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Top 100 Liner Shipping Companies (and their subsidiaries)

Conferences, Discussion Agreements and other (alike) Groupings

Breakbulk Operators Top 10

Heavy Load Operators Top 10

Conventional Reefership Operators Top 10

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Top 100 Liner Shipping Companies (and their subsidiaries)

Overview of the world's around 100 largest container shipping companies by TEU capacity, including their trade names (short names, abbreviations or otherwise), links to the websites of each individual carrier, as well as the country in which their (operational) headoffice is located.

For the 25 largest among them, last full year's full TEU liftings are provided as well. It is on those Top 25 Container Liner Operators that Dynamar publishes its annual flagship report of the same name - the latest version has been issued in February 2011 and can be found in the Publications section of this website.

Combined, those 100 carriers control nearly 97% of the worldfleet operating in liner services. Their orderbook, making up for just under 26% of existing capacity, amounts to over 92% of the total number of ships on order, with the remaining 7.5% mainly in the hands of non-operating owners (ie. for which no charterer is yet known).

Interested or need to know more on any of these companies? Would suggest you to order a Credit Report on the carrier of your choice!

TEU Trade name or Container Operators (main/parent co and sisters/subsidiaries) Operational  Liftings 2010
rank short name full/legal name  head office TEU





6 APL APL Ltd. Singapore 5,662,000
- Arkas Line
Arkas Konteyner Tasimacilik A.S.
Turkey -
- Bernuth Bernuth Lines, Ltd. USA -
- Boluda Boluda Corporacion Maritima S.L. Spain -
- Borchard Borchard Lines Ltd UK -
- CFS Caribbean Feeder Services Ltd. Bermuda -
25 CCNI Compania Chilena de Navegacion Interoceanica SA Chile 222,700
- CNCo The China Navigation Co. Pte. Ltd.   Singapore -
10 China Shipping, CSCL
China Shipping Container Lines Co. Ltd.   China 9,041,000

Pu Hai - Shanghai Pu Hai Shipping Co China -
- CK Line CK Line Co. Ltd. South Korea -
3 CMA CGM CMA CGM SA France -
- ANL - ANL Container Line Pty Ltd  Singapore -
- CGM - Caribbean General Maritime Ltd.  Miami -
- Cheng Lie - Cheng Lie Navigation Co. Ltd. Taiwan -
- CoMaNav - Compagnie Marocaine de Navigation SA Morocco -
- Delmas - Delmas SAS France -
- FAS - FAS - Feeder Associate Systems  France -
- MacAndrews - MacAndrews & Company Limited UK -
- USL - U.S. Lines Limited  USA -
- Containerships Containerships Ltd. Oy  Finland -
8 Coscon COSCO Container Lines Co. Ltd. China 6,215,000
- Coheung - Coheung Marine Shipping Company Limited South Korea -
- PanAsia - Shanghai PanAsia Shipping Co, Ltd. China
- Crowley LS Crowley Liner Services, Inc. USA -
7 CSAV Compania Sud Americana de Vapores S.A. Chile 2,894,000
- Libra Brazil - Companhia Libra de Navegacao, SA  Brazil -
- CSAV Norasia - Norasia Container Lines Ltd.  Hong Kong -
- Rantzau Rantzau Shipping Group Germany -
- DAL - Deutsche Afrika Linien GmbH & Co. KG  Germany -
- Delphis Delphis N.V. Belgium -
- TeamLines Team Lines GmbH & Co. KG   Germany -
- Dole Dole Ocean Cargo Express, Inc.  Costa Rica -
- Eimskip Eimskipafelag Islands ehf  Iceland -
- Emirates Emirates Shipping Line DMCEST Hong Kong -
4 EGL Evergreen Line Taiwan 6,050,000
- EMC - Evergreen Marine Corp. (Taiwan) Ltd., Taiwan -
- EMH - Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd. Hong Kong -
- EMS - Evergreen Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd. Singapore -
- EMU - Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd. UK -
- ITMA - Italia Marittima S.p.A., Italy  -
- FESCo Far-Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO) PLC Russia -
- Gemadept Gemadept Corporation              
Vietnam -
- Grand China Grand China Logistics Holding (Group) Co.,Ltd China -
- GWF Great White Fleet
USA -
- Grimaldi Grimaldi Compagnia di Navigazione SpA Italy  -
- ACL - ACL (Atlantic Container Line AB)  USA -
- Finnlines - Finnlines Cargo Services   Finland -
- Hainan POS Hainan Pan Ocean Shipping Company Limited  China -
13 Hamburg Sud Hamburg Sudamerikanische Dampschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG Germany 2,900,000
- Alianca - Alianca Navegacao e Logistica Limitada Brazil -
9 Hanjin Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd.  South Korea 3,706,000
5 Hapag-Lloyd Hapag-Lloyd AG  Germany 4,953,000
- HAL Hartmann Asia Container Line Pte Ltd Singapore -
23 HDS HDS Lines Iran 760,000
- Heung-A Heung-A Shipping Co. Ltd. South Korea -
- Horizon Horizon Lines, LLC USA -
- HUBLine HUBLine Berhad Malaysia -
18 Hyundai; HMM Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd. South Korea 2,903,000
- Messina Ignazio Messina & C SpA    Italy -
- ICL Independent Container Line Ltd.  USA -
- ICG Irish Continental Group Plc  Ireland -
- Feederlink - Feederlink Shipping & Trading B.V. Netherlands -
- Eucon - Eucon Shipping & Transport Ltd. Netherlands -
15 "K" Line "K" Line (Kawasaki Kishen Kaisha, Ltd.  Japan 3,094,000
- Kambara Kisen Kambara Kisen Co., Ltd.  Japan -
- King Ocean King Ocean Services Limited  USA -
- KMTC Korea Marine Transport Co. Ltd.  KMTC -
- Lin Lines Lin Lines Inc Portugal -
- Log-in Log-In Logistica Intermodal S.A Brazil -
- MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping GmbH & Co Germany -
1 Maersk Line Maersk Line (A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S) Denmark 14,600,000
- Farell - FARELL Lines USA -
- MCC - MCC Transport Singapore Pte Ltd Singapore -
- Mercosul Line - Mercosul Line  Brazl -
- OACL - Ocean Africa Container Lines (Pty) Limited South Africa -
- Safmarine - Safmarine Container Lines N.V.  Belgium -
- Marfret Compagnie Maritime Marfret SA France -
- MEL Mariana Express Lines Ltd Singapore -
- Matson Matson Navigation Co.   USA -
- Melfi Line Melfi Marine Corporation SA Cuba -
- Meratus PT Meratus Line Indonesia -
24 MISC MISC Berhad Malaysia 525,000
11 MOL MOL (Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd.)  Japan 3,030,000
2 MSC MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.)   Switzerland 12,100,000
- Johan Shipping MTT Shipping, Johan Shipping Sdn Bhd Malaysia -
- Nam Sung Namsung Shipping Co. Ltd. South Korea -
- NileDutch Nile Dutch Africa Line B.V. Netherlands -
- NSCSA National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia -
12 NYK NYK Container Line (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisen)  Japan 3,550,000
- Camellia Camellia Line Co. Ltd. Japan -
- NYK-Hinode NYK-Hinode Line, Ltd. Japan -
14 OOCL Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd.  Hong Kong 4,768,000
- OPDR Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei GmbH & Co. KG  Germany -
- Peel Ports Peel Ports Ltd. Great Britain -
- BG Freight  B.G. Freight Line B.V. Netherlands -
- CCL  - Coastal Container Line Ltd. UK -
- Transworld Transworld Holdings Limited   UAE -
- OEL - Orient Express Lines Ltd. UAE -
- Shreyas - Shreyas Shipping and Logistics  India -
19 PIL Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd.  Singapore 2,850,000
- AvCL - Advance Container Lines (Pte) Ltd.  Singapore -
- PDL - Pacific Direct Line Ltd. Singapore -
- PEL - Pacific Eagle Lines Pte. Ltd. Singapore -
- QSC Qatar Navigation (Q.S.C.) Qatar -
- Rantzau Rantzau Shipping Group Germany -
- DAL - Deutsche Afrika Linien GmbH & Co. KG Germany -
- UAFL - United Africal Feeder Line Ltd. Mauritius -
-
RCL RCL (Regional Container Lines Pte Ltd Singapore -
- Siam Paetra - Siam Paetra International Co. Ltd.  Thailand -
- SPIL PT. Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines Indonesia -
- Samskip Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics B.V. Iceland -
- Samudera  PT Samudera Indonesia Tbk Indonesia -
- SSL - Samudera Shipping Line Pte. Ltd.   Singapore -
- Schoeller Schoeller Holdings Ltd. Cyprus -
- AAL - Austral Asia Line BV   Singapore -
- BTL - Bengal Tiger Line Ltd.    Cyprus -
- SCI SCI (Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.)   India -
- SeaCon Sea Consortium Pte. Ltd.   Singapore -
- XCL - X-Press Container Line  Singapore -
- Seaboard Seaboard Marine Ltd.   USA -
- Seafreight SeaFreight USA -
- Hasco Shanghai Hai Hua Shipping Co., Ltd. (Hasco) China -
- Jin Jiang Shanghai Jinjiang Shipping Co. Ltd. China -
- Simatech Simatech Shipping & Forwarding LLC UAE -
- Sinokor Sinokor Merchant Marine Co. Ltd . South Korea -
- Sinotrans Sinotrans Container Lines Co. Ltd  China -
- SITC SITC - Shandong International Transport Co.  China -
- STX Pan Ocean STX Pan Ocean Co., Ltd South Korea -
22 TS Lines T.S. Lines Ltd. Taiwan 1,515,000
- Tanto Intim P.T. Tanto Intim Line Indonesia -
- Tarros Tarros SpA Italy -
- Temas PT. Pelayaran Tempuran Emas Tbk Indonesia -
- Tropical Shipping Tropical Shipping and Construction Company Limited USA -
- Turkon Turkon Konteyner Tasimacilik ve Denizcilik AS   Turkey -
20 UASC United Arab Shipping Company SAG   Kuwait 1,750,000
- UFS United Feeder Services Limited UK -
- Unifeeder Unifeeder A/S  Denmark -
- VSC Valfajr Shipping Co. Iran -
- Vinalines Vietnam National Shipping Lines Vietnam -
21 Wan Hai; WHL Wan Hai Lines Limited  Taiwan 3,100,000
- Interasia - Interasia Lines, Ltd. Japan -
- Westwood Westwood Shipping Lines, Inc. USA -
17 Yang Ming Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation  Taiwan 3,300,000
16 ZIM ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.  Israel 2,219,000
- Gold Star - Gold Star Line Ltd.  Hong Kong -

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Conferences, Discussion Agreements and other (alike) Groupings

Effective 18 October 2008, Liner Shipping Conferences became forbidden in the European Union. Though elsewhere, and in particular in Australia, China, India, Japan, Singapore and the US, the future of such bodies has come up for discussion, despite the EUâ??s efforts, the European example has not -yet- been followed. Hence this overview of Conferences, Discussion Agreements and other relevant groupings of which the members are allowed, in some form and depending on the relevant jurisdiction, to fix or recommend or discuss rates and surcharges and to manage or discuss capacity. In the case of trades connecting to US ports, these agreements have to be filed with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

Abbrevation Conference or Discussion Agreement Members (abbreviated)



AADA  Asia Australia Discussion Agreement  ANL, China Shipping, Coscon, Gold Star Line, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, "K" Line, Maersk Line, MOL, MSC, NYK, OOCL
ABC ABC Discussion Agreement Hamburg Sud, King Ocean, SeaFreight
ACTA Asia to Caribbean Trade Agreement CMA CGM, CSAV, Evergreen, Hamburg Sud, Maersk Line, MSC, ZIM
AEATA Asia East Africa Trade Agreement Delmas, Maersk Line, MOL, PIL
AFDA  Australia Fiji Discussion Agreement CNCo, Hamburg Sud, Neptune Pacific Line, Pacific Forum Line
AFDG  Asian Feeder Discussion Group AvCL, Bengal Tiger Line, RCL, Samudera, Sea Consortium
ANSCON  Australia Northbound Shipping Conference ANL, "K" Line, MOL, NYK, OOCL, ZIM
ANZDA Asia New Zealand Discussion Agreement CNCo, Coscon, Hamburg Sud, Maersk Line, MISC, NYK, OOCL, PIL
ANZECS  Australian and New Zealand/Eastern Shipping Conference  ANL, "K" Line, MOL, NYK, OOCL, ZIM
ANZUSDA Australia/New Zealand Discussion Agreement  ANL, CMA CGM, Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line
AWATA  Asia-West Africa Trade Agreement China Shipping, CMA CGM, Delmas, Gold Star, Maersk Line, MSC, MOL, NileDutch, PIL, Safmarine
AWCSA Asia-West Coast South America Freight Conference APL, CCNI, CSAV, CMA CGM, Evergreen, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, "K" Line, Maersk Line, Maruba, MOL, MSC, NYK
BOBCON  Bay of Bengal/Japan/Bay of Bengal Conference  NYK, Everet Shipping, Bangladesh Shipping, Myanmar Five Star
BRAZIL Brazil/Far East/Brazil Freight Conference  CSAV, NYK
CADA  Central American Discussion Agreement  APL, Crowley, Dole, Great White Fleet, King Ocean, Seaboard Marine
CALFO  Calcutta Feeder Operators AvCL, Bengal Tiger Line, Orient Express Line, Megastar Shipping, PACC, Samudera, Sea Consortium
CANZDA Canada Australia New Zealand Discussion Agreement  Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd
CFO  Chennai Feeder Operators AvCL, Bengal Tiger Line, Orient Express Line, Samudera, Sea Consortium, Sea Services
CFTC  Chittagong Feeder Trade Committee AvCL, APL, Orient Express Line, QC Container Line, Sea Consortium
CPWCSA Canada Pacific West Coast South America Agreement CCNI, CSAV, Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd
CSA  Caribbean Shipowners Association Bernuth, CMA CGM, Crowley, Seaboard Marine, SeaFreight, ZIM
CTSA Canada Transpacific Stabilization Agreement  APL, Coscon, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, "K" Line, NYK, OOCL, Yang Ming, ZIM
CWTSA Canada Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement  APL, Coscon, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, "K" Line, NYK, OOCL
EMDA East Mediterranean Discussion Agreement China shipping, Coscon, ZIM
FEEA  Far East/East Africa Freight Conference  MOL (breakbulk only), NYK
FESAMEC  Far East/South Asia-Middle East Conference  IRISL, "K" Line, Maersk Line, MOL, NYK, PNSC, SCI, UASC, WWL
FBSOA Florida-Bahamas Shipowners and Operators Association Bernuth, Crowley, Seaboard Marine, SeaFreight
HDA Hispaniola Discussion Agreement  Crowley, Seaboard Marine
IADA  Intra-Asia Discussion Agreement ANL, APL, Biendong, Cheng Lie, China Shipping, CMA CGM, Coscon, Emirates, Evergreen, Gold Star, Gemadept, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, Heung-A, Hyundai, Interasia, "K" Line, KMTC, MCC Transport, NYK, OOCL, PIL, RCL, Samudera, Sinokor, SITC, UASC, Wan Hai, Yang Ming
IRA  Informal Rate Agreement APL, CMA CGM, Coscon, CSAV Norasia, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, IRISL, Maersk Line, MOL, NYK, OOCL, PIL, UASC, Wan Hai, Yang Ming
IRSA  Informal Red Sea Agreement ANL, APL, CMA CGM, Coscon, CSAV Norasia, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, PIL, UASC, Wan Hai
ISAA  Informal South Asia Agreement APL, CMA CGM, Coscon, CSAV Norasia, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, Maersk Line, MOL, NYK, OOCL, PIL, SCI, Samudera, TSK Line, UASC, Wan Hai, Yang Ming
ITC Israel Trade Conference APL, Maersk Line, ZIM
JAHOSAS  Japan & Hong Kong/South Africa Shipping Conference  "K" Line, MISC, MOL (breakbulk only), NYK
JCFC  Japan/Ceylon Freight Conference  "K" Line, MOL (Breakbulk only), NYK
JGARSPC  Japan/Gulf of Aden & Red Sea Ports Conference  ANL, CMA CGM, Egyptian International Shipping Co, Hapag-Lloyd, "K" Line, MOL, NYK
JHSFA  Japan/Hong Kong & Japan/Straits Freight Agreement  Daiichi Chuo, Eastern Car Liner, "K" Line, MISC, MOL, NYK
JLA  Japan-Latin America Eastbound Freight Conference  "K" Line, MOL (breakbulk only), NYK
JMEX  Japan-Mexico Freight Conference  "K" Line, MOL (breakbulk only), NYK
JPFC  Japan/Philippines Freight Conference  Daiichi Chuo, Easter Shipping, Everet Orient Line, "K" Line, Kansai Steamship, NYK, Philippines President Lines, Tokyo Senpaku, Westwind Shipping
JSPFC  Japan/South Pacific Freight Conference  China Navigation Co, Kyowa Shipping, NYK
JTFC  Japan/Thailand Freight Conference  Jutha Maritime, Kansai Steamship, "K" Line, NYK, Siam Paetra, Thai Maritime, T. J. Marine
 
JTJCFC Japan/Taiwan/Japan Container Freight Conference  "K" Line, NYK
JWAAC  Japan/West Africa (Angola/Cameroon Range) Freight Conference  Coscon, "K" Line, MOL (breakbulk only), NYK
JWANS  Japan/West Africa (Nigeria/Senegal Range) Freight Conference  Coscon, Gold Star, "K" Line, MOL (breakbulk only), NYK
JWCSA  Japan-West Coast South America Freight Conference (breakbulk) CCNI, CSAV, "K" Line, MOL, NYK
KNFC  Korea Nearsea Freight Conference Coscon, CK Line, Dong Young , Dongjin, Hanjin, Heung-A, KMTC, Namsung, Pan Continental, Pan Star, Sinokor, Sinotrans, STX Pan Ocean, Taiyoung
LAA Latin America Agreement APL, Bernuth, CMA CGM, CCNI, CSAV, Dole, Frontier Liner, Great White Fleet, Hamburg Süd, King Ocean, Libra, MSC, Seaboard Marine, Ecuadorian Line, ZIM
MIDA  The Middle East Indian Subcontinent Discussion Agreement  APL, CMA CGM, Hapag Lloyd, Maersk Line, Swire Shipping, NSCSA, UASC
NANZDA  North Asia/New Zealand Discussion Agreement   Coscon, Hamburg Sud, MOL, NYK, Tasman Orient Line
PDA Pacific Islands Discussion Agreement CMA CGM, Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd, Marfret, Polynesia Line
River Plate Far East/River Plate/Far East Freight Conference  CSAV, NYK
SEASA/ATFA South East Asia and South Asia/Australia Trade Facilitation Agreement  ANL, APL, Gold Star, Hanjin, Hyundai, Maersk Line, MISC, NYK, OOCL, MSC, PIL, RCL
SNZDA Straits/New Zealand Discussion Agreement CNCo, Maersk Line, MISC, NYK, PIL
TFA  Australia/North and East Asia Trade Facilitation Agreement ANL, China Shipping, Coscon, Gold Star, Hamburg Sud, Hyundai, "K" Line, MOL, MSC, NYK, OOCL
TFG  Australia/South East Asia and South Asia Trade Facilitation Agreement  ANL, APL, "K" Line, Maersk Line, MISC, MOL, NYK, OOCL, PIL, RCL
TSA  Transpacific Stabilization Agreement APL, China Shipping, CMA CGM, Coscon, Evergreen, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, "K" Line, Maersk Line, MSC, NYK, OOCL, Yang Ming, ZIM
USADA  United States Australasia Discussion Agreement  ANL, CMA CGM, Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, Marfret
VDA Venezuela Discussion Agreement  Hamburg Sud, King Ocean, MSC, Seaboard Marine, Seafreight Line
WAFEAC  West Africa (Angola/Cameroon Range)/Far East Freight Conference  Coscon, "K" Line, NYK
WAFENS  West Africa (Nigeria/Senegal Range)/Far East Freight Conference  Coscon, Gold Star, "K" Line, NYK
WCSADA  West Coast of South America Discussion Agreement  APL, CCNI, CSAV, Ecuadorian Line, Frontier Liner Services, Hamburg Sud", King Ocean Serivices, Maersk Line, MSC, Seaboard Marine, Trinity Shipping
WCSAFC  West Coast of South America/Far East Freight Conference  CCNI, CSAV, "K" Line, NYK
WTSA  Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement Coscon, Evergreen, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, "K" Line, OOCL, Yang Ming
YLSC Yellow Sea Liners' Committee China Shipping, CK Line, Co-Heung, Coscon, CQH Line, CSC Line, DDCL, Dong Young, EAS Datong, Hanjin, Han Sung, Heung-A, Hyundai, KMTC, Namsung, NBOS Line, New Orient Lines, Pan Continental, STX Pan Ocean, Sinokor, Sinotrans

Other carrier and related-groupings

ASF/SERC Asian Shipowners Forum/Shipping Economics Review Committee APL, ANL, China Shipping, Coscon, Evergreen, Hanjin, Hyundai, "K" Line, MOL, NYK, OOCL, Wan Hai, Yang Ming
BOGSOA  Bangladesh Ocean Going Ship Owners Association -
Box Club Box Club - International Council of Containership Operators ANL, APL, CCNI, China Shipping, CMA CGM, Coscon, Crowley, CSAV, Delmas, Evergreen, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, "K" Line, Libra, Maersk Line, MISC, MOL, MSC, NYK, OOCL, PIL, Safmarine, UASC, Wan Hai, Yang Ming, ZIM 
CA The Credit Agreement APL, Crowley, Dole, King Ocean, Seaboard Marine, Tropical Shipping
GSF Global Shippers' Forum (GFS)
Asian Shippers' Council, Canadian Industrial Transportation Association, Freight Transport Association, National Industrial Transportation League, Singapore National Shippers' Council, Union of African Shippers' Councils
HLC International Council of Heavy Lift and Project Cargo Carriers Austral Asia Line, BBC, BigLift, Chipolbrok, Clipper Projects, Combi-Lift, Conti-Lines, Hyundai, Intermarine, Nordana, Rickmers Linie, Scanscat, Scan-Trans, Universal Africa Lines
JUSFCDA Japanese-United States Flag Carrier Discussion Agreement APL, "K" Line, MOL, NYK
MCA Maritime Credit Alliance
Alianca, China Shipping, CMA CGM, Libra, CSAV, Coscon, Dole, Hamburg Sud, Hoegh Autoliners, Hyundai, Independent Container Line, "K" Line, NYK, Safmarine, Tropical Shipping, UASC, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Yang Ming, ZIM
OCEMA Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association Agreement APL, ACL, China Shipping, CMA CGM, Libra, CSAV, Crowley, Evergreen, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, "K" Line, Maersk Line, MOL, MSC, NYK, CSAV Norasia, OOCL, Yang Ming, ZIM
PCO/VSA US Pacific Coast-Oceania Agreement ANL, CMA CGM, Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line
TAFBOA Trans-Pacific American Flag Berth Operators Agreement APL, Maersk Line
TAFLO Trans-Atlantic American Flag Liner Operators APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line
UFDA U.S.-Flag Discussion Agreement APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line
WCS World Shipping Council (WSC) ACL, Alianca, APL, Coscon, China Shipping, CMA CGM, CCNI, CSAV, Crowley, Dole, Evergreen, Hamburg Sd, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, Hoegh Autolines, Hyundai, ICL, "K" Line, Maersk Line, MISC, MSC, MOL, NYK, OOCL, PIL, Safmarine, UASC, Wan Hai, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Yang Ming, ZIM

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Breakbulk Operators Top 10

Breakbulk stems from: "to break bulk" a nautical term of the earlier shipping days. It literally meant: "to begin to unload the cargo", or more formally: the taking out of a portion of the cargo of a ship. "Breaking bulk" is also used in a legal sense for taking anything out of a parcel or package, or in any way destroying its entirety. Nowadays and simplistically, breakbulk is any dry cargo too large for containers. The total deadweight of all ships operated by the 25 largest Breakbulk Operators represents a modest around 22% of the total deadweight of the world fleet of similar ships.

"Conventional" in the daily shipping use is an equivalent for breakbulk, both in the case of cargo and the ship. Indeed, breakbulk refers to non-containerised general cargo, consisting of commodities either packed, bundled or coming in units. Packed includes bags, bales, bigbags, cardboard boxes (cartons), cases, casks, crates, drums, barrels and the like, whether or not unitised, i.e. stowed (strapped) on pallets or skids. Heavy and/or overdimensional units, whether packed or just the sensitive parts protected, is also considered breakbulk. "Heavy" can go up to unit weights over many hundreds of tons, even more than one thousand and "overdimensional" comprises heights, lengths and/or widths of many, up to dozens of metres. Project cargo is the more appropriate description for such loads.

Dynamar regulary publishes a quite unique report on the Breakbulk Trades and Markets - a next edition has been planned for late 2011. Overview of the world's 25 largest breakbulk operators with deadweight capacity (as of early 2010):

DWT Trade name or Breakbulk Operators (Top 25) Operational  Capacity DWT
rank short name full/legal name  head office (Jan 2010)





20 AAL Austral Asia Line Pte Ltd. Singapore 191,600
5 BBC BBC Chartering & Logistics GmbH & Co. KG Germany 881,200
10 Chipolbrok Chinese-Polish Joint Stock Company Poland, China 498,300
11 Clipper Clipper Projects A/S Denmark 484,400
8 CNCo The China Navigation Company Pte. Ltd. Singapore 530,500
2 Coscol COSCO Shipping Company Ltd. China 1,198,000
22 Delmas Delmas SAS France 178,000
15 ECL Eastern Car Liner Ltd. Japan 286,900
1 Gearbulk Gearbulk Pool Ltd c/o Gearbulk (UK) Ltd Great Britain 2,504,900
4 Grieg Star Grieg Star Shipping A/S Norway 1,150,800
23 Intermarine Intermarine, LLC USA 140,700
14 MACS MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping GmbH & Co Germany 293,900
17 NYK-Hinode NYK-Hinode Line Ltd. Japan 269,500
13 Rickmers Linie Rickmers-Linie GmbH & Cie KG Germany 384,200
19 Safmarine Safmarine Container Lines N.V. (MPV Department) Antwerp 204,600
3 SAGA  Saga Forest Carriers International AS Norway 1,173,800
12 Sapid Safiran Payam Darya (SAPID) Shipping Co. Iran 448,400
25 Scan-Trans Scan-Trans Chartering ApS  Denmark 113,900
21 SE Shipping SE Shipping Lines Pte Limited Singapore 183,700
6 Spliethoff Spliethoff's Bevrachtingskantoor B.V.  Netherlands 706,800
9 TBS TBS Shipping Services Inc. USA 518,700
18 Thorco Thorco Shipping A/S Denmark 218,600
16 Thorensen Thai Thoresen Thai Agencies Public Company Ltd Thailand 279,000
24 UAL Universal Africa Lines, Limited Netherlands 132,200
- Westfal Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S Norway 218,300


Other principal operators include:

- Conti-Lines Conti-Lines N.V. Belgium -
- Grimaldi Naples Grimaldi Compangnia di Navigazione SpA Italy -
- Hansa Heavy Hansa Heavy Lift GmbH Germany -
- Messina Line Ignazio Messina & Co. SpA Italy -
- NileDutch Nile Dutch Africa Line BV Netherlands -
- Nordana NORDANA Denmark -
- NSCSA The National Shipping company of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia -
- Seaboard Marine Seaboard Marine Ltd. USA -

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Heavy Load Operators Top 10

Breakbulk carriers generally focus on the market of non-containerised general cargo, including projects. However, considering the ever heavier lift capability requirements, an increasing number of the ships they operate can factually be considered to be geared project cargo ships. As such, various of the Top 25 Breakbulk companies are more and more in direct competition with the, for many years, rather select group of "pure" project operators, deploying ships classified (by Lloyds Register) as Heavy Load Carriers.

Those project operators can be considered established specialists, concentrating on the maritime movement of heavy unit loads with extraordinary dimensions, using specifically strengthened vessels, purpose-built for the job. Such project cargo ships can handle the loads with their heavy lift board cranes, in the Roll-on/Roll-off mode through their heavy-duty ramps; through semi-submersible techniques; or just through offering their very large, unobstructed/flush, open deck space. This operators segment is discussed in-depth in "BREAKBULK - Operators, Fleets, Markets".

The world's 10 largest Heavy Load Specialist Operators and the deadweight capacity operated (as of early 2010) are the following:

DWT Trade name or Heavy Load Operators (Top 10) Operational  Capacity DWT
rank short name full/legal name  head office (Jan 2010)





5 BigLift BigLift Shipping B.V. Netherlands 121,400
7 Combi-Lift  K/S Combi Lift Denmark 104,500
2 Dockwise  Dockwise Ltd. Netherlands 740,600
8 Fairstar Fairstar Heavy Transport N.V. Netherlands 53,900
10 Interex Mega  Interex Mega Line Corporation South Korea 36,700
6 Jumbo Shipping Jumbo Shippng V.o.f. Netherlands 109,300
9 NMA NMA Maritime & Offshore Contractors BV Netherlands 38,100
3 OHT Offshore Heavy Transport AS Norway 171,600
4 SAL SAL Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land GmbH & Co. KG  Germany 142,900
1 Shanghai Zhenhua  Shanghai Zhenhua Shipping (ZPMC Shipping) China 984,300

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Conventional Reefership Operators Top 10

The economic downturn hit the conventional reefer sector hard. While the 2009 peak season was short-lived and charter prices did get even close to their usual levels, 2010 results were hardly any better. Not surprisingly, this, and the ever-continuing penetration of the reefer container severely affected the conventional reefer segment, leading to major reorganisations and increased scrapping of conventional tonnage. 

Seaborne perishables trade has been growing consistently since the turn of the century by an average of around 4%, to 85 millions tons in 2008. In 2009, with a decline of 1.9%, this prosperous era came, temporarily, to an end. Despite this fast expansion, conventional reefer ships have not been able to take advantage. They merely managed to stabilise their carryings at an annual 30 million tons, a figure which, according to reefer specialist Seatrade, may drop to just 20 million tons by 2021. Obviously, this has led to a deterioration of market share, which in 2009 stood at around 38%, but which is forecast by some to go down to as little as 24% in 2015.

For much more about the Conventional and Container Reefer Trades and Markets, we would like to refer to our September 2010-published special report Dynamar Reefer Analysis - Market Structure, Conventional, Containers. The world's 10 largest conventional reefership operators by cubic feet capacity of the combined ships as of May 2010 are the following:


Capacity Trade name or Conventional Reefership Operators (Top 10) Operational  Capacity
rank short name full/legal name  head office cu.ft (May 2011)





10 Atlantic Wind  Atlantic Wind Shipping Ltd. USA 6,744,000
7 Baltic Reefer Baltic Reefers Ltd. Russia 8,626,000
6 Dole Dole Ocean Cargo Express, Inc. Costa Rica 9,261,000
9 FSC FSC Frigoship Chartering GmbH (ART) Germany 8,362,000
5 GWF Great White Fleet (Chiquita) USA 12,558,000
2 HRC HRC Hamburg Reefer Chartering GmbH Germany 26,745,000
8 Network Network Shipping Ltd c/o Del Monte Fresh Produce Company USA 8,561,000
4 NYK Cool NYKCool AB Sweden 13,159,000
1 Seatrade Seatrade Reefer Chartering Belgium 38,537,000
3 Star Reefers Star Reefers UK 17,681,000

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Vehicle Carrier (PCC/PCTC) Operators Top 10

Other than their name may suggest, Vehicle Carriers (Pure Car Carriers; Pure Truck and Car Carriers) do carry more than cars (and trucks) alone. Typical cargoes moving by PCTCs include: boats and yachts, High and Heavy, machinery and tools, mining equipment, power generation plant, railway coaches and locomotives, but also pallets and (big) bags, all mobilised on cassettes, mafi trailers and other rolling equipment and rolled on board via the vessels' heavy duty ramps, whose capacity may go up 250 tons or even more. Hence, the presence of the car carriers in the breakbulk trades is a fact. They may be expected to penetrate further on routes currently covered by the more traditional Ro/Ro ships.


DWT Trade name or PCTC/PCC Operators (Top 10) Operational  Number of 
rank short name full/legal name  head office ships (Jan 2010)





10 ARRC American Roll-on/Roll-off Carrier USA 7
8 CIDO CIDO Shipping (Korea) Co., Ltd. South Korea 23
4 EUKOR  EUKOR Car Carriers Inc. South Korea 76
7 Grimaldi Naples Grimaldi Compagnia di Navigazione SpA Italy 29
6 Hoegh Autoliners  Hoegh Autoliners AS Norway 54
5 â??K" Line "K" Line Car Carrier (RoRo) Services Japan 71
3 MOL MOL (Mitsui OSK Lines) Car Carrier Business Japan 84
1 NYK NYK Line (Roll On/Roll Off division) Japan 99
9 Toyofuji  Toyofuji Shipping Co. Ltd Japan 17
2 WWL Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS Norway 65

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Ports (Millionaires, handling more than 1 million TEU per annum)

In 2010, 97 ports handled more than one million TEU (full and empty, loaded and discharged, including transhipment). Their combined share of the (estimated) world port handled TEU volume made up for around 82%. Among those are 11 ports handling over 10 million TEU: Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Ningbo, Qingdao, Rotterdam, Tianjin, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Singapore.

Ranking Port (Authority) of  Country Region  TEU 2010 TEU 2009 TEU 2008







87 Alexandria; El Dekheila
Egypt East Med 1,332,700 1,277,400 1,259,200
43 Algeciras Spain Southern Spain 2,806,900 3,042,800 3,324,400
14 Antwerp Belgium North Sea 8,468,500 7,309,600 8,663,700
44 Balboa Panama Pacific 2,758,500 2,011,800 2,168,000
46 Bandar Abbas Iran Arabian/Persian Gulf 2,592,500 2,206,500 2,000,200
77 Bangkok Thailand South East Asia 1,500,500 1,334,800 1,366,700
63 Barcelona Spain West Med 1,931,000 1,797,200 2,569,600
23 Bremerhaven Germany North Sea 4,871,300 4,535,800 5,500,700
71 Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate 1,730,800 1,412,000 1,781,100
5 Busan South Korea Yellow Sea 14,180,000 11,954,500 13,420,000
72 Cartagena Colombia Atlantic 1,581,400 1,237,900 1,064,100
97 Caucedo Dominican Republic Caribbean 1,004,900 906,300 736,900
83 Charleston USA East Coast 1,370,400 1,181,400 1,635,500
75 Chennai India East Coast 1,523,000 1,225,000 1,143,000
88 Chittagong Bangladesh Bay of Bengal 1,329,000 1,160,000 1,070,000
28 Colombo Sri Lanka Indian Ocean 4,120,000 3,464,300 3,687,500
42 Colon (Colon, Cristobal, Manzanillo) Panama Atlantic 2,808,500 2,208,800 2,468,500
21 Dalian China North 5,242,000 4,552,000 4,503,000
95 Damietta Egypt East Med 1,049,800 1,263,900 1,210,300
86 Dammam Saudi Arabia Arabian Persian Gulf 1,333,100 1,230,000 1,247,000
9 Dubai UAE Arabian/Persian Gulf 11,600,000 11,124,100 11,827,300
50 Durban South Africa Indian Ocean 2,523,100 2,395,200 2,642,200
34 Felixstowe Great Britain North Sea 3,400,000 3,020,900 3,131,600
94 Freeport (Bahamas) Bahamas   Caribbean 1,081,000 1,680,000 1,702,000
79 Fuzhou China South 1,490,000 1,222,700 1,170,000
70 Genoa Italy West Med 1,758,900 1,533,600 1,766,600
40 Gioia Tauro Italy West Med 2,851,300 2,857,400 3,467,800
7 Guangzhou China South 12,550,000 11,190,000 11,001,000
91 Haifa Israel East Med 1,263,600 1,140,000 1,262,000
15 Hamburg Germany North Sea 7,898,000 7,007,700 9,737,000
29 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam South East Asia 4,110,000 3,560,000 3,430,000
3 Hong Kong China S.A.R. South 23,530,000 20,983,000 24,248,000
68 Houston USA Gulf 1,812,300 1,797,200 1,794,300
67 Inchon South Korea Yellow Sea 1,880,000 1,578,000 1,703,400
49 Istanbul (Ambarli, Haydarpasa)
Turkey East Med 2,540,400 1,840,000 2,240,000
24 Jakarta Indonesia Java 4,610,000 3,810,000 3,984,300
31 Jeddah Saudi Arabia Red Sea 3,830,900 3,090,000 3,325,800
12 Kaoshiung Taiwan Taiwan Strait 9,181,200 8,581,300 9,670,000
84 Karachi Pakistan Arabian Sea 1,370,000 1,400,000 1,251,100
69 Keelung Taiwan East China Sea 1,763,900 1,578,000 2,055,300
39 Khor Fakkan UAE Gulf of Oman 3,022,500 2,750,300 2,501,800
66 Kingston Jamaica Caribbean 1,891,800 1,689,700 1,916,000
47 Kobe Japan Kansai 2,556,300 2,247,000 2,556,300
59 Kwanyang (Gwangyang) South Korea Yellow Sea 2,060,000 1,810,400 1,810,000
90 La Spezia Italy West Med 1,285,200 1,046,100 1,246,100
22 Laem Chabang Thailand South East Asia 5,190,400 4,637,500 5,133,900
92 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain Canary Islands 1,113,300 1,005,800 1,311,800
54 Le Havre France Atlantic 2,358,100 2,240,700 2,488,700
30 Lianyungang China North 3,871,000 3,021,000 2,965,000
18 Long Beach USA West Coast 6,263,500 5,068,000 6,350,100
16 Los Angeles USA West Coast 7,831,900 6,749,000 7,850,000
53 Malta Malta West Med 2,370,700 2,260,000 2,330,000
35 Manila Philippines Luzon 3,369,300 2,877,600 2,977,600
76 Manzanillo Mexico West Coast 1,509,400 1,110,400 1,409,800
56 Melbourne Australia West 2,236,600 2,157,400 2,188,600
96 Mersin Turkey East Med 1,024,200 843,900 854,600
89 Montreal Canada East Coast 1,320,000 1,260,000 1,473,900
48 Nagoya Japan Chubu 2,548,900 2,112,700 2,816,800
81 Nanjing China East 1,400,000 1,212,200 1,160,000
20 New York/New Jersey USA East Coast 5,299,100 4,561,000 5,265,100
25 Nava Sheva India West Coast 4,271,000 4,060,000 3,950,000
6 Ningbo China East 13,144,000 10,503,000 11,226,000
55 Oakland USA West Coast 2,330,200 2,051,000 2,236,200
61 Osaka Japan Kansai 1,980,000 1,843,100 2,242,900
13 Port Kelang  Malaysia West Malaysia 8,900,000 7,300,000 7,973,600
32 Port Said Egypt East Med 3,645,000 3,301,000 3,249,900
17 Port Tanjung Pelepas Malaysia West Malaysia 6,530,000 6,000,000 5,600,000
8 Qingdao China North   12,012,000 10,260,000 10,320,000
82 Quanzhou China South 1,390,000 1,251,200 1,103,800
93 Rizhao China North 1,100,000 708,600 750,000
10 Rotterdam Netherlands North Sea 11,145,800 9,743,300 10,783,800
33 Salalah Oman Arabian Sea 3,485,400 3,490,000 3,068,000
74 San Juan de Puerto Rico USA Puerto Rico 1,525,500 1,673,700 1,684,900
45 Santos Brazil South 2,715,600 2,255,900 2,677,700
41 Savannah USA East Coast 2,826,300 2,356,600 2,616,200
58 Seattle USA West Coast 2,133,500 1,584,500 1,704,500
1 Shanghai China East   29,069,000 25,002,000 28,006,000
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Shenzhen (Chiwan, Shekou, Da Chan, Yantian)

China South 22,509,700 18,250,000 21,400,000
2 Singapore Singapore South East Asia 28,400,000 25,866,400 29,900,000
78 Southampton Great Britain Channel 1,500,300 1,381,000 1,617,000
62 St. Petersburg Russia Baltic 1,931,400 1,340,000 1,970,000
38 Surabaya Indonesia Java 3,030,000 2,426,000 2,213,500
64 Sydney Australia West 1,927,500 1,784,000 1,778,000
80 Tacoma USA West Coast 1,455,500 1,545,900 1,861,400
57 Taicang China East 2,200,000 1,510,000 1,450,000
85 Taichung Taiwan Taiwan Strait 1,357,000 1,194,000 1,239,400
60 Tangier Morocco West Med 2,060,000 1,222,000 921,000
11 Tianjin China North 10,080,000 8,700,000 8,500,000
27 Tokyo Japan Kanto 4,203,000 3,810,800 4,156,000
26 Valencia Spain West Med 4,206,900 3,653,900 3,587,200
51 Vancouver Canada West Coast 2,510,000 2,152,500 2,492,100
65 Virginia Ports USA East Coast 1,900,000 1,745,200 2,083,300
19 Xiamen China South 5,820,000 4,680,000 5,035,000
73 Yantai China North 1,541,000 1,401,100 1,182,600
36 Yingkou China North 3,338,000 2,537,000 2,030,000
37 Yokohama Japan Kanto 3,280,000 2,798,000 3,481,500
52 Zeebrugge Belgium North Sea 2,500,000 2,328,200 2,209,700

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Global Terminal Operators Top 10

Independent Global Terminal Operators (GTO) are defined to be stevedores handling more than 50% third-party business and active on at least two different continents. The 10 largest among them with their (equity-based) 2010 throughputs are the following:


Handlings Trade name or Global Terminal Operators - Top 10 Operational  2010 Throughput
Rank short name full/legal name  Head office TEU (equity-based)





4 APMT APM Terminals  Netherlands 31,500,000
5 Cosco Pacific Cosco Pacific Ltd.   Hong Kong 12,230,000
3 DP World  DP World  UAE 34,500,000
7 EUROGATE  EUROGATE GmbH & Co. KGaA, KG Germany 6,300,000
10 TCB  Grup TCB (Terminales Contenidores de Barcelona)  Spain 2,440,000
2 Hutchison  Hutchison Port Holdings  Hong Kong 37,600,000
8 ICTSI  International Container Terminal Services, Inc. Philippines 4,000,000
9 NYK  NYK (various entities, including Ceres, Nippon CT, Yusen CT) Japan 3,600,000
1 PSA  PSA International  Singapore 55,000,000
6 SSA Marine  SSA Marine (Stevedoring Services of America) USA 7,000,000

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Container Lessors Top 10

Container leasing provides ocean carriers, shippers and in fact any container users with an â??on-tapâ? demand of equipment available for hire without these operators having to take the financial risk of acquiring and owning the same. From a fleet of 5,000 TEU available for hire in 1966 it has increased to over 13 million TEU by mid-2011.

Fleet Trade name or Container Equipment Lessors - Top 10 Operational  January 2011
Rank short name full/legal name  Head office Box fleet (TEU)





6 CAI CAI International, Inc USA 830,000
8 Cronos Cronos Containers Limited USA 660,000
10 Dong Fang Dong Fang International Investment Co. Ltd Hong Kong 410,000
3 Florens Florens Container Corp Hong Kong 1,640,000
5 GESeaCo GE SeaCo Services Limited UK 940,000
9 Gold Containers Gold Container Corporation France 530,000
7 SeaCube SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd USA 819,000
4 TAL TAL International Container Corporation USA 1,380,000
1 Textainer Textainer Group Holdings Limited Bermuda 2,310,000
2 Triton Triton Container International Limited USA 1,750,000


For more insight into the container equipment world of manufacturers, box types, leasing companies and container operators we would recommend our 2008 (but still very relevant) special report "CONTAINERS - Makers, Lessors, Users", which can be found in the Publications section of the website. Akternatively or in addition, we can provide Credit Reports on any and all lessors.

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