the world's largest ships in service. Along with large container ships, this video also features crude oil tankers, pipe-laying vessels, cruise ships, mega-yachts and sailing ships. The largest ship in the world today is named "Prelude FLNG" (abbrev from "floating liquefied natural gas"). This is the world's largest offshore platform ever constructed. Among Prelude FLNG vessel particulars are:

  • LOA length 488 m (1601 ft)
  • width 74 m (243 ft)
  • deadweight tonnage (DWT) 260,000 tons
  • displacement tonnage 600,000 tons (when fully loaded)
  • Shipbuilding cost was over USD 10 billion.
  • Shipowner is Royal Dutch Shell.