1. A.P. Moller–Maersk Group
HQ: Copenhagen Denamrk
Revenue: $40.3 Billion (USD)
A.P. Moller–Maersk Group’s largest operating unit is Maersk Line, the world’s largest overseas cargo and freight carrier. They have 324 offices in 115 countries worldwide and operate 590 container ships.
They estimate they ship $675 billion worth of good each year, almost as much as the GDP of Switzerland. Their Triple-E vessels can hold 18,000 twenty-foot containers and their current fleet has 5 of these vessels in active service.
2. Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC)
HQ: Geneva, Switzerland
Revenue: $28.2 Billion (USD)
Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) is the largest privately owned shipping company in the world. They have 480 offices in 150 countries around the globe and call at a total of 315 different ports.
Their total fleet consists of 480 container vessels including the 4 largest container ships in the world, each of which can handle over 19,000 twenty-foot containers.
3. CMA CGM Group
HQ: Marseille, France
Revenue: $15.7 Billion (USD)
CMA CGM Group is the world’s third largest shipping company. They have a fleet of 471 vessels that call at 420 ports in 160 countries. In total they have 765 offices around the globe.
Their largest ship is the CMA CGM Georg Forster which can handle 18,000 twenty-foot containers. Their name is an French acronym which stands for “Maritime Freighting Company – General Maritime Company.”
4. China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO)
HQ: Beijing, China
Revenue: $10.2 billion USD
Following its takeover of China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), COSCO is now the world’s 4th largest shipping company, the largest shipping company outside of Europe and one of only 4 companies that has a total capacity above 1 million TEU.
COSCO now owns 5 of the top 10 biggest container ships, each of which is able to handle 19,000 twenty foot containers. In total the group has 1114 vessels of which 285 are container ships.
5. Evergreen Marine
HQ: Taoyuan City, Taiwan
Revenue: $4.6 billion USD
Evergreen Marine’s, Evergreen Line is the world’s 5th largest container shipping company. They currently operate over 190 ships, which call at 240 ports worldwide in 80 different countries.
Their largest ships are the 8,500 TEU L-type container ships which are considerably smaller than the biggest ships from competing firms. However, they have adapted them to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.