HMM Enter Worldwide Container Database


The Korean container line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has become the latest carrier to join the BoxTech Global Container Database, which provides access to the data of over 11 million units.

After 2M carriers Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) recently entered, the world’s twelfth largest carrier has also agreed to upload their container fleets to the service.

Operated on a non-profit basis by the Bureau International des Containers (BIC), a long-established and active participant in the development and maintenance of industry standards, this fast-growing database is connecting the shipping community.

Using a standard API, BoxTech’s database gives shippers instant access to the technical characteristics of approximately 45% of the global container fleet, easily navigable from a single interface.

Dr César Ducruet and Justin Berli discuss mapping the globe and the patterns of mega-ships in a recent Port Technology technical paper

Korea is especially well-represented now within the BoxTech Global Container Database, as SM Line, Pan Ocean and CK line have also uploaded their fleets to the service.

Other major carriers, including CMA-CGM and APL, have also registered their fleets, alongside hundreds of smaller owners and operators.

Douglas Owen, Secretary General of BIC, said: “We are thrilled to welcome another of the top carriers to BoxTech, and especially pleased that HMM has joined the 2M carriers on the platform. 

“With each additional carrier, the database becomes more valuable to shippers, depots, terminals, software providers and others wishing to utilize a single API call for container characteristics, or simply to have a single website to obtain container information.”

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