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 is the global container division and the largest operating unit of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, a Danish business conglomerate. It is the world's largest 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] From 2007-2014, and mainly due to slow steaming, Maersk Line reduced its CO2 emissions by 40% or 11 million tonnes, about the same reduction as the rest of Denmark.[10]


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.[11][12]

The management board, led by Søren Skou, is responsible for the daily management, and the members are (as of January 2015):[13]

  • 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. ^ Nielsen, Jakob (6 April 2015). "Maersk vil sejle længere på literen" [Maersk goes further on the gallon]. Politiken. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Bloomberg: "Danske Bank Names Chairman Kolding CEO"
  12. ^ Announcement December 19, 2011: "Søren Skou will take up the position as CEO of Maersk Line"
  13. ^ Management on


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