Maersk Line

Maersk Line is the world’s largest container ship operator. Maersk Line is a unit of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and with offices around the world. The group was founded as a shipping company in 1904.

A.P. Moller-Maersk’s container shipping subsidiaries — Maersk Line, Safmarine, MCC-Transport, Seago Line and Mercosul Line — operate nearly 600 vessels with a total capacity of more than 2.6 million TEUs (20-foot-equivalent units). Maersk operates the largest container ships in the world to date, with delivery of its 18,270-TEU Triple E vessels beginning this year with the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller.

Maersk Line has announced plans to join fellow major container lines Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM, in the P3 Network, an alliance that will allow all three carriers to deploy their largest vessels in Asia-Europe trade, while deploying smaller vessels in Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic trade, subject to regulatory approval.

28 Jun 2016
The not-so-unexpected announcement from the Danish container line was made just as ports, marine terminals and container lines are coming closer to creating a system that will use pre-existing weighing processes to alleviate the burden on U.S. exporters.
The Safmarine Meru following the accident. Credit: ZJOL.
11 May 2016
The Maersk Line-operated container ship Safmarine Meru is without power and continues to burn after a collision but has been deemed safe to tow.
09 May 2016
Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou gives his thoughts on how the carrier is adjusting to the changing contract to spot market ratio on the major trades.
Safmarine Meru container ship
08 May 2016
Chinese firefighting vessels work to control fire that forced 22 to abandon ship after collision
04 May 2016
Freight rates at record low levels dragged down Maersk Line's first-quarter net profit.
03 May 2016
Maersk Line is poised to disclose its first-quarter results after a bruising three months.
20 Apr 2016
Container shipping is in a new era of heavily reduced demand, but bright spots and pockets of growth that provide opportunity for the industry remain, according to Robbert Van Trooijen, chief executive of Maersk Line's Asia-Pacific region.
12 Apr 2016
Drayage and inland infrastructure bottlenecks that have long been a drag on growth at state-owned Chennai Port continue to drive up demand for alternative port options on India’s east coast.
07 Apr 2016
Global container lines operating in Russia that were found guilty of collusion in 2012 and 2013 are appealing the controversial decision of Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service that threw a shadow on their image in the country.
07 Apr 2016
Wan Hai Lines surpassed Maersk Line as the world’s most profitable container line in 2015, based on operating margins, according to Alphaliner.
04 Apr 2016
Home to some of the world’s largest economies, North America is a critical source of transportation industry traffic and growth. Maersk Line North America President Mike White sat down with JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett at TPM 2016 to discuss the medium-term prospects of this crucial market.
01 Apr 2016
Maersk Line Asia Pacific Chief Executive Robbert Van Trooijen and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett discuss the international prospects of Chinese manufacturers with a predominantly domestic market, challenges facing the Asia Pacific trade, and 2016’s contract season.