Utilizing VesselsValue knowledge, Olivia Watkins, Head Cargo Analyst, has compiled a listing of the Prime 10 Ship Proudly owning Nations globally and supplied perception behind the motion inside the league desk for the reason that finish of January 2021

The highest ten ship proudly owning nations are seen on the desk beneath:

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China has moved up from 2nd in January to 1st place this time, proudly owning a complete of USD 191 bn in property.

China owns the most important variety of Containers and, consequently, the current surge in charges and values has moved them up the ranks to prime spot when it comes to fleet worth. The rise in charges has additionally prompted an ordering spree throughout the Container sector, as homeowners’ confidence out there exploded. A complete of 516 Containers have been ordered since January 2021, 46% of those orders had been positioned by Chinese language firms together with OOCL, SITC and COSCO Transport.

We’ve seen a big enhance in Bulker charges for the reason that starting of the yr with the Capesize 54-TCA rising from 16,656 USD/Day on the first Jan to a peak of 86,953 USD/Day on the seventh October, a rise of 420%. This has practically doubled the entire worth of China’s Bulker fleet over the previous 10 months from USD 28 bn to USD 53 bn.


Japan has fallen from 1st to 2nd place, proudly owning a complete of USD 187 bn in property. This is a rise of over USD 70 bn since January 2021, highlighting the booming Bulker, LPG, and Automobile Provider markets. Out of the highest 10 nations, Japan owns the best worth LPG fleet at USD 7.4 bn. Earnings and gross sales have induced a rise within the whole fleet worth by USD 1.6 bn since January.

The full worth of Automobile Carriers below Japanese possession quantities to a staggering USD 13.4 bn, a rise of USD 6.1 bn in comparison with earlier within the yr. This enhance has been brought on by the main Japanese firms MOL, NYK Line and Ok Line ordering 26 newbuilds for the reason that starting of the yr. Japanese shipyards have raised their tariffs to USD 100 mil for a twin gasoline LNG, 7,000 CEU Automobile Provider, up a staggering USD 10 mil in comparison with final yr.


Greece has bumped its approach as much as third place within the rankings since January this yr. Their whole worth elevated from USD 93.2 bn firstly of the yr to USD 145 bn. Greece is the most important Tanker proprietor and though earnings have been lingering at file lows, we have now seen will increase to identify charges which have introduced up values for your complete fleet. Newbuilding values, and therefore resale values, have elevated between 20-30% throughout VLCCs, Suezmaxes and Aframaxes for the reason that starting of the yr.

Greece can also be the proprietor of probably the most useful LNG fleet. With present spot charges hovering, the worth of their fleet has elevated by USD 2 bn for the reason that starting of the yr.

Greece’s Bulker fleet has virtually doubled in worth from USD 28 bn to USD 53 bn, because of the excessive charges. The Greeks stay energetic within the S&P market accounting for a couple of quarter of the Bulkers purchased up to now this yr.


The USA has fallen to 4th place since January this yr with a complete of USD 96 bn in property.

USD 56 bn of this comprised of Cruise ships which come as no shock as the most important Cruise firms, Carnival and Royal Caribbean, are each primarily based within the USA. Regardless of the onslaught the trade has skilled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the USA nonetheless maintain their place as the most important world Cruise proprietor regardless of their fleet worth reducing by a complete of USD 7 bn for the reason that starting of the yr.

The US are additionally outstanding homeowners within the RoRo sector proudly owning a complete of USD 2.1 bn, the place the market has seen a rise in worth of USD 1.2 bn from January.


Singapore has remained at fifth place since January this yr with comparable features within the Bulker and Container sector as different nations. Their investments within the Container sector adopted the worldwide surge, rising their fleet worth from USD 10 bn to USD 25 bn.

For the reason that starting of the yr, firms like OM Maritime and X-Press Feeders have capitalised on the roaring market and positioned orders in smaller tonnages comparable to 2,700 and 1,800 TEU Containers.

In secondhand tonnage, one explicit benchmark sale that happened was the RDO Live performance (6,969 TEU, Dec 2009, Hyundai HI) which was offered to OM Maritime from D Oltmann Reederei for USD 110 mil, the best worth paid for a 2009 constructed Put up-Panamax Container since 2007.


Germany has remained in sixth place proudly owning a complete of USD 76.8 bn. A big a part of their fleet has all the time been comprised of Containers and, consequently, the massive Container growth has led to the German fleet’s worth rising by USD 34 bn for the reason that starting of the yr.

Their investments within the Small Dry sector are additionally being rewarded. The full fleet worth has elevated by USD 1 bn since January as charges have elevated via the yr.

South Korea

South Korea moved as much as seventh place since January this yr, overtaking the UK. Their whole fleet worth now stands at USD 58 bn, a rise of 24 bn for the reason that starting of the yr.

South Korea’s investments within the LNG and LPG sectors are lastly paying off with values doubling for the reason that starting of the yr. With LNG costs peaking within the second half of 2021, the fleet values have doubled for South Korea’s fuel sector. Hyundai LNG, Pan Ocean and H Line have ordered 15 Massive LNG carriers this yr, with the newest order at USD 200 mil, a rise of USD 20 mil on newbuild values.

South Korea nonetheless maintains a dominant place as a worldwide seaborne automobile exporter. Main shipowners/operators are Glovis, who’ve expanded the PCTC fleet lately, and Eukor, with 20% of shares owned by Hyundai Glovis and Kia Motors. The excessive quantity of automobile manufacturing and seaborne exports makes South Korea the third largest proprietor of Automobile Carriers.


The UK fell to eighth place proudly owning a complete of USD 54 bn in property. Their whole fleet worth has elevated by USD 15 bn for the reason that starting of the yr with most features seen within the booming Bulker and Container sectors.

The Containership market has been below immense stress over the past yr; COVID-19 associated pent up demand pushing shopper spending, dangerous climate in China and COVID-19 associated terminal lockdowns contributing to excessive port congestion. Nonetheless, we at the moment are seeing world provide chain points and port congestions threatening Christmas deliveries in components of the UK. Felixstowe, one of many UK’s main Container ports, report congestion constructing as a extreme scarcity of truck drivers means Containers are piling up in port storage yards. That is making it more and more tough to unload Containers and re-load empty Containers to be despatched again to Asia. This might trigger charges to extend much more throughout the sector and enhance values additional.

Taiwan, China

Taiwan, China has made a brand new look within the prime 10 rankings as their investments in Bulkers and Containers come to fruition. Their whole fleet worth is USD 47 bn, with USD 32 bn from their Container fleet alone. Firms like TS Traces, Wan Hai Traces and Evergreen have positioned a complete of 107 orders up to now this yr, 1/fifth of the entire orders positioned.


Norway has fallen yet another place to tenth since January this yr, pushed largely by the lower in worth of the Offshore fleet. Quite a lot of Norway’s investments are within the MODU sector, in order oil majors aggressively minimize CAPEX, MODU contracts are terminated, suspended, or delayed. Offshore values throughout all ages and kinds had been affected. Main MODU homeowners comparable to Borr Drilling have had their fleet lose half a billion in worth.

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Revealed: 24 November, 2021