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2019 its focus on liner cargo and the logistics of de- emerging. Three years on, the expanded Cos-

TABLE 2 livering boxes, the listed company has recently co completed another merger, acquiring Ori- divested investments in Danish supermarkets, ent Overseas Container Line (OOCL). Unlike


Danske Bank, Maersk Oil, its tanker division, other mergers, the well-known OOCL brand

Source: VesselsValue and, most recently, Maersk Drilling. It has has remained; after a protracted sales process, added to its liner girth the old-fashioned way – the OOCL container terminal in Long Beach, by acquiring other companies that add value to California has been sold to an investor group

TANKERS its network. In early 2018, it completed its ac- assembled by Macquarie Infrastructure Part- quisition of Hamburg Sud and its North/South ners, subject to a divestment agreement with

Top Global Tanker Owners by Number of Vessels route system that complemented Maersk’s the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Company # Vessels DWT (m)

East/West line-haul routes. Most recently, Cosco has been circling around

Ocean Tankers Pte 140 8.59

Its liner business is at the top of the charts by Paci? c International Lines (PIL), based in Sin-

COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation 140 21.82

Maersk Tankers AS 91 4.67 any measure, as it becomes a container logis- gapore (with a presence having synergies with

Stolt Tankers 88 2.12 tics specialist. For now, it has temporized on China’s Belt and Road initiative), having taken

Sovcom? ot 84 8.09 orders of line-haul megaships (with its second a stake in PIL’s container manufacturing arm tranche of Triple E vessels having a capac- last year. ity exceeding 20,000 TEUs). In early 2019, The quest for integration, when it comes to

Top Global Tanker Owners by DWT

Maersk announced that it would be charter- logistics, is not unique to Maersk or Cosco,

Company # Vessels DWT (m) ing in a dozen 2,200 TEU feeder vessels from with rival CMA CGM also integrating a lo-

COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation 140 21.82 third party lessors as it builds out its intra-Asia gistics provider (CEVA) into its fold. Earlier

Euronav 67 16.78 service. At the same time it was integrating its in 2019, MSC attained a majority investment

China VLCC 53 16.38 logistics offering, with Damco (previously a stake in Terminal Investment Ltd. (an infra-

Maran Tankers 58 15.52 standalone company in the Maersk group) be- structure fund originally set up by MSC, with

Bahri 50 14.28 ing integrated into the liner shipping business. growth fueled by ? nancial investors along

Its APM Terminals division is seeing a simi- the way). On the vessel side, CMA CGM is lar integration and plans to work much more also noteworthy with its commitment to LNG

BULKERS closely with the core liner shipping business. propulsion, with nine 22,000 TEU giants un-

The Maersk product tanker business spun der construction in a group of Chinese yards.

Top Global Bulker Owners by Number of Vessels off into a separate entity, but with shares in MSC, second to Maersk in the league tables, is

Company # Vessels DWT (m) the hands of the non-listed A.P. Møller Hold- also building 22,000 TEU vessels with nearly a

COSCO Shipping Bulk 285 32.85 ing A/S along with Mitsui & Co Ltd. While the dozen on order from yards in South Korea (see

Paci? c Basin Shipping 113 4.51 league tables show 91 vessels, the controlled Table 2, to the left).

Wisdom Marine Lines 109 6.35 ? eet, including vessels held in the holding On the container side, another view can be

Oldendorff Carriers 104 10.97 company, totals more than 160 vessels, includ- seen from Alphaliner, which publishes a “Top

Star Bulk Carriers 96 10.42 ing vessels chartered in, and under manage- 100” list of containership lines, providing a ment. ranking of overall TEU capacity, but broken

Top Global Bulker Owners by Number of Vessels

State-owned Cosco has also pursued growth down by owned versus in-chartered vessels.

Company # Vessels DWT (m) through mergers, some bringing sheer heft, Not surprisingly, the total controlled capacity

COSCO Shipping Bulk 285 32.85 and others aimed more at strategic niches. In here tracks very closely with that from owned

Polaris Shipping 49 13.78 late 2015, Cosco Ocean Shipping merged with vessels.

Berge Bulk 62 12.43

China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), with Large commercially controlled ? eets are

Pan Ocean 75 11.35 a new entity, China Cosco Shipping Corp., not always “owned.” Bulk shipping’s eco-

Oldendorff Carriers 104 10.97


Top Global Containership Owners by Number of Vessels

Company # Vessels TEU (m)

Moller Maersk AS 236 1.9

MSC 210 1.5

COSCO Shipping Lines Co. 190 1.54

CMA CGM 124 1.16

Evergreen Marine Corp. 118 .7

Top Global Containership Owners by

Company # Vessels TEU (m)

Moller Maersk AS 236 1.9

COSCO Shipping Lines Co. 190 1.54

MSC 210 1.5

CMA CGM 124 1.16

Hapag Lloyd 107 1.01

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