Top 22 international Shipping Companies in the world

Earning money is the main agenda of every business and here is the detailed list of top 22 international shipping companies.

They have achieved the level of success in their particular field because of their business ideas and leadership skills. 

Here we present the top 22 international shipping companies as ranked by Alphraliner.

Ranked by Alphraliner 22 international shipping companies of the world are discussed below.

Alphraliner provides the data by tracking the capacity of word containerships which is based on twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).  Given below is the list of 22 international shipping companies.  A brief company profile is also provided for each of the shipping lines.


The ranking of the below-mentioned shipping companies is based upon Alphraliner’s data released in September 2019. The following list describes the largest cargo shipping companies in the world.




Shipping Companies

TEU: 4,176,517

Founded: 1904

HQ: Copenhagen, Denmark

Revenue: USD 9.6bn

Employees: 76,000

Official website:


The first and the foremost of the 22 shipping companies in the world is A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. It is is one of the largest supply vessel and container operators in the world.

This company was founded in 1904. It has many core subsidiaries. The subsidiaries include Maersk Line, APM Terminals, and Maersk Container industries. These core subsidiaries provide transport and logistics services.

Maersk Supply Services, Maersk Oil, Maersk Drilling, and Maersk Tankers are some of the subsidiaries that serve the energy sector. This company works in 130 countries and ships good of worth $675 billion.

The company has five Maersk Triple E-class container ships. The A.P Moller Maersk group was one the largest company in the world before CSCL Globe that surpassed it in 2013.



Shipping Companies

TEU: 3,657,272
Founded: 1970
HQ: Geneva, Switzerland
Revenue: USD 28.19bn
Employees: >70,000
Official website:

Second of the list of 22 shipping companies is the Mediterranean Shipping Company which is a privately-owned company in the world. It is a global provider of Shipping and Logistics solutions. It was founded in 1970.

This company consists of more than 500 container vessels with a capacity of about 3 million TEU, MSC facilities international trade between the world’s major economies and emerging markets.

This company has 200 trade routes in the world. It stops at 500 ports on these 200 trade routes and delivers dry cargo and reefer cargo.

Moreover, the intermodal transportation services that MSC offers are door to door, factory to consumer, and a combination of transport solutions for the purpose of fulfilling their delivery obligations.

Furthermore, the services of MSC also include over landing transportation logistics. The company maintains a growing portfolio of port terminal investments.



Shipping Companies

TEU: 2,966,582

Founded: 1961

HQ: Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Revenue: RMB 72.5bn

Employees: 130,000

Official website:


China Ocean Shipping Company commonly known as COSCO Group is a government-owned shipping and logistics supplier company of China.

The foundation of this company was laid in 1961. It has different Subsidiaries that include COSCO Shipping Co Ltd, OOCL, Shanghai Pan Asia Shipping, and New Golden Sea and Coheung. COSCO Group has more than 360 dry bulk vessels and 10,000 ships.

The COSCO Group is one of the largest dry bulk carriers and liner carriers in China. It is also the most prominent dry bulk shipping operator in the world.


Shipping companies in the world

TEU: 2,696,710

Founded: 1978

HQ: Marseille, France

Revenue: USD 23.48bn

Employees: 110,000

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CMA CGM Group is one of those shipping companies that offer a wide range of international services. It was founded in 1978.

The CMA CGM Group got its name from the French acronym ‘Maritime Freighting Company – General Maritime Company’. Solutions that this company offers are vessel and container fleet management, freight delivery, cargo cruises, and logistics.

Out of 521 commercial ports of the world, this company serves more than 420 commercial ports.

Furthermore, 509 vessels of this company are operated on more than 200 shipping lines.

CMA CGM Group’s headquarter is in France.

However, it has 755 agencies and 750 warehouses that are present in more than 160 countries in the world. CMA CGM Georg Foster is the largest ship in the company fleet. This largest ship can carry up to 18,000 TEU.


TEU: 1,688,396

Founded: 1970

HQ: Hamburg, Germany

Revenue: EUR 11.5Bn

Employees: 12,900

Official website:

Hapag-Lloyd is one of the international shipping companies in the world which is known as the largest ocean liner in Germany. The foundation of this company was laid in 1970. It has five regional headquarters in Piscataway, Hamburg, Valparaiso, and Singapore. This company is spread over 128 countries in the world with 399 offices.

The total capacity of the company is under 1.7 Million TEU. The company has a container fleet of 237 ships. This company offers 118 liner services throughout the world.

The fleet of Hapag-Lloyd stops at 600 ports on all continents. It provides international trade connections that are fast and reliable. The company is also considered as an ocean carrier for Latin America, Intra-America, Middle-East, and Transatlantic trades.


TEU: 1,579,868

Founded: 2017

HQ: Singapore

Revenue: USD 2.87Bn

Employees: 14,000

Official website:

ONE (Ocean Network Express) is one of those international shipping companies which were founded in 2017. This company started trading in April 2018. Although this company is not old, it has 240 container vessels and 31 container ships.

Each of them has a capacity of 20,000 TEU. Presently, this company contains more than 14,000 reefer containers. The headquarters of this company is located in Singapore.

However, it has a holding office in Tokyo, Japan. The regional headquarters of this company is located in London, Richmond, Hong Kong, and Sao Paulo.

Moreover, ONE has local offices which are established in 90 countries worldwide. These local shipping companies take care of corporate and sales activities.



TEU: 1,303,420

Founded: 1968

HQ: Taiyuan City, Taiwan

Revenue: NTD 124.47bn

Employees: >10,000 employees

Official website:

The Evergreen Marine Corporation is one of the international shipping companies in the world. It is also a container transportation company which is established in Taiwan. It was founded in 1968. This company has different divisions that include Uniglory Marine Corporation, Evergreen UK Ltd, and Italia Marittima S.P.A.

The primary routes of the company are between the Far East and the countries of the Southern Hemisphere. The countries of Southern Hemisphere include the Americas, and northern Europe and the East Mediterranean.

Furthermore, routes between Europe and the east coast of North America, and between Asia and the Middle East are some additional routes. The fleet of this company has over 200 container ships, and it stops at 240 ports worldwide.



TEU: 644,185

Founded: 1972

HQ: Taiwan

Revenue: NTD 141.85Bn

Employees: 5,393

Official website:

Yang Ming Transport Corporation is one of the international shipping companies in the world that were founded in 1972.  Yang Ming provides international shipping and logistics services.

The subsidiaries of the company are Kuang Ming Shipping Corporation, Jing Ming Transport Company, and Logistics Corporation.

The fleet of this company has 101 vessels with a capacity of 7.74 million deadweight tonnage. The fleet has 170 service points in more than 70 countries in the world.

Yang Ming has a logistics unit and container terminals in countries like Taiwan, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United States.



TEU: 393,498

Founded: 1967

HQ: Singapore

Revenue: USD 4.04Bn

Employees: 18,000

Official website:

Pacific International Lines (PIL) is one of those international shipping companies that focus primarily on container shipping. It was found in 1967. The fleet of PIL has 153 ships and serves over 500 locations around the world.

The primary routes of this company are between Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. However, this company also stops in North America, the Black Sea, Australia, New Zealand, and India.

Additionally, the company offers solutions pertaining to container manufacturing, supply chain management, logistics, and ship recycling.


TEU: 392,314

Founded: 1976

HQ: Seoul, South Korea

Revenue: USD 4.6Bn

Employees: 1,592 – 5,000

Official website:

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is one of those international shipping companies which have a fleet of over 130 vessels. It’s headquartered is in Seoul, South Korea.

The company has around 50 sea routes and more than 100 ports throughout the world.  It offers not only international shipping solutions but also customized supply chain solutions for dry, refrigerated, and specialized cargo to its clients.

The company has a shipping fleet and also an international network of terminals, railroads, trucks, and offices that provide integrated and efficient logistics services.


TEU: 282,743

Founded: 1945

HQ: Haifa, Israel

Revenue: USD 3.3Bn

Employees: 4,200

Official website:

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services is one of the largest shipping companies in Israel. It is also a prominent international carrier. The headquarter of this company is located in Haifa, Israel, Norfolk, Virginia, and Hamburg, Germany. This company has 170 offices and representatives throughout the world.


This is one of the shipping companies which were founded in 1945.

The fleet of this company consists of 80 vessels. It serves 180 ports worldwide. The company offers services of dry and reefer cargo shipping and inland transport.




TEU: 265,008

Founded: 1965

HQ: Taipei, Taiwan

Revenue: TWD 71.60Bn

Employees: 3,940

Official website:

Wan Hai Line Ltd is one of the privately-owned shipping companies that provide a great number of solutions.  Headquarter of Wan Hai Lines is in Taipei, Taiwan.

The company offers services that include international shipping and logistics. It also provides port container terminal operations, ship, and container rental services, and ship and container trading. The company is a Taiwan-based carrier with exclusive terminals Keelung, Taichung, and Kaohsiung. 15 of the 20 international routes of Wan Hai stop at major international commercial ports.

The company as a fleet of 72 vessels and 24 chartered vessels. The company also has a shipbuilding contract in place for 20 new ships. After this development, it will be ensured that among the shipping companies, Wan Hai will be on top of the growing demand.


TEU: 152,417

Founded: 1979

HQ: Tehran, Iran

Revenue: USD 26.1Bn (2010)

Employees: 7,000

Official website:

IRISL Group is a national maritime carrier of Iran. The company offers services that include container transport, cargo transportation, ship management, and shipping services in the Caspian Sea. It is one of the international shipping companies that were were founded in 1979.

Moreover, it also serves the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, and the Yellow Sea.

The company has a fleet of 87 ocean-going vessels. Subsidiaries of IRISL Group i-e Khazar Sea Shipping Lines, Multi-Modal Transportation, and Valfajr Shipping Company own an additional fleet of 28 ships.


TEU: 150,751

Founded: 1954

HQ: Seoul, South Korea

Revenue: USD 1.2Bn

Employees: 1,000

Official website:

KMTC is one of the largest container shipping companies that provide shipping solutions in South Korea and has offices in Busan, Incheon, and Ulsan. It offers services of 30 ports in Japan and 16 ports in China.

Furthermore, KMTC owns 22 global networks in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.

The company has a container terminal in the Port of Ulsan. This terminal increases its ability and it carries out efficient container handling and vessel operations.


TEU: 144,406

Founded: 1998

HQ: Quanzhou, People’s Republic of China

Revenue: CNY 8.45Bn

Employees: 1,600

Official website: N/A

Antong Holdings Co Ltd is a China-based company. It offers services that include freight transportation services, logistics, ship management, freight forwarding, and warehousing solutions.

It is one of those shipping companies that mainly operate in the domestic market. They do not operate on international ports and locations.  Antong Holdings was formerly known as Heilongjiang Heihua Co.

It is one of the largest domestic container shipping companies in China. Antong Holdings Co Ltd is a parent group of the Chinese local shipping operator Ansheng Shipping.


TEU: 157,244

Founded: 2010

HQ: Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

Employees: 702

Official website:

A Chinese coastal logistics company, Zhonggu Logistics Corporation focuses on container shipping. Zhonggu Logistics Corporation is one of the international shipping companies that were founded in 2010.

The company contains a fleet of 60 vessels and more than 150,000 standard containers and operates international routes. There are more than 100 major commercial routes where the company stops.


TEU: 76,617

Founded: 2001

HQ: Hong Kong

Revenue: NT$24Bn

Official website:

TS Lines is one of the international shipping companies in the world. It is the world’s 20th biggest liner and the fourth largest ocean freight company in Taiwan.

As this company was formed, it operated chartered vessels. It has a self-owned fleet which the company is expanding currently, and it expects to own 20 vessels within the next five years.

The company has a total of 36 chartered and owned ships today. The basis of TSC Lines’ primary operating model is Freightliner operations. Resultantly, the company operates its container ships keeping in view the scheduled timeframes and routine ports.


TEU: 68,434

Founded: 1996

HQ: Izmir, Turkey

Revenue: USD 1.14Bn

Employees: 7,300

Official website:

Arkas Holding is one of the multi-dimensional shipping companies that operate on several levels.

The operating levels include ship operations, port operations, and logistics services.

There are 23 countries where this company is actively working. It has 59 offices in countries like Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, and Ukraine. Arkas contains a marine fleet with 37 vessels. This fleet is one of the largest fleets of Turkey.


TEU: 60,560

Founded: 2002

HQ: Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Revenue: CNY 77.31Bn

Employees: 36,440


A China-based company, Sinotrans, focuses on freight forwarding. The freight forwarding of the company includes the transportation of the goods to consignees within specific timeframes.

The service also includes shipping agency solutions. The other services segments of the company include logistics segment, storage, and terminal services segment

The storage and terminal service segment include services like warehousing, container yards, freight stations, and terminals services. Moreover, Sinotrans also deals with truck transportation, express services, and shipping transportation.


TEU: 59,030

Founded: 1980

HQ: Bangkok, Thailand

Revenue: THB 14.76Bn

Employees: 750

Official website:

Regional Container Lines (RCL) was founded in 1980. This Thailand-based company carries out international vessel operations.

There is a fleet of container vessels of the company. This fleet calls on destinations in Australia, Asia, and the Middle East. The main business lines of the company are career-owned containers, shipper-owned containers, and value-added logistics services.


TEU: 43,215

Founded: 1982

HQ: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Revenue: USD 25

Official website:

NileDutch was founded in 1982. It is one of those container shipping companies that focus on the connections between West Africa, and the rest of the world. It’s been over thirty years since the company has remained active in the region.

The company has also established a network of agents and offices. This shipping company is familiar with the market of African countries and can have quick responses if there are changes in these countries.


 TEU: 42,381

Founded: 1816

HQ: Hong Kong, London

Employees: 350

Official website:

Swire Shipping was founded in 1816. It is the name of a trade that The China Navigation Company operates for its shipping services.

These shipping services are served in Asia and South Pacific Regions. Other areas include Australia, New Zealand, North America, Europe, The Indian Subcontinent, and the Middle East.

There is a fleet of The Swire Shipping vessels. These vessels carry many cargo types.

The Swire Shipping can carry the goods that include heavy project lifts, and containerized cargoes.



The list is based on the research that we have done through different websites. It’s not our personal assumption, nor primary research. It is based on secondary data.

Other data like revenue, etc are also taken from other websites therefore, it’s approximate data, not the exact one.

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