Numerous small and large shipping lines are located in Hamburg. Around 120 German shipping lines are headquartered in the city.
1st Place: Number of shipping lines in one city
Numerous small and large shipping lines are located in Hamburg. Around 120 German shipping lines are headquartered in the city. Furthermore, many foreign lines also have offices here. Thus Hamburg has the highest concentration of shipping lines. All in all, there are about 430 shipping lines in Germany.
1st Place: Number of ships in one homeport
Almost 1500 ships with a total capacity of over 46 million metric tons are registered in Hamburg. That accounts for about half of the German merchant marine.
The German merchant fleet is made up of 3371 ships. All in all, it has a capacity of 70.2 gross register tons.
Of these, about 645 freight and cargo ships sail under the German flag. An additional 2726 German ships sail under foreign flags.
The shipping lines are trying to increase the number of ships under the German flag and have documented this intention in connection with the national maritime conferences. The quota was fulfilled for the second time as of the end of 2008.
1st Place: Number of container ships for one country.
Germany is by far the leading country in terms its fleet of container ships. 1611 container ships are flying the German flag. German container vessels account for 35 percent of the worldwide container fleet.
3rd Place: Number of ships by tonnage
In regard to tonnage, Germany ranks third worldwide. Its share of the world merchant fleet amounts to around nine percent. German merchant shipping was able to grow considerably in recent years.
German customers currently have around 1300 ships on order. Among them are 484 container ships with a total capacity of 2.2 million TEU.