World’s Top 15 Container Lines Market Share Reached 85.1% in 2017

Damas Jati - 25/01/2018, 13:44

The combined share of the global container ship capacity of top 15 players in 2017 reached 85.1%, an increase by 12.6% year on year, from 78.6% in 2016, according to Alphaliner.


Of the total global liner capacity of 21.51 million TEUs in 2017, they contributed as much as 18.32 millionTEUs, increasing from 16.27 million teu on in 2016. In total, the global capacity during 2017 rose by 3.9% from 20.69 million teu to 21.51 million teu.


Just like the years before, Maersk Line won the market share and the growth. The line’s operating capacity grew by 26.8% to reach 4.15 million TEUs, from 3.27 million TEUs in 2016.


Zim, OOCL, CMA CGM and MOL also all saw operating capacity increases, up 20%, 19.7%, 18% and 17.9% year-on-year, respectively.


However, not all of the top 15 carriers recorded increase. Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), for example, saw its operating capacity fall by 23.9% from 456,000 to 347,000 TEUs.


K Line also recorded a 2.7% drop in operating capacity. TheJapanese carrier is due to merge its container business with the box line capacity of fellow Japanese carriers MOL and NYK under the new ‘Ocean Network Express’ (ONE) brand from April 2018. ONE will operate a combined fleet of 1.48m teu, which will be boosted by the deliveries in 2018 of one 20,180 teu unit for MOL, four 14,020 teu units for NYK and five 13,870 teu units from K Line.