This page provides you with the unique opportunity to track the current location of all biggest marine cargo ships in the world. And before everything else, watch this impressive YouTube video collection of the world’s largest ships currently in service.
Cargo ships represent a huge category of marine vessel types, including container ships, tankers, bulkers (bulk carriers) and specialty vessels (like ro-ro, livestock, refer, etc).
On each and every cargo ship, main priorities are keeping the crew and cargo safe and protecting the environment. The first LNG-powered containership in the world is Isla Bella (launched on October 16, 2015). Both new LNG-powered container cargo carriers will operate between Florida (US) and Puerto Rico, with departures from Jacksonville and San Juan.
In the 50s-70s period, general cargo vessels and tankers were refitted to carry containers.
The unmanned (drone) technology industry continues to grow and advance – on land, in the air, at sea. Our time’s technology already provides unmanned (remotely controlled) machines serving a variety of tasks, including engine monitoring, various equipment monitoring, controlling from a distance underwater offshore ship operations. COSCO – a Chinese state-owned company with annual TEU capacity of over 864,200 (for comparison 648,160 in 2012). CSCL – a Chinese marine shipping company with annual TEU capacity of over 700,000 (for comparison 553,230 in 2012). OOCL – a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of OOIL (Orient Overseas International Ltd investment company), with annual TEU capacity of over 592,380.
MOL – a Japanese company with ~10,000 employees and annual TEU capacity of over 574,240 (for comparison 434,340 in 2012). UASC – Dubai-based joint venture company (state-owned by UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq), with annual TEU capacity of over 470,400.
Statistics regarding the world’s largest containership fleet (as of March 2016) show that the number of boxships owned by Greek companies is 4092 (DWT tonnage 321 million) or 2% of all.
As of early 2015, there were 5985 container ships in active service, operating on the world’s main marine cargo shipping trade lines. As of 2015, the China’s maritime market undergoes a significant consolidation, which includes not only shipping companies, but also shipyards and cargo ports. In Feb 2016 was announced that COSCO will raise its TEU capacity to over 2 million by the 2018’s end. For the 1st quarter of 2016 was reported that freight shipping rates for container transportation from Asia to Northern Europe plummeted 78% (to USD 271 per TEU, compared to USD 1232 at the 2016’s beginning). Statistical data for 2015 shows that port of Shanghai (China) remains the largest and busiest containership port in the world – with 36,54 million TEUs. The port operator SIPG also reported a 2015 net profit of USD 988,7 million, which was a 4% decline compared to 2014.
Only in December 2015, Shanghai cargo port moved 3,07 million TEUs, which was an 5,9% increase compared to Dec 2014 (2,9 million TEUs). Among the benefits for the allied container shipping lines are cost savings, increased efficiency, lower prices of goods for the consumers, lower freight rates and cheaper services for partners and affiliated businesses. The Maersk company (founded 1928, official website link) is the largest shipping line in the world. As of 2016, APM-Maersk controls around 20% of all containers transported from Asia to Europe.
CMA CGM line (official website link) is the THIRD largest container ship company in the world.
As of 2015, the CMA CGM line owns 83 and operates under charter 380 container cargo vessels. In November 2015, the French companies CMA-CGM and VILAC (wooden toys manufacturer) created a cobranding partnership, launching the world’s first ever wooden container ship toy. The EVERGREEN MARINE shipping company (or simply EVERGREEN, founded 1968, official website link) is a Taiwan-based freight shipping line. This is a corporation conglomerate with many divisions and subsidiary companies, among which are the shipping lines Uniglory Marine (Taiwan), Hatsu Marine (UK), Italia Marittima (Italy).
Note: Besides its owned vessels, the EVERGREEN line also operates container ships under charter (with TEU capacity raging from 8800 to 13800). As of 2015, the EVERGREEN line owns 106 and operates under charter 99 container cargo vessels. In September 2015, EVERGREEN Marine announced its plans to charter 11 new boxships, each with capacity 18000 TEU. The HAPAG LLOYD company is the FIFTH largest container shipping line in the world, with a fleet of over 180 vessels and TEU capacity of 966437.
As of 2015, the HAPAG LLOYD line owns 75 and operates under charter 109 container cargo vessels. In December 2014, Hapag-Lloyd merged with CSAV (Compania Sud Americana de Vapores, Chilean company). On April 21, 2016, Hapag-Lloyd confirmed talks for a merge with UASC (United Arab Shipping Compan). The COSCO company is the China’s biggest and the SIXTH largest container shipping line in the world, with a fleet of over 550 vessels and TEU capacity of 840,000. The CSCL company is currently the SEVENTH largest container shipping line in the world, with a fleet of over 150 vessels and TEU capacity of 600,000. As of 2015, the CSCL line owns 68 and operates under charter 70 container cargo vessels (no new ship orders).
The Auxpac generator set is designed for large container ships with a required auxiliary power from 2500 to 4500 kWe (kilowatts electrical) per generator set. The MOL company is currently the NINTH largest container shipping line in the world, with a diverse fleet of vessels, among which container carriers (total TEU capacity of 614,000), general cargo ships (bulk carriers, LNG carriers, tankers), ro-ro ships, ferries, even a cruise ship (Nippon Maru). As of 2015, the HAMBURG SUD line owns 41 and operates under charter 88 container cargo vessels. In March 2015, Hamburg Sud Group acquired Compania Chilena de Navegacion Interoceanica ((CCNI- Chilean shipping company). The OOCL company is currently the ELEVENTH largest shipping line in the world, with a fleet of over 270 vessels and total TEU of over 553,800 containers.


As of 2015, the APL line owns 50 and operates under charter 40 container cargo vessels (no new ship orders). Note: All vessels marked with * (star) are long-term chartered to and operated by the ship charterer Seaspan Corporation. The UASC company is also among the world’s largest container shipping lines, with a fleet of over 50 vessels (owned and chartered). The NYK shipping line is in the world’s top 20 largest container shipping lines, with a fleet of over 100 container carriers. The rest of the NYK fleet’s cargo container vessels range in capacity from 1613 to 8600 TEUs. Currently, this is the world’s 16th largest shipping company with a total TEU capacity of over 394,000 (which is 2% marine shipping market share). The HYUNDAI shipping line is in the world’s top 20 largest container shipping lines, with a fleet of over 170 vessels. Along with container ships, their list also features crude oil tankers, pipe-laying vessels, cruise ships, yachts and sailing ships.
Our list of largest container ships available for tracking here includes all the newest, most technologically advanced marine cargo vessels in the world, each equipped with the marine vessel industry’s latest innovations.
TEU is a cargo capacity unit used to describe the container ship capacity and also the capacity of container port terminals.
So, the world’s largest container ship MSC Oscar (2015) TEU capacity 19224 means the vessel can carry up to 19224 standard containers. Isla Bella and a second sister-ship (currently under construction) were ordered in December 2012.
The green contanership Isla Bella, as reduced air-pollution, is the equivalent of removing from the road of over 15700 automobiles.
Next photo is of the biggest ship in the world today (as GT weight) CSCL Globe (click to enlarge).
For example, reducing the cruising speed from 16 to 11 knots (18 to 13 mph, or 30 to 20 kmh) reduces fuel consumption by 50%. It replaces the threat of crew being held hostage by pirates, no risks of staff injuries or deaths.
The leader in this new field is the Rolls-Royce company with its maritime division (marine engineering and technology) designs.
Still, the sad question remains – how will our society react when the robots take hold and drive millions out of work?
The number includes also 347 ships on order (based on 2016 data from shipbuilding yards around the world). These vessels were with combined TEU (containers capacity) 19,356,387 (compared to 2012’s TEU of 15,899,687), and combined TDW (displacement) 243,145,464. This is the world’s 4th largest container shipping line (by TEU capacity) headquartered in Shanghai China. As Chinese shipping companies operate container shipping services mainly on Asia-Africa and China-Southeast Asia routes, the competition will focus on bigger capacity shipping routes like Asia-Europe and Asia-America. These historical low rates combined with the increasing TEU capacity could result in over USD 6 billion global shipping industry losses. Northwest Passage is a sea route through the Arctic Ocean (along North America’s northern coastline). Its combined container fleet is nearly 5 million TEU, with revenue earning assets of USD 8,7 billion.
This data was released by the port operator SIPG company (Shanghai International Port Group Co). This lucrative business is largely controlled by 15 companies, the majority of them being European and Asian. It includes the shipping lines APM-Maersk and MSC. This proposed alliance was officially rejected by China.
CMA CGM and COSCO are leading efforts to set up a new container shipping partnership, also seeking to rope-in the lines Evergreen and OOCL. Current MAERSK new ship orders are 15 (TEU 138600, or 4,7% of the existing fleet’s capacity). This is an integrated control and monitoring system covering the vessel’s navigation, automation, power plant and propulsion. It consists of 2 drives and 2 induction motors (instead of synchronous motors) plus power management system.
Current MSC new ship orders are 58 (TEU 730896, or 28,7% of the existing fleet’s capacity). The CMA CGM company operates on 170 itinerary routes between 400 ports in 150 different countries, with combined TEU of 1,750,000. Current CMA CGM new ship orders are 36 (TEU 370796, or 21,4% of the existing fleet’s capacity). In the above list, all the 10 (13800 TEU) boxships are operated under 5-years charter from the Greek shipowner Enesel SA. Current EVERGREEN new ship orders are 23 (TEU 355016, or 36,2% of the existing fleet’s capacity). Current HAPAG LLOYD new ship orders are 7 (TEU 71148, or 7,4% of the existing fleet’s capacity).
Hapag-Lloyd’s current major owners are CSAV (31%), Hamburg-based investment holding (21%), Klaus Michael Kuehne (20%).
Current COSCO new ship orders are 10 (TEU 119500, or 14,5% of the existing fleet’s capacity). The engine features powerful output, compact design, great power-to-space ratio, outstanding performances.
The company produces large, medium-speed (4-stroke) marine diesel engines and also dual-fuel engines. Current HANJIN new ship orders are 4 (TEU 36120, or 5,7% of the existing fleet’s capacity). The contract (signed in March 2015) set the SHI’s record for the world’s largest container ships order.


Current MOL new ship orders are 10 (TEU 160940, or 26,2% of the existing fleet’s capacity). Current HAMBURG SUD new ship orders are 5 (TEU 49560, or 8,2% of the existing fleet’s capacity). The Sud company reported a shipment volume growth of 21,5% (over 2014) to 4,101 million TEUs. The previous record was set by SHI in March 2015 with the four 20150 TEU container ships order from the MOL shipping company. Still, most of the APL line’s operations are in the Pacific Ocean region (marine shipping services between Asia and USA).
The newest UASC vessels are famous for they capability to be powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas).
Current UASC new ship orders are 13 (TEU 213944, or 52,5% of the existing fleet’s capacity).
The NYK Line company is also owner of trains, planes, trucks, along with a large fleet of different types of cargo ships, among which LNG-, bulk-, woodchip, reefer- and car carriers, tankers, cruise passenger ships.
Current NYK new ship orders are 8 (TEU 112000, or 22,9% of the existing fleet’s capacity). These new-generation containers are more energy-efficient and reliable in comparison to the older equipment. This container line company operates a huge fleet of both owned and chartered vessels, among which large-capacity cargo ships (container carriers, dry bulk carriers, LNG carriers, tankers, RORO ships).
The biggest of them are the 2014-built company-owned ships and the 2012-built controlled ships (operated under long-term charter from the shipowner Danaos Corporation). Danaos Corp (one of the largest shipowners on the global container ship chartering market) has a fleet of over 60 vessels raging in TEU capacity from 2200 up to 13100. Just like our cruise vessel tracking, this is free of charge service based on real-time AIS data provided by VesselFinder. At the top of the ship’s crew hierarchy is the Captain, followed by the Chief Officer and the Chief Engineer. It denotes larger vessels, among which are supertankers, battleships, the largest cargo ships and the biggest cruise ships today. Conditions on land, on the other hand, are preferred, meaning its way more easy to find and retain qualified and competent staff to work ashore. The below schematics show three types of cargo ships with no crew compartments and bridge structures. Currently, COSCO owns 1,58 million TEUs ranking the line 4th largest on the world’s container shipping market. In 2014, the icebreaking bulk carrier was the first cargo ship that made an unescorted voyage on that route.
This impressive number of processed containers is a 3,5% improvement from 2014 (35,29 million TEUs). This technology provides excess power on demand, in the same time reducing fuel consumption. The CMA CGM shipping line’s main headquarters are in France (Marseille), while its North American headquarters are in the USA (Norfolk VA).
The deal is CMA CGM to buy off the stocks of the NOL’s largest shareholder Temasek Holdings (65% of all shares), eventually leading to an offer for the whole NOL company. TRAXENS collects in real time data about the TEU’s location, temperature and humidity, vibrations, any impacts or attempted unauthorized openings, customs clearance, etc. COSCO Group owns 7 stock exchange listed companies and 300+ subsidiary companies in China and abroad.
The Wartsila engines delivery to the shipbuilding yard will start in the 2017’s first half.
SHI renewed this record just a month later, signing in April 2015 the contract with OOCL for building six 21100 TEU ships.
The company has around 5400 employees, and also owns the shipping lines Alianca (Brazil) and Ybarra Sud (Spain). Beside the marine cargo shipping services, via fully-owned subsidiary companies its business also includes logistics and container terminals in Asia (Taiwan), Europe (Belgium, Holland) and the USA. The NYK Line started its business as mainly a passenger carrier, but expanded as cargo carrier since the late 1960s, starting with the first Japanese container ship (named Hakone Maru) in 1968.
Such standard-sized unit (metal box, actually) can be easily transported on different types of vessels (ships, also on trains and trucks). Its fleet has 620+ vessels. There is a possibility UASC also to join THE Alliance thus increasing its overall capacity to over 4 million TEUs. The company employs ~7000 seafarers plus ~25000 land-based staff. Maersk container ships are over 600 now, with a total TEU capacity of 3,8 million. The shipping market’s charter rates (per day) for cargo vessels of this size and capacity are between US$50-65 thousand. On April 29, 2016, CMA CGM announced it has received the European Commission’s approval for the deal.
The company’s business includes freight services, ship building and repairs, cargo terminal operations, containers manufacturing, also trade and finance, real estates, information technology.
In 1989, the NYK company entered the cruise shipping business via the newly formed Crystal Cruises line (NYK’s subsidiary company). The equipment also includes a shaft generator motor (positioned between the propeller and the main engine) acting as either generator or booster.
The reefers (refrigerated containers) are painted white (with blue lettering and the red-white flag in between). Operating on the Japanese market only, in 2006 she was replaced by the bigger MS Asuka II (former Crystal Harmony).
The GE’s power conversion equipment will be installed during the vessels construction at the DSME shipyard in South Korea. This design allows each of them to dock easily in smaller and shallower container terminals in numerous Southeast Asian cargo ports.



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