Largest Container Ships

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By ,   March 16, 2017 ,   Ships and Lines

Here, CruiseMapper gives you the ultimate list of all world's largest container ships (boxships) listed by shipowner / operator. Here you will also find the list of world's largest container shipping companies. This survey is not a completely "off cruise" topic. Almost all large boxships offer "cargo cruises" as each vessel has staterooms and capacity of at least 10 "passengers" and modern amenities and facilities (gym, whirlpool, lounge, dining room).

container ships - CruiseMapper

This article also covers all main marine shipping routes (trade loops), container shipping alliances (G6, CKYHE, 2M, Ocean 3) and largest shipping companies, including MAERSK, MSC, CMA-CGM, EVERGREEN MARINE, HAPAG-LLOYD (merged with UASC), COSCO, CSCL, HANJIN, ONE (MOL+NYK+K-LINE), HAMBURG-SUD, OOCL, APL, YANG MING, HYUNDAI, PIL.

All the above links are for your convenience and redirect to corresponding topics / company's list of vessels (below at this page). Our boxship lists 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 world's largest marine shipping companies. All news reports and updates are based on VesselFinder's maritime news.

This servey is integrated with CruiseMapper's world's largest cruise lines and world's top 50 biggest liners.

Cargo Ships

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

ship types (infographic)

Every boxship crew member fills a precisely determine role, primarily divided between vessel's two main departments - Navigation Bridge and Engine Room. At the top of crew hierarchy is Captain, followed by Chief Officer and Chief Engineer. They conduct vessel's commercial shipping operations - sailing and mechanical. The other crew takes care of onboard daily routine and maintenance. Among those are Chef and Steward, plus all seamen (seafarers). On each cargo ship, main priorities are keeping the crew and cargo safe and protecting the environment.

Since 1959, marine shipping industry is regulated by UN's specialised agency IMO (International Maritime Organization) headquartered in Lambeth (London England). Currently, IMO members are 173 states (172x UN plus Cook Islands) and 3x Associate Members (Faroes, Hong Kong, Macau).

"TEU capacity" definition

TEU ("twenty-foot equivalent unit") is a cargo capacity unit describing ship's cargo capacity (also seaports terminal capacity). TEU is based on the volume of 20 ft (6,1 m long) cargo container. Such standard-sized units (metal boxes) can be easily transported on different types of vessels (ships, trains, trucks). TEU container's height, however, can range from 4 ft (1,3 m) to 10 ft (2.90 m). Most common height is 9 ft (26 m). MSC Oscar (built 2015) for example has TEU capacity 19224, which means it can carry up to 19224 standard containers.

"Panamax ships" definition

"Panamax" is related to vessel's size limit if passing through Panama Canal. "Panamax" (and "New Panamax") 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 ship size (width-length) limit is due to waterway's lock chambers sizes. Draft limit is due to its water depth. Height limit is due to Bridge of the Americas's height. Panamax-New Panamax dimensions influence greatly the design of cargo vessels, navy vessels, cruise liners.

Panamax limits are since 1914. Vessels that don't fall within the limits are Post-Panamax (larger), among which supertankers, battleships, largest cargo ships and biggest cruise liners.

New Panamax sizes were defined in 2009, but took effect in 2017 when the 3rd new locks-set (largest) became operational. Since 2017, Panama Canal can be transitted by boxships with max LOA length 366 m (1200 ft), width 49 m (161 ft), draft 15 m (50 ft), air-draft / height 57,9 m (190 ft) and TEU capacity up to 15000.

Panamax - New Panamax size cargo ships (infographic)

The above infographic shows Panamax-New Panamax size 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 was Isla Bella (launched October 16, 2015). Isla Bella and the sistership Perla del Caribe were ordered in December 2012. Until 2020, they were ranked world's biggest boxships powered by LNG ("liquefied natural gas"). They are of the Marlin-Class - length 233 m (765 ft), TEU capacity 3100. Both container carriers operate between Florida (USA) and Puerto Rico, with departures from Jacksonville and San Juan.

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). Ship design is by DSME ("Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering") South Korea. The new LNG-power 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.

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).

The following YouTube video is a brief history of container shipping. Industry reports show that 95% of all manufactured goods in the world are moved via boxships. In 2017, over USD 4 trillion worth of goods were shipped over oceans.

Transportation of liquid cargos in TEU containers

In 2018, CMA-CGM introduced the REEFLEX system that allows transportation of liquids in standard refrigerated TEUs (reefers) as an alternative to break-bulk shipping.

The technology was developed via partnership with the companies Teconja (Germany) and Liqua (USA), and guarantees a healthy and safe transportation of liquid cargoes that require controlled temperature.

REEFLEX allows transportation of food liquids (fruit juices, milk, syrups, oils) in a single bag. The capacity ranges from 12,000 to 24,000 L. The liquids are transported in TEU-standard teefer containers, in which REEFLEX can be installed in just 3 min. The technology uses external pumping system, filling and emptying the bag in 35 min.

Each bag is single-use and entirely recyclable. Bags can be standard and custom-made.

World's largest sailing cargoship

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

Quadriga sailing cargo ship

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

Unmanned cargo ships (autonomous shipping)

The unmanned (drone) technology industry interlinked with the maritime industry for unmanned (self-steering) cargo ships. It means crewless, autonomous boxships run from land-based facilities - safer, cheaper, revolutionizing world's marine shipping. As seen on the photo, this boxship 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 "Yara Birkeland" (scheduled delivery 2019-Q1) is world's first completely autonomous containership with electric propulsion.

In April 2018, the Norwegian companies Wilhelmsen Group and Kongsberg Group established world's first autonomous shipping company. The joint venture company is headquartered Lysaker, Norway, and fully operational since August 2018. It offes the full package of autonomous shipping services - from vessel design, development and operations, to onboard control systems and full logistics. Land-based vessel control centres monitor and operate the autonomous ships globally.

In 2018, CMA-CGM signed a partnership with Shone (2017-established, San Francisco-based company) specializing in development of artificial intelligence systems for marine vessels. The collaboration gave Shone access to CMA-CGM ships, enabling the company to finalize its system. The technology uses collected from multiple sensors data (radar, CCTVs, AIS, etc) to prevent potential collisions.

Largest Container Shipping Companies

Follows the list of top-10 largest container shipping companies in the world. TEU data is based on 2015 statistics. The other included (to "top 20") are companies with above 1% market share.

largest container shipping companies in the world (infographic)

Note: The following list of shipping companies (ranking) is based on December 2017 statistical data.

  1. APM MAERSK (MAERSK) - Denmark-based, with 100,000+ employees, offices in 135 countries, annual TEU capacity 3,55+ million (market share 15,2%). Since December 1, 2017, subsidiary of MAERSK is also "Hamburg Sud Group" (previous owner "Dr August Oetker KG"). However, Hamburg Sud remains commercially independent with its own management.
  2. MSC shipping - Italy-based, also owns MSC Cruises. MSC has 24,000+ employees, offices in 150 countries, annual TEU capacity 3,02+ million (market share 13,4%).
  3. CMA-CGM - France-based, merger of CMA (Compagnie Maritime d'Affretement) and CGM (Compagnie Generale Maritime). CMA CGM has 20,000+ employees, 650+ offices worldwide, annual TEU capacity 1,794+ million (market share 9%). Following the 2018 acquisition of APL, CMA-CGM has 29,000+ employees, 536 vessels (market share 11,7%), revenue USD 21 billion, and serves 200 routes linking 420 ports.
  4. EVERGREEN Marine - Taiwan-based, with 4000+ employees, operations in 80 countries, annual TEU capacity 1,06+ million (market share 4,8%).
  5. HAPAG-LLOYD shipping - Germany-based, merger of HAPAG (Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft) and NDL (Norddeutscher Lloyd). HAPAG-LLOYD has 11,000+ employees, annual TEU capacity 944,700+ (market share 4,7%). In 2017, HL merged with UASC and became world's 5th largest containership company. UASC is Dubai-based joint venture (state-owned by UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq), with annual TEU capacity 470,400+ (market share 2,4%). Hapag-Lloyd-UASC merger started on May 24 and was finalized on November 30, 2017. The combined company has 12,000+ employees in 126 countries, and a fleet of 215 large boxships (data 2018).
  6. COSCO - Chinese state-owned company with annual TEU capacity 1,81+ million (market share 4,3%).
  7. CSCL - Chinese company with annual TEU capacity 700,000+ (market share 3,5%).
  8. HAMBURG-SUD (also includes Alianca and CCNI) - Germany-based (part of Oetker Group) with 4500+ employees and annual TEU capacity 628,750 (market share 3,1%).
  9. HANJIN shipping - South Korean company with operations in 60 countries and annual TEU capacity 620,000+ (market share 3,1%).
  10. OOCL - Hong Kong-based subsidiary of OOIL (investment company), with annual TEU capacity 670,000+ (market share 3%).
  11. MOL - Japanese company with 10,000+ employees and annual TEU capacity 575,000+ (market share 2,9%). In 2017 merged into ONE Shipping (combined fleet 1,44 million TEUs).
  12. APL - Singapore-based subsidiary of CMA-CGM (aquired from NOL Neptune Orient Lines in 2018) with 4300+ employees, annual TEU capacity 542,000+ (market share 2,7%).
  13. YANG MING Marine has annual TEU capacity 530,000+ (market share 2,7%).
  14. NYK shipping - Japanese company (core of Mitsubishi Corporation) with annual TEU capacity 507,700+ (market share 2,5%). In 2017 merged into ONE Shipping (combined fleet 1,44 million TEUs).
  15. K-LINE - annual TEU capacity 394,100+ (market share 2%). In 2017 merged into ONE Shipping (combined fleet 1,44 million TEUs).
  16. PIL line - annual TEU capacity 380,200+ (market share 1,9%).
  17. HYUNDAI shipping - annual TEU capacity 380,400+ (market share 1,9%). Following the Nov 2017 shiporder for 20x super large boxships (9x 20K TEU and 11x 11K TEU), Hyundai Merchant Marine was ranked world's 6th largest company (future fleet capacity 800,000 TEUs).
  18. ZIM line - annual TEU capacity 355,450+ (market share 1,8%).
  19. WAN HAI Lines - annual TEU capacity 209,100+ (market share 1%).

Statistics regarding 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).

cargo container ship (NCBL)

In 2015, there were 5985 boxships in active service, with combined TEU capacity 19,356387 million (compared to 2012's 15,899687 million), and combined TDW (displacement) 243,145464 million tons.

In August 2018, MAERSK and IBM launched their jointly developed TradeLens - digital blockchain platform serving world's global supply chain. The new technology connects various maritime organizations and businesses (port-terminal operators, transportation-logistics companies, customs authorities-brokers, shippers, freight forwarders) to share in real-time their information (data and documents).

Largest Chinese containership companies

Since 2016, China's maritime market underwent a significant consolidation, including shipping companies, shipyards and seaports.

China's biggest shipping companies (both state-owned) - COSCO and CSG - could be merged. Advanced negotiations between the two companies were officially announced in mid-October, 2015. Rumors of possible merger first surfaced in August. If granted (by the Chinese government), the merger will create world's 4th largest container company (moving down EVERGREEN Marine from that position now).

  • It will combine the fleets of COSCO (world's 6th largest, 175 vessels / data 2016) and CSCL (world's 7th largest, 156 vessels / data 2016). If merged, COSCO and CSCL will become a new company with global market share of ~8%.
  • On December 11, 2015, was officially announced China's government approval for the merger - forming the new company "China Cosco Shipping Group". World's 4th largest container shipping line is headquartered in Shanghai.

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

For 2016-Q1 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 in 2016). These historical low rates combined with the increasing TEU capacity resulted in over USD 6 billion global industry losses.

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

Which company owns world's largest containership fleet?

In November 2015 was announced the creation of "Triton International". The new company is NYSE-listed, Bermuda-based and created as merger between "Triton Container International" (55%) and "TAL International Group" (45%). Its combined boxship fleet is nearly 5 million TEUs, 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 showed Port Shanghai (China) as the largest and busiest containership port in the world - with 36,54 million TEUs. The number of processed containers was 3,5% increase over 2014 (35,29 million TEUs).

The port operator SIPG also reported a net profit of USD 988,7 million (4% decline over 2014) amd revenue increase 2,5%. Only in December 2015, Shanghai cargo port moved 3,07 million TEUs (5,9% increase over Dec 2014 / 2,9 million TEUs).

Container shipping alliances

Container shipping industry moves over 95% of all manufactured goods. This lucrative business is largely controlled by 15 corporations, the majority being European and Asian. Most of these additionally accelerated their operations by forming giant maritime shipping alliances.

cargo container ship (CSCL)

Among the benefits for allied container shipping lines are cost savings, increased efficiency, lower prices of goods for consumers, lower freight rates, cheaper services for partners, affiliated businesses and cargo ports. Usually, alliance-shared boxships are fleet's largest. This poses challenges for many seaports, 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 handle such volumes. It means that only the most efficient seaports benefit from industry's restructuring.

Note: "P3 Alliance" (CMA CGM, Maersk, MSC) was proposed by CMA CGM, but failed.

G6 Alliance

World's largest "G6 Alliance" (Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, APL, MOL, NYK, OOCL) operates exclusively on Far East-Europe routes. It was formed in December 2011, merging the existing "The Grand Alliance" (Hapag-Lloyd, NYK, OOCL) with the "New World Alliance" (NOL, MOL, Hyundai).

CKYHE Alliance

"CKYHE Alliance" includes Cosco, K-Line, Yang-Ming, Hanjin, Evergreen.

2M Alliance

"2M Alliance" was formed in January 2015, merging APM-Maersk and MSC. Although operational, 2M Alliance is officially rejected by China.

OCEAN Alliance

"OCEAN Alliance" was formed in January 2015 and includes CMA-CGM, COSCO, OOCL, Evergreen Marine. Ocean 3-allied ships operate on the following routes: Transpacific (weekly), Asia-Europe (4 routes), Asia-Middle East (Shanghai-Umm Qasr; and Shekou-Umm Qasr), 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).

THE Alliance

"THE Alliance" was created in May 2016 and started operations in May 2017. It includes NYK, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, K-Line, Mitsui OSK, Yang-Ming. It covers all major shipping lanes - Asia-Mediterranean, Asia-Middle East (Persian Gulf, Red Sea), Asia-North America (West Coast, East Coast) and Transatlantic (Europe-Americas).

THE Alliance has combined capacity of approx 3,5 million TEUs (18% global fleet) with 620+ vessels. There is a possibility UASC also to join THE Alliance, thus increasing its overall capacity to 4+ million TEUs. THE Alliance was joined by HMM-Hyundai in July 2016. Currently, HMM operates 124 vessels (85 chartered).

As of 2018, THE Alliance provides 33 shipping services (all East-West lanes) with combined fleet of 250+ modern boxships on Middle East loops, and regularly serves 81 ports in Asia, Middle East, India, Europe, Americas. The all 33 services include 8x Asia-Europe (3x Mediterranean, 5x Northern Europe). 16x Trans-Pacific, 7x North Atlantic loops, 2x Middle East loops.

ONE Alliance

"ONE Alliance" merged 3 Japanese companies (MOL, NYK, K-Line) into "Ocean Network Express" (abbrev ONE), starting operations on Apr 1, 2018. ONE Shipping (established on July 7, 2017) has combined fleet capacity 1,44 million TEUs and operates 85 world service loops linking 200+ major seaports.

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

  • Shipping from China to Japan ports (NAGOYA, TOKYO, YOKOHAMA, KOBE, MOJI, OSAKA) is operated by 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 weekly service "Asia Latin America Express 3" (AE3-AW3) connecting Asian ports (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan) to Mexico and South America (west coast).

In March 2018, APL extednded "Eagle GO" (Transpacific service introduced in October 2017). It now guarantees 29 Asian port departures to North America by 22x APL boxships. Eagle GO connects Asia to 15 West Coast USA and 7 East Coast USA-bound loops.

  • APL's Asian departure ports are in China (Dalian, Fuqing, Hong Kong, Lianyungang, Nansha, Ningbo, Xiamen, Shekou, Shanghai, Tianjin, Qingdao, Yantian), Taiwan (Kaohsiung, Taipei), Japan (Kobe, Nagoya, Naha, Sendai, Tokyo, Yokohama), Korea (Busan), Indonesia (Jakarta), Tailand (Laem Chabang), Vietnam (Cai Mep), Malaysia (Kelang), Singapore, India (Mundra, Nhava Sheva), Pakistan (Port Qasim).
  • All "Eagle Guaranteed" APL services (Eagle GO, Eagle GET, Eagle REACH) are money-back guarantees assuring expeditious cargo discharge on company's EX1, SC1 and PE1 shipping routes from Asia to Port Los Angeles (Global Gateway South terminal / GGS).
  • Eagle GET guarantees shipment discharge within 12 hours of starting vessel cargo operations.
  • Eagle REACH guarantees day-definite arrival of containerized cargo (EX1 route) from LA's GGS terminal to the US railroad yards in Chicago Illinois, Columbus Ohio, Dallas Texas, El Paso Texas, Kansas City Missouri, Memphis Tennessee.

In December 2018, APL started expanded WAX and WA3 services.

  • West Asia Express (WAX) Tianjin-Qingdao-Ningbo-Shekou-Singapore-Sohar-Jebel Ali-Hamad-Bahrain-Damman-Klang-Singapore-Yantian-Xiamen-Ningbo-Shanghai-Busan
  • West Asia Express 3 (WA3) Busan-Lianyungang-Qingdao-Shanghai-Hong Kong-Shekou-Singapore-Jebel Ali-Damman-Jubail-Abu Dhabi-Singapore-Nansha-Busan

In March 2018, OOCL extended its WM3 (West Mediterranean Service) to Middle East, Pakistan and India. The WM3 route's new port rotation is as follows: Khor Al Fakkan (UAE)-Jebel Ali (UAE)-Karachi (Pakistan)-Mundra (India)-Nhava Sheva (India)-Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)-Suez Canal transit-Malta-La Spezia (Italy)-Genoa (Italy)-Barcelona (Spain)-Valencia (Spain)-Tangier (Morocco)-Marseille-Fos (France)-Genoa-Malta-Damietta (Egypt)-Suez Canal transit-Jeddah-Khor Al Fakkan.

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 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 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 Busan, 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 transit-Felixstowe-Rotterdam-Gdansk-Wilhelmshaven, and back to Felixstowe-Suez Canal-Singapore-Yantian-Shanghai (77-day roundtrip / loop 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, East Coast USA, South America (west coast) and Australia.
  • CA6 (China-Australia by APL) links ports Shanghai-Ningbo-Yantian-Sydney-Melbourne-Brisbane. Crossing times are 11-day (Yantian-Sydney) and 14-day (Shanghai-Sydney).
  • FE4 (China-Europe by HAPAG LLOYD-UASC) links Rotterdam with Shanghai via Hamburg, Antwerp, Southampton, Yantian, Shanghai, Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, and back to Europe.
  • SPS (South Pacific Service by ONE) offers 3 loops roundtrip from Busan, visiting Kobe-Nagoya-Yokohama-Honiara-Espiritu Santo-Port Vila-Noumea-Lautoka-Suva-Nukualofa-Apia-Pago Pago-Papeete-Tarawa.
  • EM3 (East Mediterranean Service 3 by OOCL) Hamad-Jubail-Jebel Ali-Mundra-Nhava Sheva-Colombo-Port Said-Mersin-Piraeus-Istanbul-Mersin-Iskenderun-Jebel Ali-Abu Dhabi-Hamad
  • GME (Gulf of Mexico Express by COSCO) Transpacific service connects Shanghai-Ningbo-Xiamen-Yantian-Houston-Mobile-Tampa. Shanghai-Tampa transit times are 31 days (import) and 27 days (export).

OOCL shipping routes

  • TLP1 (Transpacific-Latin Pacific) Xiamen-Shanghai-Qingdao-Busan-Ensenada-Manzanillo-Callao-Lirquen-San Antonio-Manzanillo-Ensenada-Yokohama-Shanghai-Xiamen) and TLP2 (Kaohsiung-Hong Kong-Shekou-Ningbo-Shanghai-Busan-Manzanillo-Lazaro Cardenas-Buenaventura-San Antonio-Callao-Lazaro Cardenas-Manzanillo-Yokohama-Busan-Kaohsiung)
  • MAF (Mediterranean-West Africa) Genoa-Valencia-Algeciras-Dakar (Senegal)-Tincan-Lagos (Nigeria)-Tema Harbour (Ghana)-Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)-Genoa
  • CIX1 (China-India) Shanghai-Ningbo-Shekou-Nansha-Singapore-Kelang-Nhava Sheva- Karachi-Singapore-Shanghai)
  • CIX3 (China India Express 3) Shanghai - Xiamen - Hong Kong - Shekou - Nansha - Singapore - Colombo - Nhava Sheva - Pipavav - Colombo - Kelang - Singapore - Hong Kong - Shanghai
  • PMX (Asia-Pakistan) Shanghai - Ningbo - Fuzhou - Shekou - Singapore - Kelang - Colombo - Karachi - Mundra - Kelang - Singapore - Shanghai
  • CPX (China-Pakistan) Shanghai - Ningbo - Shekou - Singapore - Karachi - Mundra - Kelang - Singapore - Hong Kong - Shanghai
  • CPX3 (China-Pakistan) Qingdao - Shanghai - Ningbo - Shekou - Singapore - Kelang - Mundra - Karachi - Port Qasim- Singapore - Qingdao
  • FI3 (Far East-India) Dalian - Xingang - Qingdao - Busan - Kwangyang - Ningbo - Singapore - Tanjung Pelepas - Colombo - Nhava Sheva - Pipavav - Singapore - Dalian

THE Alliance shipping routes

Follows the complete list with trade routes (ports) operated by THE Alliance companies (NYK, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, K-Line, Mitsui OSK, Yang-Ming):

Asia-North Europe

  • (FE1) Kobe-Nagoya-Shimizu-Tokyo-(Southeast Asia Hub)-Jeddah-Rotterdam-Hamburg-Southampton-Le Havre-(Southeast Asia Hub)-Kobe
  • (FE2) Xingang-Qingdao-Shanghai-Ningbo-Hong Kong-South China-(Southeast Asia Hub)-Southampton-Le Havre-Hamburg-Rotterdam-Jebel Ali-Hong Kong-Xingang
  • (FE3) Hong Kong-Xiamen-Kaohsiung-South China-Rotterdam-Hamburg-Antwerp-Le Havre-London Gateway-(Southeast Asia Hub)-Hong Kong
  • (FE4) Busan-Ningbo-Shanghai-Rotterdam-Hamburg-Antwerp-Southampton-South China-Shanghai-Busan
  • (FE5) Laem Chabang-Cai Mep-(Southeast Asia Hub)-Colombo-Rotterdam-Hamburg-Antwerp-Southampton-Jeddah-Colombo-(Southeast Asia Hub)-Laem Chabang

Asia-Mediterranean

  • (MD1) Qingdao-Busan-Shanghai-Ningbo-South China-(Southeast Asia Hub)-Damietta-Barcelona-Valencia-Tangier-Damietta-(Southeast Asia Hub)-Hong Kong-Qingdao
  • (MD2) Busan-Qingdao-Ningbo-Shanghai-Kaohsiung-South China-(Southeast Asia Hub)-Piraeus-Genoa-La Spezia-Fos-Piraeus-(Southeast Asia Hub)-Hong Kong-Busan
  • (MD3) Busan-Shanghai-Ningbo-South China-(Southeast Asia Hub)-Jeddah-Ashdod-Istanbul (Ambarli)-Izmit-Izmir/Aliaga-Mersin-(Ashdod)-Jeddah-(Southeast Asia Hub)-Kaohsiung-Busan

Asia-Middle East

  • (AGX) Busan-Qingdao-Shanghai-Ningbo-South China-Southeast Asia Hub-Jebel Ali-Jubail-Dammam-Abu Dhabi-Jebel Ali-Southeast Asia Hub-Ningbo-Busan
  • (AGX2) Shanghai-Ningbo-Kaohsiung -Xiamen-South China-Southeast Asia Hub-Jebel Ali-Hamad-Umm Qasar-Jebel Ali-Southeast Asia Hub-Kaohsiung-Shanghai
  • (CIMEX 6) Shanghai-Ningbo-Taipei-Shekou-Tanjung Pelepas-Kelang-Dubai (Jebel Ali)-Umm Qasr (Iraq)-Jebel Ali-Kelang-Hong Kong-Shanghai. China to Iraq (Shanghai-Umm Qasr) crossing time is 24 days.
  • (CIMEX 2K2) Shanghai-Ningbo-Shekou-Nansha-Singapore-Kelang-Nhava Sheva-Karachi (SAPT)-Singapore-Shanghai. Transit times are 18 days (Shanghai to Nhava Sheva / Mumbai India) and 22 days (Shanghai to Karachi / Pakistan).

TransPacific (Asia-Canada, Asia-USA West Coast, Asia-Latin America)

  • (ACE-Asia Caribbean Express) Singapore-Shekou-Hong Kong-Kaohsiung-Ningbo-Yangshan-Qingdao-Busan-Ensenada-Manzanillo Mexico-Manzanillo Panama-Cartegena-Kingston-Caucedo-Singapore
  • (QEX-Quetzal Express) Kaohsiung-China (Shekou-Hong Kong-Ningbo-Shanghai)-Mexico (Manzanillo, Lazaro Cardenas)-Guatemala (Puerto Quetzal)-Colombia (Buenaventura)-Ecuador (Guayaquil)-Peru (Callao)-Manzanillo-South Korea (Busan)-Kaohsiung
  • (CDX-Condor Express) Kaohsiung-Hong Kong-Shekou-Ningbo-Shanghai-Busan-Manzanillo-Lazaro Cardenas-Buenaventura-San Antonio-Callao-Lazaro Cardenas-Manzanillo-Yokohama-Busan-Kaohsiung
  • (FCX-Falcon Express) Xiamen-Yantian-Shanghai-Qingdao-Busan-Ensenada-Manzanillo,-Callao-San Antonio-Lirquen-Manzanillo-Shanghai-Xiamen
  • (CRX-Caracara Express) Hong Kong-Yantian-Kaohsiung-Ningbo-Shanghai-Manzanillo-Buenaventura-Callao-San Antonio-Hong Kong
  • (PN1) Shanghai-Qingdao-Nagoya-Tokyo-Tacoma-Vancouver-Tokyo-Nagoya-Kobe-Shanghai
  • (PN2) Southeast Asia Hub-Laem Chabang-Cai Mep-Kaohsiung-South China-Tacoma-Vancouver-Tokyo-Kobe-Kaohsiung-Southeast Asia Hub
  • (PN3) Hong Kong-South China-Ningbo-Shanghai-Busan-Vancouver-Seattle-Busan-Hong Kong
  • (PS1) Kobe-Nagoya-Tokyo-Sendai-Los Angeles-Oakland-Tokyo-Nagoya-Kobe
  • (PS2) Kobe-Nagoya-Shimizu-Tokyo-Long Beach-Oakland-Tokyo-Kobe
  • (PS3) Southeast Asia Hub-Laem Chabang-Cai Mep-Los Angeles-Oakland-Busan-Shanghai-Ningbo-South China-Southeast Asia Hub-Nhava Sheva-Pipavav-Colombo-Southeast Asia Hub
  • (PS4) Hong Kong-South China-Kaohsiung-Keelung -Los Angeles -Oakland-Keelung -Kaohsiung-Xiamen-Hong Kong
  • (PS5) Shanghai-Ningbo -Los Angeles-Oakland-Shanghai
  • (PS6) Qingdao-Ningbo-Shanghai-Busan -Long Beach-Oakland-Tokyo-Qingdao
  • (PS7) Hong Kong-South China-Los Angeles-Oakland-Hong Kong
  • (PS8) Xingang-Qingdao-Shanghai-Busan -Pacific North West-Los Angeles-Tacoma-Busan-Kwangyang-Xingang
  • (EX1) Qingdao–Shanghai–Busan–Los Angeles (CA USA)–Oakland (CA USA)–Yokohama–Naha–Busan–Qingdao

TransPacific (via Panama Canal and Suez Canal)

  • (EC1) Ningbo-Shanghai-Busan-Tokyo-(Panama Canal)-Manzanillo-Savannah-Jacksonville-Charleston-Norfolk-Manzanillo-(Panama Canal)-Balboa-Los Angeles-Oakland-Tokyo-Kobe-Ningbo
  • (EC2) Qingdao-Ningbo-Shanghai-Busan-(Panama Canal)-Manzanillo-New York-Boston-Wilmington-Savannah-Charleston-Manzanillo-(Panama Canal)-Busan-Qingdao
  • (EC3) Kaohsiung-Xiamen-Hong Kong-South China-Shanghai-(Panama Canal)-Manzanillo-Savannah-Jacksonville-Norfolk-Manzanillo-(Panama Canal)-Balboa-Busan-Kaohsiung
  • (EC4) Kaohsiung-Hong Kong-South China-Cai Mep-Southeast Asia Hub-(Suez Canal)-New York-Norfolk-Savannah-Charleston-New York-(Suez Canal)-Southeast Asia Hub-Kaohsiung
  • (EC5) Laem Chabang-Cai Mep-Southeast Asia Hub-Colombo-(Suez Canal)-Halifax-NYC-Savannah-Jacksonville-Norfolk-Halifax-(Suez Canal) -Jebel Ali-Singapore-Laem Chabang.

TransAtlantic (Europe-USA and Canada)

  • (AL1) Rotterdam-Bremerhaven-Antwerp-London Gateway-Norfolk-Philadelphia-New York-Halifax-Rotterdam
  • (AL2) London Gateway-Le Havre-Rotterdam-Bremerhaven-New York-Charleston-Savannah-London
  • (AL3) Antwerp-Bremerhaven-London Gateway-Charleston-Port Everglades-Houston-Savannah-Norfolk-Antwerp
  • (AL4) London Gateway-Antwerp-Bremerhaven-Le Havre-Veracruz-Altamira-Houston-New Orleans-London
  • (AL5 / through Panama Canal) Southampton-Rotterdam-Hamburg-Antwerp-Le Havre-Savannah-Cartagena-Puerto Quetzal-Long Beach-Oakland-Tacoma-Vancouver-Oakland -Long Beach-Balboa-Cartagena-Caucedo-Savannah-Southampton
  • (AL6) La Spezia-Genoa-Marseille-Barcelona-Valencia-NYC-Norfolk-Savannah-Miami-Algeciras-La Spezia
  • (AL7) Barcelona-Valencia-Algeciras-Halifax-NYC-Norfolk-Savannah-Valencia-Tarragona

Follows the list of world's largest container shipping companies and their largest vessels per fleet.

cargo container ship (Maersk)

List of largest MAERSK ships

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

  1. Manchester, Marseille, Murcia, Manila, Mumbai (2018 / 20568 TEU)
  2. Madrid, Munich, Moscow, Milan, Monaco (2017 / 20568 TEU)
  3. DSME order for 11 vessels of 19630 TEU (2nd generation Triple-E class)
  4. Marchen, Marit, Margrethe, Mathilde, Mette (2015 / 18270 TEU)
  5. Maren, Maribo, Marstal, Matz, Mayview, Merete, Mogens, Morten, Munkebo (2014 / 18270 TEU)-Triple-E series
  6. Magleby, McKinney Moller, Madison, Majestic, Marie, Mary (2013 / 18270 TEU) - Triple-E series
  7. Eugen (2008 / 15500 TEU) - E series
  8. Eleonora, Evelyn, Ebba, Elly, Edith (2007 / 15500 TEU) - E series
  9. Emma, Estelle (2006 / 15500 TEU) - E series
  10. Hangzhou, Hanoi, Hamburg, Herrera (2018 / 15226 TEU)
  11. Hong Kong, Horsburgh, Honam, Hidalgo (2017 / 15226 TEU)
  12. Lome, Tema (2015, 14000 TEU)
  13. Danube, Euphrates, Indis, Tigris (2014, 14000 TEU)
  14. Edison, Eubank (2011 / 13092 TEU) Zodiac Maritime charter
  15. Edmonton, Elba, Essex, Evora (2011 / 13092 TEU) Rickmers charter
  16. Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Emden, Essen (2010 / 13092 TEU) Rickmers charter.

Note: All 20K TEU ships are of the Maersk Names H-Class. All 18K TEU vessels are of the 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 "H-class" (2nd generation) vessels. Maersk Line ordered a total of 27 vessels (11x 20568 TEU, 16x 18270 TEU), thus replacing all older ships by 2018's end.
  • 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 H-Class (ULCV)
  • Building cost: USD 113 million (each)
  • 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 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
  • The 2017-built ships (capacity 15226 TEUs) have length 353 m (1158 ft), width 54 m (176 ft) and GT 153,153 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

MSC shipping (abbrev "Mediterranean Shipping Company SA", founded 1970) is the SECOND largest shipping line in the world in terms of TEU capacity. MSC is not stock-listed (unique feature for a huge corporation). In 2014, MSC's fleet had 471 ships (2,55 million TEUs). MSC is a Switzerland-based and operates in all major seaports. Part of MSC shipping (subsidiary) is the MSC Cruises.

The largest MSC ships are:

  1. **In 2019, to MSC Shipping will be delivered 11 vessels (capacity 22,000 TEUS each).
  2. Anna, Viviana (2016-2017 / 19400 TEU)
  3. Leanne, Rifaya, Tina (2017 / 19224 TEU)
  4. Diana, Ditte, Eloane, Erica, Ingy, Jade, Mirja, Mirjam, Reef (2016 / 19224 TEU)
  5. Clara, Maya, Oliver, Oscar, Sveva, Zoe (2015 / 19224 TEU)
  6. New York (2014 / 18270 TEU)
  7. London (2014), Venice (2016), Amsterdam, Hamburg, Istanbul, (2015 / 16650 TEU)
  8. Deila, Valeria (2012 / 14000 TEU)
  9. Fillippa, Ravenna, Taranto (2011 / 14000 TEU)
  10. Alexandra, Genova, La Spezia, Melatilde, Paloma, Rosa M, Savona (2010 / 14000 TEU)
  11. Danit (2009, Camille (2009 / 14000 TEU)
  12. Beatrice, Gaia, Livorno, Sonia (2010 / 13798 TEU)
  13. Bettina, Emanuela, Eva, Irene, Kalina (2009 / 13798 TEU)
  14. Daniela (2008 / 13798 TEU)
  15. Cristina (2011 / 13102 TEU) - chartered from Navios Partners
  16. 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: MAN 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 (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 14,000 TEU / 2,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 30
  • Engines: MAN 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 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 shipping company in the world. It serves 170 trade routes connecting 400 seaports in 150 countries, with fleet capacity over 2 million TEUs. Company's main headquarters are in France (Marseille), while its North American headquarters are in USA (Norfolk VA). Each CMA CGM ship has 20-25 crew. Company's majority owner is the Saade family (Marseille, France), 24% shares are owned by YILDIRIM Group (Turkey). Mr Jacques Saade is company's founder, CEO and group chairman.

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

In November 2018, CMA CGM Group acquired the Finland-based Containerships PLC (founded 1966) from Container Finance Ltd Oy. Containerships PLC operates in Northern Europe and Baltic Sea. The company has 2700 employees and 130 offices worldwide.

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The largest CMA CGM ships are:

  1. **In 2019-2020, to CMA-CGM will be delivered 9 vessels (capacity 22,000 TEUs each).
  2. Antoine de Saint Exupery, Jean Mermoz, Louis Bleriot (2018 / 20,954 TEU)
  3. Benjamin Franklin, Bougainville, Georg Forster, James Cook, Kerguelen, Vasco De Gama, Zheng He (2015 / 17722 TEU)
  4. Alexander von Humboldt, Jules Verne (2013 / 16020 TEU)
  5. Marco Polo (2012 / 16020 TEU)
  6. Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams (2017 / 14414 TEU), J Madison (2018)
  7. Theodore Roosevelt (2015, 14414 TEU)
  8. Corte Real, Amerigo Vespucci, Christophe Colomb, Magellan (2010 / 13830 TEU)
  9. Laperouse (2009 / 13830 TEU)
  10. Effingham, Enfield, Erving (2011 / 13102 TEU - chartered from Zodiac Maritime
  11. Margrit (2012 / 13102 TEU - chartered from Zodiac Maritime
  12. Alaska, Nevada (2011 / 12552 TEU)
  13. Andromeda, Aquila (2009, 11388 TEU)
  14. Cassiopeia, Centaurus, Columba, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Lyra, Pegasus, Titan (2010, 11388 TEU)
  15. Hydra, Musca (2009, 11040 TEU)
  16. Thalassa, Vela (2008, 11040 TEU)

On September 19, 2017, CMA CGM signed 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 (22000 TEU - largest)

During the Bonn Climate Change Conference (COP23) in November 2017, CMA-CGM announced that its 9 future boxships (22,000 TEU-series, scheduled deliveries 2019-2020) will be LNG-powered (using liquefied natural gas). This made CMA-CGM world's first shipping company to equip large-capacity boxships with LNG engines.

  • These world's ever-largest voxship have length 400 m, width 61 m, draft 33,5 m, DWT 220,000 tons, 2200 reefers (refrigerated containers, or 1/5 of the total TEUs).
  • Five of the ships will be built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (shipyard owned by CSSC), and the other four - by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding.
  • French company GTT designed vessel's cryogenic tanks (storing the LNG), which have combined capacity (per ship) 18600 m3.
  • Ships' membrane tanks were built by Hudong-Zhonghua.
  • Ships' low-speed dual-fuel engines are "WinGD X-DF" (with low-pressure gas admission) by the Switzerland-based company WinGD (Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd, founded 2015). CMA CGM ordered company's largest dual-fuel low-speed engine (model 12X92DF) to power the world's current largest containerships.

Compared to marine diesel engines (on HFO / heavy fuel oil), using LNG results in up to 25% reduction in CO2, 99% in SOx, 85% in NOx and 99% in soot particles. In a 10-year period (2005-2015), CMA CGM Group has reduced fleet's CO2 emissions (per TEU per km) by 50%. Its next 10-year plan (2015-2025) further reduces fleet's CO2 emissions by 30%.

CMA CGM vessel details (21000 TEU)

In 2018, were scheduled for delivery a series of 3 vessels. The class has capacity 20,600 TEUs (20,776), which is approx 123 km / 76,4 ml long line of containers. The first delivered was Antoine de Saint Exupery (on Feb 6).

  • Shipbuilder: HHIC-Phil Inc ("Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines")
  • Crew capacity: 27
  • Speed: 25 kn / 29 mph / 47 kmh
  • Draught (Draft): 16 m / 53 ft
  • Breadth (Width): 59 m / 194 ft
  • LOA Length: 400 m / 1312 ft
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 199,000 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 199,855 tons

CMA CGM vessel details (18000 TEU)

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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).
  • As of 2018, CMA CGM offers 41 line services with 331 boxships and total cargo capacity 3,1 million TEUs.

List of largest EVERGREEN ships

EVERGREEN MARINE (founded 1968) is a Taiwan-based freight shipping corporation with many divisions and subsidianies, among which Uniglory Marine (Taiwan), Hatsu Marine (UK), Italia Marittima (Italy). Company's other markets are shipbuilding, container construction, port management, maritime engineering. EVERGREEN is also in East Asia's air travel industry via partnerships with EVA Airways (Taiwan) and Uni Air (China). EVERGREEN MARINE Corporation (EMC) is the FOURTH largest container ship company in the world, with 150+ vessels linking 240+ ports in 80+ countries. Company's main routes are Asia-Europe (via Suez Canal) and Asia-USA (East Coast). Most Evergreen containers are painted green (black lettering). Company's reefers (refrigerated TEUs) are white with "EVERGREEN" lettering in green.

  • 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). The largest EVERGREEN ships are:

  1. Ever Golden, Ever Goods, Ever Genius, Ever Given (2018 / 20388 TEU)
  2. Triton, Titan, Talos, Taurus, Theseus (2016 / 14424 TEU)
  3. THALASSA Avra, Axia, Doxa, Elpida, Mana, Niki, Pistis, Tyhi (2014 / 13800 TEU) - chartered
  4. THALASSA Hellas, Patris (2013 / 13800 TEU) - chartered
  5. In 2018 were chartered 12x and ordered 8x 11K TEU ships.
  6. In Nov 2018, Evergreen Marine signed with Ship Finance International Ltd Lease Financing totaling USD 400 million. The deal was for purchasing the four 14K TEU vessels chartered in 2018 (until 2024, plus optional 18 additional months). Each Lease Financing has 9-year term, with vessel purchasing option after the 6-year charter.
  7. In Feb 2018, Evergreen Marine signed shipbuilding agreement with Samsung Heavy Industries for 8 boxships. The newbuilds' planned deliveries are for 2020-2021. Each vessel has capacity 11,000 TEUs (19 container rows on deck), length 334 m, width 48 m, scantling draft 15.5 m, service speed 23 knots.
  8. Ever Lambent, Ever Laden, Ever Lasting, Ever Leading, Ever Laurel, Ever Libra, Ever Lawful (2012 / 8508 TEU)
  9. Ever Leader, Ever Legacy, Ever Living, Ever Linking (2013 / 8508 TEU)
  10. Ever Lucid, Ever Lively, Ever Lenient, Ever Lucent, Ever Lissome, Ever Loading, Ever Lunar (2014 / 8508 TEU)
  11. Ever Lyric, Ever Lovely, Ever Lifting (2015 / 8508 TEU)
  12. Ever Logic, Ever Liven, Ever Legend, Ever Learned, Ever Legion (2013 / 8452 TEU)
  13. 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

**In 2018-2019, to EVERGREEN Shipping will be delivered 11 vessels (capacity 22,000 TEUs each). The 20K boxships details are:

  • Builder: Imabari Shipbuilding (Japan)
  • Container capacity: 20,388 TEUs
  • Speed: 23 kn / 26 mph / 43 kmh
  • Breadth (Width): 59 m / 193 ft
  • LOA Length: 400 m / 1312 ft
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 217,617 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 198,000 tons

The 2016-launched 14K boxships have the following details:

  • EVERGREEN's 14K TEU vessels are with loading capacity 14424 (exact) and are DNV GL classed.
  • Builder: Hyundai Heavy Industries (Mokpo and Samho yards, South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 15,000 TEU / 1,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Speed: 24 kn / 28 mph / 44 kmh
  • Breadth (Width): 51 m / 167 ft
  • LOA Length: 369 m / 1211 ft
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 148,386 tons
  • DWT / Deadweight Tonnage: 155,000 tons

THALASSA-named ship details

  • 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 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.

List of largest HAPAG LLOYD ships

HAPAG LLOYD shipping (abbrev "Hamburg-Amerikanische Paketfahrt-Aktien-Gesellschaft" plus NDL / "Norddeutscher Lloyd", merger founded 1970) is a German company that also owns Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The merger was between two of the world's oldest cargo shipping companies - Hapag (1847) and NDL (1856). HAPAG LLOYD is world's FIFTH largest container line, with fleet of 180+ vessels and TEU capacity around 1 million. Following the 2017 merger with UASC, HL operates all UASC ships.

  • 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 new joint venture will be headquartered in Hamburg, with UASC holding around 1/3 of all shares.
  • HAPAG LLOYD and UASC officially merged on May 24, 2017. Following the merger, UASC became new company's largest shareholder, while HAPAG LLOYD became combined fleet's sole operator. In 2017, UASC-HAPAG LLOYD fleet consisted of 219 vessels, ranking it world's 5th largest.

As of 2016, HAPAG-LLOYD 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). The largest HAPAG LLOYD ships are:

  • Wide India (2015 / 14000 TEU)
  • Wide Alpha, Wide Bravo, Wide Charlie (2014 / 14000 TEU)
  • Ulsan Express, Ludwigshafen Express, Leverkusen Express (2014 / 13169 TEU)
  • Hong Kong Express, Shanghai Express, Essen Express, Antwerpen Express (2013 / 13169 TEU)
  • Hamburg Express, Basle Express, New York Express (2012 / 13169 TEU)

HAPAG LLOYD vessel details (14000 TEU)

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". From the same class are the MAERSK ships DANUBE, EUPHRATES, INDUS, LOME, TEMA, TIGRIS.

  • Hyundai Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 13,169 TEU / 800 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 24
  • Engines: MAN 11K98ME7
  • 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: MAN 11K98ME7
  • 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

In 2019-2020, 10x Hamburg-Class boxships (13K TEU) were scheduled for EGCS retrofits in response to IMO2020's low-sulphur fuel regulation. All 10x EGCS (Hybrid Ready Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems) will be installed at Qingdao Beihai Shipyard (China).

List of largest UASC ships

UASC shipping (abbrev "United Arab Shipping Company", founded 1976) is a Dubai-based company (aka "UASC Kuwait") It is joint venture owned by 6 state-shareholders (UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq). UASC has fleet of 50+ vessels (owned and chartered) and operations in 75+ countries (200+ seaports).

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 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 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 new company's largest shareholder, while HAPAG-LLOYD became combined fleet's sole operator. As of 2017, HAPAG LLOYD-UASC fleet consisted of 219 vessels, ranking it the world's 5th largest.

The largest UASC ships are:

  • Al Dahna, Tihama (2016 / 18800 TEU)
  • Al Muraykh, Al Nefud, Al Zubara, Barzan (2015 / 18800 TEU)
  • Afif, Al Jmeliyah (2017 / 15000 TEU)
  • Al Mashrab, Al Dhail, Al Jasrah, Umm Qarn (2016 / 15000 TEU)
  • Al Murabba, Al Nasriyah, Salahuddin, Linah (2015 / 15000 TEU)
  • Sajir (2014 / 15000 TEU)
  • Ain Snan, Al Qibla, Al Riffa, Alula, Jebel Ali, Malik Al Ashtar (2012 / 13500 TEU)
  • Tayma (2012 / 13500 TEU)
  • Umm Salal (2010 / 13500 TEU)
  • 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 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: MAN 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

List of largest COSCO ships

COSCO shipping (abbrev "China Ocean Shipping Company", founded 1961) is a Beijing-based company (aka "COSCO Group" or "COSCO China"). COSCO is a SOE (state-owned enterprise) fully owned and operated by the Chinese government. COSCO Group owns 7 stock-listed companies and 300+ subsidiaries. Company's business includes freight shipping, shipbuilding and repairs, cargo terminal operations, containers manufacturing, trade, finances, real estates, information technologies. COSCO is China's biggest and world's SIXTH largest container shipping line, with 550+ vessels and TEU capacity over 850,000.

COSCO corporation includes 7 stock-listed companies plus over 300 subsidiaries based in China and abroad.

(new container ships): In September 2015, COSCO 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). The largest COSCO ships are:

  • *In 2018-2019, to COSCO Shipping delivered 6 vessels (capacity 21,237 TEUS each) plus 5 vessels with capacity 20,119 TEUS (each). The first delivery (Taurus) was in January. Shipbuilder is NACKS (Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co Ltd).
  • Universe, Nebula (2018 / 21237 TEUs)
  • Gemini, Taurus, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius (2018 / 20119 TEUs)
  • Aries, Leo, Capricorn, Scorpio (2018 / 19273 TEUs)
  • Denali, Alps, Andes (2018 / 14568 TEU)
  • Himalayas, Kilimanjaro (2017 / 14568 TEU)
  • Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Spain (2014 / 13386 TEU)
  • France, Belgium, England, Netherlands (2013 / 13386 TEU)
  • Faith, Hope, Excellence, Fortune (2012 / 13114 TEU)
  • Glory, Development, Pride, Harmony (2011 / 13114 TEU)

COSCO vessel details (15000 TEU)

  • LOA length 366 m (1201 ft)
  • width 51 m (168 ft)
  • GT tonnage 154,369 tons
  • cargo capacity 14568 TEUs

COSCO vessel details (13400 TEU)

  • 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: MAN 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

List of largest CSCL ships

CSCL shipping (abbrev "China Shipping Container Lines", founded 1997) is a division of "China Shipping Group". Both companies are specialized in marine shipping, with fully-owned oil tankers, passenger ships (ferry and cruise) and boxships. China Shipping Group additionally manages terminals, with operations also in investments, engineering, human resources, maritime technologies. CSCL is currently the SEVENTH largest container shipping line in the world, with fleet of 150+ vessels and TEU capacity over 600,000.

  • 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 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 containerships 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). The largest CSCL ships are:

  1. Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean (2015 / 19000 TEU)
  2. Globe, Pacific Ocean (2014 / 19000 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: 18,982 TEU / 2,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 31
  • Engines: MAN 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 (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 14,074 TEU / 1,000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Crew capacity: 27
  • Engines: MAN 12K98MC-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

List of largest HANJIN ships

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

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). The largest HANJIN ships are:

  • Sooho, Europe, Africa, America, Asia (2012 / 13102 TEU)
  • Blue Ocean, Harmony, Gold, Green Earth (2013 / 13102 TEU)
  • 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: MAN 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, Busan), 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) in company's commercial fleet are named after big cities which seaports they visit.

List of largest HAMBURG SUD ships

HAMBURG SUD shipping (founded 1871 as "Hamburg Sudamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft" / "Hamburg South America Line") is a Germany-based subsidiary of Oetker Group (German family-owned food processing company established in 1891). HAMBURG SUD is currently the TENTH largest shipping line in the world, with fleet of 130+ vessels and TEU capacity over 600,900. HAMBURG SUD's annual revenue is around EUR 5,5 billion. The company has around 5400 employees, and also owns Alianca (Brazil) and Ybarra Sud (Spain). Its containers are painted in red (with white lettering and a huge red-white flag in between both words). The reefers (refrigerated containers) are painted white (with blue lettering and red-white flag in between).

In March 2015, Hamburg Sud Group acquired Compania 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). The largest HAMBURG SUD ships are:

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

HAMBURG SUD vessel details (10600 TEU - largest)

  • Daewoo Shipbuilding (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 10,600 TEU / 1000 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Engines: MAN 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

List of largest OOCL ships

OOCL shipping company (abbrev "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 270+ vessels and total capacity over 553,800 TEUs. 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.

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). The largest OOCL ships are:

  • (2018 / 21413 TEU / G Class) Indonesia
  • (2017 / 21413 TEU / G Class) Hong Kong, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, Scandinavia
  • (2014 / 13208 TEU) Korea, Singapore, Malaysia
  • (2013 / 13208 TEU) Bangkok (OOIL charter), Berlin, Brussels,Chongqing (OOIL charter), Egypt, France, Poland
  • 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 (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 (Geoje Island, South Bangkok)
  • Container capacity: 13,208 TEU / 800 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Engines: MAN 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 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.

List of largest APL ships

APL shipping (abbrev "American President Lines", founded 1848) is a Singapore-based company and CMA-CGM subsidiary (since 2018). Company's current name is since 1938 (renamed from "Dollar Steamship Co", aka "Dollar Line"). Aka "APL Singapore", the company has its own network of inland facilities in USA, and fully-owned cargo terminals in Asia and on US West Coast. APL is currently the TWELFTH largest shipping line in the world, with fleet of 150+ vessels, over 4300 employees, total capacity 600,000 TEUs, over USD 8 billion in revenue. APL ships operate on 80+ trade lanes weekly, calling at seaports in 95+ countries. Still, most APL operations are in the Pacific Ocean (between Asia and USA).

As of 2016, APL line owns 50 and operates under charter 40 container cargo vessels (no new ship orders). The largest APL ships are Temasek, Raffles, Changi, Vanda (2013 / 13900 TEU) and Merlion, Sentosa (2014 / 13900 TEU).

APL vessel details (14000 TEU - largest)

APL Temasek was the first container carrier in a series of all ten 14K TEU vessels ordered by APL and part of USD 4 billion fleet renovation program. Five of these ships are operated by APL, the remaining five are chartered out to MOL (one of APL's allied partners).

These 14000 TEU boxships are in APL-MOL joint series. From the same class are the MOL vessels Quality, Quartz, Quasar, Quest, Quintet. They are the first jumbo twin-isle vessels designed with fully enclosed Bridge. Deckhouses are constructed with flush outside bulkheads to keep the crew safe from pirate attacks.

The 14K TEU APL-MOL ships 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: MAN 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

List of largest YANG MING ships

YANG MING shipping (officially "Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation", founded 1972) is a Keelung-based (Taiwan) company with fleet of mainly boxships and bulkers. Beside the marine shipping services, via fully-owned subsidiaries YANG-MING'ss business also includes logistics and container terminals in Asia (Taiwan), Europe (Belgium, Holland) and USA, with operations in 70+ countries.

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 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 ships (14K TEU). They will be delivered in 2016 and chartered by CSBC Corp (Taiwan).

On April 2, 2018, YANG MING Marine opened its Mediterranean regional center in Piraeus (Athens, Greece).

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). The largest 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)*

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

List of largest ONE ships (MOL, NYK, K-LINE)

ONE Alliance (Ocean Network Express) has merged 3 Japanese companies (MOL, NYK, K-Line). ONE shipping officially started operations on Apr 1, 2018. The company (established on July 7, 2017) has combined fleet capacity 1,44 million TEUs and servess 85 loops linking over 200 seaports.

In 2017, ONE EA ordered a series of seven 14K boxships by Imabari Shipbuilding. They have length 366 m, width 51 m, draft 30 m, DWT 147,000 tons.

MOL largest boxships

MOL shipping company (abbrev "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). MOL is currently the NINTH largest container shipping line in the world, with a diverse fleet of vessels, among which container carriers (total TEU capacity 614,000), general cargo ships (bulk carriers, LNG carriers, tankers), ro-ro ships, ferries, even a cruise ship (Nippon Maru).

The 20150 TEU vessels order is to the South Korean shipbuilder SHI (Samsung). The contract (signed 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 (abbrev "Japan-Thailand-Philippine") also increased MOL's coverage of Japan cargo ports, in particular Tokyo, Yokohama, Shimizu, Nagoya.

As of 2016, MOL line owned 29 and chartered 84 boxships. Current MOL new ship orders are 10 (TEU 160940, or 26,2% of the existing fleet's capacity). The largest MOL ships are:

  1. tbn3, tbn4 (2019 / 20180 TEU)
  2. Treasure, tbn2 (2018 / 20180 TEU)
  3. Triumph, Trust, Tribute, Tradition,Truth (2017 / 20180 TEU)
  4. ONE Stork, ONE Minato, ONE Aquila, ONE Columba (2018 / 14026 TEU)
  5. Quality (2013 / 13900 TEU)
  6. Quartz (2013 / 13900 TEU) - ordered by NOL as APL Agile
  7. Quest (2013 / 13900 TEU)
  8. Quasar (2014 / 13900 TEU)
  9. 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. It was the first in a 6-ship series (4x MOL-operated, 2x long-term chartered to SKK) scheduled for delivery in 2017-2019.

  • Builder: Imabari Shipbuilding Co Ltd (Saijo, Japan, shipyards Imabari and Marugame)
  • Building cost: USD 155 million (each)
  • Container capacity: 20,182 TEU
  • Breadth (Width): 58,8 m / 193 ft
  • LOA Length: 400 m / 1312 ft
  • GT / Gross Weight Tonnage: 199,000 tons

These vessels feature optimized hull shape, low-friction hull paint, new-design (high-efficiency) engine plants and propellers (optimized propeller boss cap fins) resulting in up to 30% reduction in CO2 emissions when compared to MOL's 14K TEU ships.

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 14K TEU series 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 design, MOL was able to lower fuel costs per TEU by 20%-30% for cruising speeds 15-18 knots (17-21 mph / 28-33 kph). New vessel's fuel efficiency (EEDI certified index) is 1/3 better than the IMO established standard.

  • Builder: Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Container capacity: 13,900 TEU
  • Engines: MAN 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

NYK-LINE largest boxships

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

In 1989, NYK-LINE entered the cruise shipping business via Crystal Cruises (subsidiary company). In 2015, Crystal was sold to Genting Hong Kong Corporation. In 1990, NYK-Line started passenger shipping services (NYK Cruises) with MS Asuka. Operating in Japan only, in 2006 Asuka was replaced by MS Asuka 2. NYK shipping is in world's top 20 largest lines, with a fleet of 100+ boxships.

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 owned 48 and chartered 53 vessels. Current NYK new ship orders are 8 (TEU 112000, or 22,9% of the existing fleet's capacity).

NYK-Line also owns trains, planes, trucks, large fleet of various cargo ships (LNG-, bulk-, woodchip, reefer- and car carriers, tankers, cruise ships). NYK-Line largest ships are chartered from OOIL (Orient Overseas International Ltd) and named:

  • (2016, 14026 TEU) - NYK Blue Jay, NYK Ibis, NYK Eagle, NYK Crane)
  • (2017, 14026 TEU) - NYK Hawk, NYK Falcon, NYK Swan, NYK Owl)
  • (2018, 14026 TEU) - NYK Wren, NYK Stork
  • (2013 / 13208 TEU) Helios, Hercules, Hermes, Hyperion. From the same series (M-class) are also the OOCL ships Bangkok, Berlin, Brussels, Chongqing, Korea, Singapore.

NIK-LINE vessel details

The shipowner OOIL ordered 10x 13K boxships (USD 136 million each). All are outfitted with fixed and loose lashing system by German Lashing Gmbh (producer of RoRo lashing and container securing equipment).

  • Builder: Samsung Shipbuilding (Geoje Island, South Bangkok)
  • Container capacity: 13,208 TEU / 800 TEU refrigerated containers (reefers)
  • Engines: MAN 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 NYK fleet's boxships range from 1613 to 8600 TEUs.

K-LINE largest boxships

K-LINE shipping (official name "Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha", founded 1919) is a Japanese company specializing in transportation and cargo-logistics. It operates a huge fleet of both owned and chartered vessels, among which large-capacity container carriers, drybulk carriers, LNG carriers, tankers, ROROs. K-LINE also manages container terminals.

Major K-LINE subsidiaries are "K-Line Logistics" and "K-Line Travel". Currently, this is world's 16th largest shipping company with total TEU capacity over 394,000 (2% market share). Company's biggest shipping divisions are named America, Singapore, Offshore.

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). The largest K-LINE ships are Mackinac Bridge, Manchester Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Munchen Bridge (all 13870 TEU, launched 2015).

K-LINE vessel details

This is 10-unit series of 14K boxships ordered by K-LINE. Five were ordered in March 2013 (delivered 2015) and five in September 2014 (delivered 2018). These are also the biggest container carriers built in Japan to date. These boxships were part of a newbuilding 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

List of largest HYUNDAI ships

HYUNDAI shipping (officially "Hyundai Merchant Marine" / abbrev HMM, founded 1976) is a South Korean cargo-logistics and containership company, subsidiary of HYUNDAI Group. HYUNDAI Marine operates a diverse fleet of cargo vessels, among which bulk carriers, trampers (tramp freighter vessel - without fixed schedule), boxships, LNG tankers.

HYUNDAI shipping is in the world's top 20 largest, with a fleet of 170+ vessels. The biggest of them are the 2014-built company-owned and the 2012-built long-term chartered (from Danaos Corporation). Danaos Corp (one of the largest shipowners on the global container ship chartering market) has a fleet of 60+ vessels raging in TEUs from 2200 up to 13100. The largest HYUNDAI ships are:

  • shiporder for 20x super large boxships (22,000 TEU), plus 8x large (14,000 TEU)) - each will be equipped with either scrubbers or LNG bunkering.
  • shiporder for 20 super large boxships (9x 20,000 TEU plus 11x 11,000 TEU) - building started in 2018, scheduled delivery by 2020
  • Ambition (2012 / 13100 TEU) - Danaos charter
  • Drive, Hope, Pride, Victory (2014 / 13100 TEU)
  • Smart, Speed, Tenacity, Together (2012 / 13100 TEU) - Danaos
  • In October 2018, Hyundai Merchant signed 3 separate shipbuilding deals for 20 boxships (deliveries by June 2021) with total worth USD 2,84 billion. Separate contracts were signed with Hyundai Heavy Industries (8x15,000 TEU), Samsung Heavy Industries (5x23,000 TEU) and DSME-Daewoo Shipbuilding (7x23,000 TEU).

In May 2016, HMM'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 owned 20 and chartered 36 vessels. Current HYUNDAI new ship orders are 6 (TEU 60000, or 16,4% of the existing fleet's capacity). Following the Nov 2017 shiporder for 20x super large boxships, Hyundai Merchant Marine was ranked the world's 6th largest company (future fleet capacity 800,000 TEUs). With the 3 new shiporders, Hyundai's fleet increased from 423,000 to 800,000 TEU. Hyundai also launched new Asia-Europe route served by 6 super-large boxships.

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: MAN 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

List of largest PIL ships

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

In September 2015, PIL signed shipbuilding contract with Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Ltd (China) for an 8-ship series 11800 TEU boxships with length 1032 ft (314,5 m), width 158 ft (48,2 m) and draft 43 ft (13 m). These are PIL's biggest container ships in its owned fleet. Deliveries were in 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

ACL shipping (officially "Atlantic Container Line", aka "ACL Cargo", founded 1967) specializes in North Atlantic container shipping. The company is subsidiary of Grimaldi Group - Naples-based privately-owned ferry shipping company. Grimaldi Lines are well known for having world's largest RORO ships ("Roll-on/roll-off") that can carry wheeled cargo - automobiles, trucks-trailers, railroad cars, etc.

In December 2015, ACL launched the first of all 5 new class "container and RORO" combined vessels, starting with Atlantic Star (Dec 20). Each of these ships has TEU capacity 3800 and car capacity 1307. Shipbuilder was Hudong Zhonghua (Shanghai, China), launching a new ship every 2 months - in 2016 Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, Atlantic Sun. These new-class (G4) ships are world's biggest container-car carriers. They replaced the older ACL ships - the Atlantic-named Cartier, Companion, Compass, Concert and Conveyor.

Next YouTube video is about world's largest ships in service. Along with large boxships, it shows crude oil tankers, pipe-laying vessels, cruise liners, mega-yachts, sailing ships.

The largest ship in the world today is "Prelude FLNG" (abbrev from "floating liquefied natural gas"). This is world's largest offshore platform ever constructed. Prelude FLNG's vessel particulars include:

  • 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 over USD 10 billion.
  • shipowner Royal Dutch Shell.