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Europe controls the majority of the global container fleet

Acquisitions of competing container lines and ongoing fleet expansions have left a significant amount of control of the global container fleet on European hands. Two shipping companies in particular led this development in the past two decades.

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If Europe has felt it lagged behind Asia in terms of economic growth and prosperity in the business sector, the completely opposite is true when it comes to controlling the global container fleet.

Looking at the development in the past 20 years, European shipowners, and in particular the family-owned container shipping lines in Europe, have gone from lagging behind their Asian competitors to having clear dominance today, shows a review of developments in the past two decades conducted by Seaintelligence.

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