Maersk Line is the core liner shipping activity of the
A.P. Moller - Maersk Group, and the leading container shipping company
in the world. The Maersk Line fleet, consisting of more than 500 container vessels
and 1,900,000 container units, ensures a reliable and comprehensive coverage
The extensive network of feeder vessels, trucks and dedicated trains allows for
a unique concept of door-to-door service.
Advanced ecommerce solutions assure customers of round-the-clock access
to accurate, online information on the position of any given container,
anywhere in the world. Maersk Line serves customers through a network of
its own offices and third party agents, in more than 125 countries,
ensuring consistent, high-quality service worldwide.
More than 325 offices in over 125 countries
More than 16,000 employees worldwide
Eivind Kolding, Partner, member of the Executive Board, and
CEO of the container business, of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group
History of Maersk Line
At the age of 28, Arnold Peter Møller, together with his father,
Captain Peter Mærsk Møller, established A/S Dampskibsselskabet
Svendborg (the Steamship Company Svendborg) and bought a
second-hand vessel, which was renamed SVENDBORG MÆRSK.
Eight years later Arnold Peter Møller founded Dampskibsselskabet
af 1912 A/S (the Steamship Company of 1912).
While the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group is partly named after its
founder A.P. Møller, the Mærsk name originates from
Mr A.P. Møller’s grandmother, Kiersten Pedersdatter Mærsk.
In 2003 the two shipping lines, A/S Dampskibsselskabet
Svendborg and Dampskibsselskabet af 1912 A/S, merged to
form A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S.
During the first hundred years the two shipping lines grew and
evolved into the biggest shipping line in the world. Over the last
twenty years, A.P. Moller - Maersk has acquired several shipping
lines and related activities. When the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group
acquired P&O Nedlloyd in 2005, the core liner shipping activity
changed its name from Maersk Sealand to Maersk Line, the
orginal name of the first liner service operating between the
USA and Asia.
The first Maersk liner service was started between
the USA and Asia
Maersk Line participated in setting up the
Ocean-borne container transport was introduced
with the shipment of a Sea-Land container aboard
the IDEAL X from Port Newark, New Jersey, to
Sea-Land’s FAIRLAND undertook the first international
shipment of containers
Maersk Line concentrated on building up the
container line organisation
Nine new container vessels made up Maersk’s first
vessel on a fully containerised route
A.P. Moller took over the liner routes, liner vessels,
containers and parts of the activities and organisation
of the East Asiatic Company
SOVEREIGN MÆRSK was named. It was the world’s
largest container vessel at the time
Safmarine Container Lines (SCL) was acquired.
Safmarine’s network, covering a total of ten trades,
fully complemented Maersk Line’s existing network
TORM Lines, the liner division of A/S
Dampskibsselskabet TORM, was acquired.
A.P. Moller took over all activities in Royal P&O
Nedlloyd N.V. with 13,000 employees in 146 countries,
operating 156 container vessels with regular calls
in 99 countries. Maersk Sealand changed its name
back to Maersk Line in 2006.
Maersk Line took delivery of m.s. EMMA MÆRSK,
one of the most environmentally friendly container
vessels built to date.
At 397 metres long and a capacity of 14,770 TEU,
EMMA MÆRSK and her seven sisters are still the
world’s largest container vessels
A.P. Moller - Maersk gains the certification as
Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) by the
European Union as one of the first in the industry
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