Maersk Line

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Maersk Line
Industry Container shipping
Founded 1928
Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Area served
Key people
Soren Skou (CEO)
Revenue US$26.19 billion (2013)
Owner A.P. Moller-Maersk Group.
Number of employees
25,000 (2012)
Maersk Line ship passing the Statue of Liberty

Maersk Line is the global container division and the largest operating unit of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, a Danish business conglomerate. It is world's secondlargest container shipping company having customers through 374 offices in 116 countries. It employs approximately 7,000 sea farers and approximately 25,000 land-based people.[1][2] Maersk Line operates over 600 vessels and has a capacity of 2.6 million TEU.[3] The company was founded in 1928.[4]


As of July 2011 Maersk Line fleet comprises more than 600 vessels and a number of containers corresponding to more than 3.8 million TEU (Twenty-foot equivalent unit)[5]

In 2006, the largest container ship in the world to date, the E-class vessel Emma Maersk, was delivered to Maersk Line from Odense Steel Shipyard.[6]

Seven other sister ships have since been built, and in 2011, Maersk ordered 20 even larger container ships from Daewoo, the Triple E class, each with a capacity of 18,000 containers. The first of these Triple E Class ships was delivered on June 14, 2013 and was christened with the name Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller after the founder of the Maersk Line.[7]


In 2011-12, Maersk Line cooperated with the US Navy on testing 7-100% algae biofuel on the Maersk Kalmar.[8][9]


On December 19, 2011, it was announced that Søren Skou will take over as CEO of Maersk Line from Eivind Kolding, effective from 16 January 2012.[10][11]

The management board, led by Søren Skou, is responsible for the daily management, and the members are (as of January 2015):

  • Søren Skou, Chief Executive Officer
  • Stephen Richard Schueler, Chief Commercial Officer
  • Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer
  • Jakob Stausholm, Chief Strategy, Finance & Transformation Officer
  • Vincent Clerc, Chief Trade & Marketing Officer
  • Michael Chivers, Head of Human Resources


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  1. ^ "Alphaliner – Top 100 Operated Fleets As Per 25 September 2012". Alphaliner. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Flemming, Emily Hansen (September 25, 2012). "Maersk To Cut Capacity and Raise Rates". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Company Facts and Information". Maersk Line. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "About Us - Milestones". Maersk Line. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ Maersk Line Facts on
  6. ^ "Maersk Line". Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
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  8. ^ Maersk and the Navy Join Hands for Biofuels Testing
  9. ^ Geiver, Luke. [1] BioRefining Magazine, 21 November 2011. Accessed: 13 December 2011.
  10. ^ Bloomberg: "Danske Bank Names Chairman Kolding CEO"
  11. ^ Announcement December 19, 2011: "Søren Skou will take up the position as CEO of Maersk Line"
  12. ^ Management on