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 11 Sep 2007 20:18 UTCTue 11 Sep 2007 - 8:18 pm UTC 

Looking for global market information on the shipping container industry:
types of containers (cargo, reefer, flat racks
types of materials - steel, used insulation mtls
types of container floors (by type of wood, steel, plastic)

market size, growth rate, trends, etc
Key/ leading container suppliers
Key/ leading conatiner flooring suppliers
Container owners
Key shippers
Key terminals/ ports globally




 13 Sep 2007 09:10 UTCThu 13 Sep 2007 - 9:10 am UTC 

I found a very good 2006 report with data on the growth of the container shipping industry over the past decade. I also found a couple of older overview reports on the container shipping industry. (I can give you links to some fee-based reports and forecasts with more current dollar figures, but the free 2006 report is very helpful.)

I've also found rankings for the world's busiest, largest container shipping ports/terminals and the largest port and terminal owners. And I can supply you with information on the leading container shipping lines, container suppliers, and standard liners. I also learned of a container shipping industry conference you can stream next week.

However, I can't find free information on market size or sales of types of standardized containers (called Isotainers OR ISOs) in the container shipping industry. 99% of the containers used for ocean transport are 20 ft and 40 ft metal containers, and about 40% of containers are leased by container shipping lines. (I did find a fee-based report on the leasing market for containers.)

Will this information be sufficient?

Best regards,





 13 Sep 2007 13:48 UTCThu 13 Sep 2007 - 1:48 pm UTC 


please give me all of the free info you found and any links to the fee-based stuff. that will be sufficient. if you find more or other stuff to add later that would be great but i could use this for now





 13 Sep 2007 15:10 UTCThu 13 Sep 2007 - 3:10 pm UTC 

OK, here goes. I'll try to find some info on shipbuilding re: leading container flooring suppliers for cargo/container vessels (did I understand that question correctly?), but I'm not sure there's any sort of breakout for that, at least in free resources.


Financial Data

As of 2004, the container shipping industry spent $180 billion on operations:

"Everything You Wanted To Know About Shipping And Were Afraid To Ask," at Seeking Alpha:

"Danaos Corporation (DAC) filed for a NYSE IPO . . . [a]s part of the prospectus they included an exceptionally thorough analysis of the international shipping industry."

Scroll down to the "Container Shipping Market":

"As of September 1, 2006 . . . the total container capable fleet capacity stood at almost 11.0 million TEU [Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit shipping container]. . ."
" . . . Growth in the liner shipping market has been relatively rapid in comparison with other major shipping sectors such as tankers and bulk carriers. In terms of loaded containers moved from origin to destination, estimated global container trade increased from 50.8 million TEU in 1997 to 105.2 million TEU in 2005, a compound average annual growth rate4 of 9.5%. In the last three years demand for container shipping has accelerated strongly, with estimated growth in world container trade reaching 11.6% in 2003, 13.4% in 2004 and 10.1% in 2005.  .."

" . . . The "mainlane" container trades on the major East-West routes are the world's largest in terms of volume, with the Transpacific forming the world's largest container trade, with 17% of the total volume in 2005, followed by the Far East-Europe trade and the Transatlantic. . . "

You'll also see a chart detailing container shipping trade and growth from 1997 to 2005.

Danaos's (2006) report, "THE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING INDUSTRY," begins on page 70 of its prospectus:

 "The world deep sea cargo ship fleet comprises approximately 24,000 ships with a total capacity of approximately 940 million dwt [deadweight tonnage]."

"The Containership Charter and Sale & Purchase Market

"As of September 1, 2006, it is estimated that 2,029 out of 3,848 fully cellular containerships in the global fleet were owned by charter owners. The share of total capacity operated by the top 10 liner companies which was chartered-in increased from about 15% at the beginning of 1993 to approximately 50% at the beginning of August 2006 . . . In terms of charter hire revenue, the containership charter market amounted to an estimated total value of $13.9 billion in 2004, and an estimated $17.8 billion in 2005, based on prevailing time charter rate levels."

From the World Shipping Council:

"The combined value of U.S. exports and imports of goods in 2004 was approximately $2.23 trillion dollars.

"Of that amount, approximately $948.7 billion was international waterborne trade arriving at or departing from U.S. ports. And $521.4 billion, or 55% of that, was containerized cargo carried on liner vessels. That averages out to almost $1.43 billion worth of containerized goods moving through U.S. ports each day. . ."

For information on general trends and dollar amounts, also see IBM's report: "Setting a new course in the container shipping industry":


Partial Listing (can't find a full report for free):




Its port of call is Norfolk:

Accounts for 33% of U.S. container shipping market:

China COSCO:

Directory of container cargo shippers:

Directory from Freight World:

Leading container shipping lines as of 2004, from IBM:

The report "Global Shipping Leaders 2007" is available for purchase at Transport Intelligence:


From Wikipedia: "World's Busiest Container Ports" as of 2005:'s_busiest_container_ports

2004 report "Container Shipping And Ports: An Overview, THEO E. NOTTEBOOM*
Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA), University of Antwerp," from National Review of Economics:
(Starting on page 13)

According to Shipping News, July 2007, Singapore and Shenzhen are the now the busiest container ports in the world:


P& O Ports: owns "29 container terminals and logistics operations in over 100 ports it has a presence in 19 countries.",1,36_31151:36_32101&_dad=pogprtl&_schema=pogprtl

P&O Port Locations:,1,36_31159:36_34057&_dad=pogprtl&_schema=POGPRTL

Financial data about P&O is here:,1,36_31171&_dad=pogprtl&_schema=POGPRTL

"APM Terminals, one of the world’s largest operators of container terminals, with more than 45 container terminals spanning 28 countries and five continents, is based in the Hague, Netherlands. APM Terminals North America is the U.S. component of APM Terminals and is part of the Maersk Inc. group of companies. Operating a total of 13 terminals on both coasts, APM Terminals is the largest terminal operating company in North America and has over 30 years’ experience providing shipping lines with the efficient operation and management of container terminals. These activities include dedicated facility management, stevedoring, and terminal design and development."


From Container Shipping:
See Equipment Suppliers:

Direct Industry:


The industry uses standardized containers (called Isotainers OR ISOs).

Shipping Containers Industry Overview

"Transport containers are basically of two types, 20 ft long closed metal boxes and 40 ft long closed metal boxes, which together account for around 99% of the total containers in existence. These containers have become the standard format for moving goods internationally where a sea leg is involved and are increasingly used solely for road and rail legs."


Passage Backup, a container sales and repair service, has information on the main types of liners in use:

"Main line operators (hereafter they will be called MLO) are the shipping liners that ply the international sea route. The types of containers that are owned by the MLO's are as below:






Coastal line operators:

Coastal line operators (hereafter they will be called CSO) are the shipping liner that ply the coastal waters (example: from port klang to sabah, sarawak, kuantan and etc.) sea route. The types of containers that are owned by the CSO's are as below:




Wikipedia's page on "Containerization" discusses types of containers and for which purposes which containers are most appropriate. This entry also lists the world's top ten leading container companies:

I can't find any information on container ship flooring. You may want to post that as a separate question. That's really more a shipbuilding industry question, but I'm not sure there's any readily available data on that.

For information on market forecasts and recent demand trends for containers, you'll have to purchase a fee-based report.

"Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing Industry Group in the U.S. and its Foreign Trade (1997-2009)" at

"Container Leasing: Seeking out the Opportunities" (40% of containers used by shipping lines are leased):
"Annual Container Market Review and Forecast 2006/07":

"Market Report: The Container, Packaging, & Shipping Materials Industry".

Annual Reefers Shipping Market Review:

Finally, you may also be interested in a conference on the container shipping industry that you can listen to online:

"Analyst Panel Discussion on the Container Sector; Tuesday, September 18, 2007 -- 11:00 am EDT -- 4:00 pm London Time"

I hope this is of help to you!





 15 Sep 2007 03:17 UTCSat 15 Sep 2007 - 3:17 am UTC 

Hi Blucken,

I did go back and search for more of your subtopics. Here's the additional information I found:

Cargo and Container Shipping Manufacturers and Suppliers

Ship Technology

Besides the categories listed at that homepage, you can search for subtopics here. For instance, use the site's search engine (at top right) and type in a search word or string. For instance, "floor OR flooring" (without quotation marks!), will bring up a listing of marine flooring manufacturers and suppliers.

There's also a page for shipbuilding suppliers:

Here's a list of cargo/container ships:

You can click on the name of each ship to bring up specs. For instance, clicking on "Geeststroom and Geestdijk Containerships," brings up this profile:

Some of the site's white papers may also be of interest to you:

More information about leading container ship builders and ship owners:

ISO container suppliers can be found at GlobalSpec, but you'll have to register:

Also of interest:

"Container Ship Focus 2007" from Lloyd's (Very comprehensive report)

Engineering News has some information on container ship building

2007 Intermodal Container Convention





 31 Oct 2007 18:05 UTCWed 31 Oct 2007 - 6:05 pm UTC 

great job


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