New owners have taken over world container fleet in a turbulent decade for the industry

The decade leading up to 2021 has completely reshuffled who owns the global container fleet and this development was only further exacerbated in the past year during Covid-19. One country in particular lost out. And one specific shipowner stands out as the big winner.

Photo: PR / Hapag-Lloyd

If you say the name NSB Niederelbe in shipping circles only few are likely to think of the world's biggest container shipowner.

But look no further back than ten years, and the German company figured as the dominating supplier of ships for liner companies. Additionally, the list of the 25 largest companies were mostly dominated by German companies.

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