Maersk Line

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Maersk Line
Type Private
Industry Container shipping
Founded 1928
Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Area served Worldwide
Key people Soren Skou (CEO)
Revenue US$25.82 billion (2011)
Owners A.P. Moller-Maersk Group.
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 considered the largest container shipping company in the world by revenue and employs approximately 25,000 people.[1][2] Maersk Line operates over 600 vessels and has a capacity of 2.6 million TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units).[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 February 2012):

  • 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