2015’s top 20 container lines

By Finance

Asian carriers still account for more than half of the top 20 spots in Alphaliner’s top 100 container lines listing. According to Alphaliner data, as of January 9 there are 5, 962 active ships on the liner trades for 18, 878, 451 TEU. The agency reports that the global container ship fleet could very well expand with up to 7.6% this year, a direct result from the deliveries of large new ships and a downfall regarding the scrapping of older vessels. This indicates higher figures than the ones provided in earlier forecasts.

The Journal of Commerce reports HSBC’s trade analysts are predicting a global container growth in the field of 5% in 2015, which resembles the pattern of 2014. A large portion of the growth is due to be generated, according to expectations, by the recovering economy of the United States with the increasing export volumes being captured by Asia terminal operators.

Out of the Asian carriers, Taiwan’s Evergreen recently accounted for the fifth place in Alphaliner’s list, which is a slight drop seeing as it placed fourth during the same time last year, thus making way for Hapag-Lloyd after it successfully completed its merger procedures with Chile’s CSAV in December of last year. Evergreen managed to increase its fleet by 12% in 2014, adding an extra 87, 000 TEU capacity from newbuildings.

Evergreen Line initiated its fleet renewal program back in 2010. The project itself implicated ordering twenty L-type ships from Samsung Heavy Industries and an additional ten more vessels with the same specifications from CSBC. The Samsung building initiative was completed in July of 2014. With the delivery of 8, 508 TEU Ever Lunar late this month, Evergreen will be adding the 27th such ship to its operational fleet. The three vessels that remain are scheduled for delivery by the end of Q3 of 2015. They will be balanced by the redelivery of ships currently on charter when the charter periods expire.

  1. APM-Maersk 2,931,661 TEU, Share: 15.5% 
  2. Mediterranean Shg Co 2,555,444 TEU, Share: 13.5% 
  3. CMA CGM Group 1,657,053 TEU, Share: 8.8% 
  4. Hapag-Lloyd 974,602 TEU, Share:  5.2% 
  5. Evergreen Line 955,174 TEU, Share:  5.1% 
  6. COSCO Container L. 824,702 TEU, Share:  4.4% 
  7. CSCL 676,564 TEU, Share: 3.6% 
  8. MOL 609,708 3.2% 
  9. Hanjin Shipping 608,459 TEU, Share: 3.2% 
  10. APL 562,346 TEU, Share: 3.0% 
  11. OOCL 536,076 TEU, Share: 2.8% 
  12. Hamburg Süd Group 533,365 TEU, Share: 2.8% 
  13. NYK Line 501,424TEU, Share: 2.7% 
  14. Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. 410,971 TEU, Share: 2.2% 
  15. Hyundai M.M. 377,705 TEU, Share: 2.0% 
  16. PIL (Pacific Int. Line) 372,176 TEU, Share: 2.0% 
  17. K Line 366,445 TEU, Share: 1.9% 
  18. UASC 362,492 TEU, Share: 1.9% 
  19. Zim 329,518 TEU, Share : 1.7% 
  20. Wan Hai Lines 200,388 TEU, Share: 1.1%

The full TOP 100 ranking can be found here.