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glimpse of some global shipping companies and the history of each


Shipping methods vary according to the variety of goods to be shipped, and each type of goods has a special shipping method. Shipping methods also differ according to the destination and point of departure, but sea freight is one of the best types of shipping that takes place at the international level, because most countries of the world have sea ports and commercial ports dedicated to import and export operations. Marine freight is also the oldest type, as it has existed since ancient times, and its advantage lies in the ability of ships to carry heavy weights that are usually shipped, which encourages dependence on them to transport goods with heavy weights that it is able to carry, as it enjoys a high degree of safety and acceptable and appropriate costs. Its only drawback is the long time, as the ships take a long time to arrive.

The following is a list of the most famous international transport companies with a glimpse of their history, lines of work and their most important stations:

It is a Taiwanese container transportation and shipping company that is headquartered in Luzhu District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan. Founded in 1968, Its principal trading routes are Far East to North America, Central America and the Caribbean, far east to the Mediterranean and northern Europe, Europe to the east coast of North America, far east to Australia, far east to eastern and southern Africa, East Asia to South America; and an intra Asia service linking ports in East Asia to the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. Evergreen calls on 240 ports worldwide in about 80 countries, and is the fifth largest company of in the shipping industry.

The majority of Evergreen's shipping containers are painted green with the word "Evergreen" placed on the sides in white letters. Uniglory's containers have a similar concept, but those containers are bright orange. Evergreen's refrigerated "reefer" containers have a reverse color scheme (white containers with green lettering).

Founded on the first of September in 1970, is a former Chinese Government owned shipping and logistics services supplier company.

COSCO headquarters is in Ocean Plaza in the Xicheng District in Beijing.

It owns 1114 ships, including 365 dry bulk vessels, a container fleet with a capacity of 1,580,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), and a tanker fleet of 120 vessels.

It ranks among the largest in both number of container ships and aggregate container volume in the world. In 2012, it was among China's top 15 brands. It was the largest dry bulk carrier in China and one of the largest dry bulk shipping operators worldwide. In addition, the Group is the largest liner carrier in China.


It is a French container transportation and shipping company. It is the world’s 3rd largest container shipping company, using 257 shipping routes between 420 ports in 160 countries. Its headquarters are in Marseille, France the name is an acronym of two predecessor companies “Maritime Freighting Company” and “General Maritime Company”.

The company was founded in 1978 by Jacques Saade in France and is headquartered in CMA CGM tour, It is also one of the biggest leading shipping group in the world, calling more than 420 ports in 160 different countries using 275 shipping routes, ranking third as the largest sea freight company in the world.

It is a Danish shipping company, founded in 1904, in Copenhagen and has branches and offices in more than 130 countries and employs more than 83,000 employees around the world and is one of the largest companies operating in the field of containers and shipping in the world. The company adopts the blue color as the main paint color for its merchant ships and containers.

It is one of several companies within the A.P. Molar Maersk group of companies, which contains several fields, including those related to the field of containers or various other fields. Maersk was also classified as the largest marine container line in the world from 1996 until 2021.

It is a publicly-traded family business, as the company is controlled by the namesake Møller family through holding companies. In September 2016, Maersk Group announced that it was splitting into two separate divisions: Transport & Logistics, and Energy, that the company decided to start a new career in.


Yang Ming Shipping Corporation is a Taiwanese shipping company headquartered in Keelung, Taiwan (ROC).

The company was founded in 1972 as a shipping line, but it has historical links through its merger with the China Merchants Steam Navigation Company (1872 - 1995), which dates back to the Qing Dynasty. Yang Ming currently operates 101 container ships amounting to 14,000 and 17 bulk carriers.

As of mid-2019, Yang Ming was operating a fleet of more than 4.2 million tons of operating / operating capacity 643,000 TEUs, of which container ships are the main service force.

Yang Ming Group includes a logistics unit (Yes Logistics. and Zheng Ming Transport.) and container terminals in Taiwan, Belgium, Netherlands and USA, as well as stevedoring services (Kaohsiung Port, Taiwan). Yang Ming's scope of services covers more than 70 countries with more than 170 service points.

The company was founded in 1967, its founder is the Chinese entrepreneur Chang Yun-chung. It is a shipping company established in Singapore. When the company was established in March 1967, it used only two trucks to transport containers, but later expanded significantly to complete its fiftieth year in 2017, celebrating its classification as one of the ten largest shipping companies around the world.

In May 2017, Bell struck a deal with COSCO in a contract in which both companies agreed to provide and exchange shipping containers needed during times of dire need, and recently announced its development of a service group from China to East Africa. Bell customers will now be able to benefit from shorter shipping times through the new route.

It is a Japanese transport company for container transport and freight and one of the largest container shipping operators in the world. It was launched in 2017 as a joint venture between Nippon Yushin Kaisha Corporation, Mitsui Corporation and the Japanese K-Line Corporation, and its combined fleet is approximately 1.4 million units, after the company started its commercial transactions and sales and purchase operations. In September 2017, the company started the field of trading in April 2018 with a main center in Japan, work centers in Singapore, centers in Britain, the United States, Hong Kong and Brazil, and local work centers in more than 90 countries around the world.

The company also recently decided to paint all newly launched ships and containers in a striking color, as they adopted one of the shades of pink called "Magenta" and the color was inspired by the cherry blossom trees, which are one of the national symbols in Japan, where the company's headquarter is. All other ships of this company were also painted with this color.

It is a Swiss-Italian international shipping line founded by Gianluigi Aponte in Italy in 1970 and has a main center in Switzerland since 1978 and the company's ownership is limited to members of the Aponte family, the company operates in all major ports in the world and the company owns containers with a capacity of more than 23700 one Miller, which made it the second largest shipping line in the world in terms of container ship capacity.

As one of the largest and most important international shipping lines in the world, MCS has more than 524 offices in more than 155 countries around the world, and the number of employees is about 100,000 employees. The company operates on more than 215 trade lines and reaches more than 500 ports.

The company also has a division called MSC Cruises that focuses on cruise trips, which means that the company's fleet of ships has the equipment to suit cruise vacation trips.

Hyundai Marine Trading is the world's largest container line in terms of vessel capacity, transporting the bulk of South Korea's exports, becoming the number one national carrier of Korean containers.

The company's network of offices consists of four global centers, 27 branches and 76 local headquarters. On the local market, the company transports strategically important materials such as crude oil, coal and various other products, in addition to importing and exporting goods, and its imports amount to KRW 8 trillion per year.

Along with Habak Lloyd, ONE, and Yang Ming, HMM is a member of THE Association, which provides 34 direct delivery services to 81 different ports.

Hapag-Lloyd is a multinational transportation company based in Germany. It consists of the Hapag Lloyd AG container shipping line, which in turn owns other subsidiaries such as Hapag Lloyd Cruisers. The container transport arm of Hapag Lloyd AG is the fifth largest container carrier in the world in terms of vessel capacity. The company was founded in 1970 by the merger of two German shipping/sea transport companies, the Hamburg America Line dating back to 1847 and North German Lloyd which was formed in 1856. Hapag-Lloyd has seen changes among its shareholders and has also undergone a number of mergers with other companies. For example, Hapag-Lloyd fully acquired TUI AG (Hanover) and became a subsidiary in 1998. This major event was followed by TUI AG selling a majority stake in Hapag-Lloyd to various private investors in Hamburg in 2009 and back in 2012. Other significant events in the company's history include Hapag-Lloyd's acquisition of CP Ships in 2005 as well as the merger of Hapag-Lloyd with the container business Vapor South America in 2014, and United Arab Shipping Company in 2017.

Currently, the company's shares are owned by several public and private investors, with Klaus-Michael Kohn holding the largest stake, followed by South American Vapor.



All the previous global shipping companies have a long history in the field of sea freight and container transport, but you can choose the best company to ship your goods by comparing the advantages and prices and of course taking into account the lines that the company’s ships and tankers operate on, and then you can decide which is the best to transport your goods depending on the previous information.


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