Major container carriers opt for foreign flag

The major global container carriers have positioned a majority of their ships under foreign flags, according to a study by analysts SeaIntel.

Photo: Maersk Line

20 percent, or every fifth Maersk Line vessel, is sailing under Danish flag, according to a study performed by SeaIntel on the 20 biggest container carriers' national identities and the flag states they have chosen to use for their ships.

German Hapag-Lloyd is the only one to have a bigger share than Maersk Line - at around 40 percent - of the carrier's combined number of ships sailing under national flag among the EU-based carriers.

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