One of the major means of transportation of cargo by sea routes is through container shipping. This is why there is a very tough competition amongst the international cargo shipping companies to be the best in their business. However, there are few companies in the world which are acing the game and we have listed these companies below.
Don’t forget to read the differences between a boat and ship to know the salient features of cargo ships.
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha or NYK is one of the world’s biggest cargo companies operating international companies. This company was started in the 1870s, which was operated only in the passenger fleet-line. Gradually it went under a transition from passenger fleet line to core container shipping company till the end of 20th century.
- Evergreen Marine Corporation
Evergreen Marine Corporation is a shipping conglomerate which was founded by Dr. Yung-Fa Chang in 1968 and is based in China. Currently, this company is established all over the world with an operational capacity of about 160 container ships. This is regarded to be amongst the world’s biggest cargo shipping companies.
CMA-CGM is the leading company of France which was established in the year 1978 and person who is responsible for the establishment is Jacques Saade who is the company’s head. This company has now a fleet of more than 350 ships which is being operated over 150 routes globally.
Maersk Shipping Line is a Denmark based shipping corporation which is AP Moller- Maersk company’s branch. This company made its debut in the field of container shipping in the year 1904 and is widely famous for it. Currently, this large company has a fleet of over 500 container ships which have a massive capacity of 19, 00,000 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units).
The MSC or the Mediterranean Shipping company is an international Swiss cargo company which has a vessel lineup of more than 450 shipping containers. This company was started in 1970 and is now rated amongst the world’s most expensive cargo companies.
Hapag-Lloyd is listed among the most renowned companies in the world and is based in Germany. This well-featured company was established in 1970 and has emerged as one of the biggest international shipping companies. This company is a combination of the German company Lloyd and Hamburg-American line when they merged together. This company has over 130 ships which are currently catering to more than 5 million containers across the world.
APL or the American president lines is a backup company to the Singaporean Orient shipping lines which was established in 1848. This is the world’s first company to fully and successfully use the extra large containers (53 feet) in its vessels.
COSCO or the China ocean shipping company is currently has a fleet of about 150 container ships which are spread over 40 countries in the world. This company is well known as a leading conglomerate in container shipping companies.
Hanjin shipping company is a South Korean conglomerate which is listed amongst the biggest Asian cargo companies. This company has a fleet of over 60 ships and holds the operational capacity of about 1 billion tonnes on an annual basis.
CSCL or the China shipping container lines was established in the year 1997 in Shanghai. This company soon rose its position amongst the leading container shipping industries in the world. Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Exchanges include its name.