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ZIM Overtakes Yang Ming in Liner Rankings

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ZIM Overtakes Yang Ming in Liner Rankings

Mike Schuler
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April 10, 2024

A substantial newbuilding program along with recent vessel deliveries has propelled Israeli-based ZIM ahead of Taiwan’s Yang Ming in the liner rankings, according to Alphaliner.

ZIM’s fleet capacity now stands at 707,332 TEU, placing it in ninth place in Alphaliner’s rankings of the world’s largest container shipping lines.

Alphaliner notes the difference in fleet capacities between the two carriers was a mere 314 TEU as of April 9, 2024. Meanwhile, ZIM’s fleet consists of 131 ships, compared to Yang Ming’s 94.

Alphaliner’s report noted the significant differences in the composition of the two fleets. ZIM charters 95% of its capacity, accounting for 122 ships, while Yang Ming maintains a balance between chartered vessels (59%, 38 ships) and owned ships (41%, 56 ships).

What sets the two carriers apart is Yang Ming’s restraint in recent years compared to ZIM’s aggressive fleet expansion. ZIM has doubled its capacity over the last three years, from 271,000 TEU in April 2020 to now over 700,000 TEU.

Alphaliner says ZIM’s newbuilding program includes a variety of LNG-powered vessels chartered in from Seaspan, Navios, and MPC. The program also features newbuildings from Seaspan and RCL.

Alphaliner notes that ZIM is negotiating a “tricky ‘transition period'” as its fleet renewal program, which has boosted its rankings, is the same program the company hopes will transform its finances. The company is wagering that its new ships, 28 of which are LNG-powered, will attract environmentally conscious customers and, importantly, reduce unit costs.

However, until 2025, ZIM faces high unit costs due to chartered ships secured at pandemic-era rates.

ZIM has 30 ships up for redelivery this year and another 37 in 2025.

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