Germany’s Foremost Base for Shipowners

Hamburg is Germany’s top location for shipowners. More than 120 German shipping companies are based in the Hanseatic City. Almost 1,500 ships displacing over 46 million GRT, or half the German merchant fleet, are operated from here. In addition, numerous foreign shipowners are represented by branches on the Elbe and Alster. The Hanseatic City is also seen as the world’s ship financing capital. More than 20 issuing houses here offer ship funds in the form of limited partner’s shares in ships. These cover around 80 percent of worldwide chartered containership tonnage. Hamburg, moreover, is the base of several banks notable for ship financing. 


    • Logo of a Shipowner
    • Logo of a Shipowner

One of the largest containerships in the World

With a length of almost 400 metres the CSCL Globe is one of the largest containerships in the World. It can carry a total of 19,000 standard container (TEU). In the diagram of the ship you can see, on deck as well as below that containers can be stacked up to ten high in each row. So that the captain has visibility to the front the stacks have less containers the nearer they are to the front. The main engine is in the rear section of the ship. Its dimensions make it the world’s largest engine. With a performance of 56,800 kw it achieves a maximum speed of 20.5 knots.


The 10 biggest shipping lines in the world

  Shipping Company TEU Vessels
1 Maersk 4.194.000 701
2 Mediterranean Shipping Company 3.800.000 556
3 COSCO 2.932.000 482
4 CMA CGM 2.699.000 508
5 Hapag-Lloyd 1.744.000 246
6 ONE (Ocean Network Express) 1.583.000 222
7 Evergreen Line 1.266.000 197
8 Yang Ming 646.000 100
9 PIL 392.000 119
10 Hyundai Merchant Marine 390.000 63

As of January 2020


    • Maersk Elba
    • Maersk Elba