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.

Stern of Maersk vessel
16 Apr 2014
Is Maersk Line, the world’s largest ocean carrier, showing that the age-old demons of container shipping — overcapacity, volatile spot rates and commoditized service — can finally be slain?
MSC container ship at the Port of Antwerp
01 Jul 2013
The planned alliance between Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM poses a major challenge for ports and container terminals in Europe, the U.S. and Asia serving the carriers’ pooled network of 255 ships on 29 service loops, according to shipping consultant Drewry.
23 Jun 2013
Geoje Island in South Korea is an unlikely catalyst for major changes in how global trade is conducted. Tourists flock to its rolling tree-clad mounts to hike through the spring blossoms. But nestled among the hills in Ogpo Bay sits one of the world’s largest shipyards.
21 Jun 2013
Ports could face a logistical nightmare when Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM next year flood the U.S. East and West coasts with big containerships as part of their new P3 Network alliance, but Long Beach and Los Angeles are taking the news in stride.
19 Jun 2013
Freightliner, the United Kingdom’s second largest rail freight operator, today announced its acquisition of ERS Railways, the pan-European intermodal rail company, from ocean carrier Maersk Line.
P3 Network fleet comparisons
19 Jun 2013
The P3 Network announced between Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM will bring together portions of the three largest global container ship fleets. The alliance, which is planned for the second quarter of 2014, will enable the three carriers to deploy their largest vessels in the Asia-Europe trade and cascade slightly smaller ships into the trans-Pacific and the trans-Atlantic lanes. This infographic gives a look at how the partners' fleets - both individually and as contributed to the alliance - measure up against the global fleet.
Maersk Line container ship
18 Jun 2013
The P3 Network announced today between Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM will have little or no impact on the glut of vessel capacity that has been depressing global freight rates, but will enable the world’s three largest container lines to substantially cut their operating costs on the Asia-Europe, trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trades.
CMA CGM container. CMA CGM is one of the three carriers joining the P3 Network.
18 Jun 2013
CMA CGM, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have agreed to establish a long-term operational alliance on East–West trades.
14 Jun 2013
A.P. Moller-Maersk will pay about $100 million less than expected for its 20 Triple E vessels ordered from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, The Economic Times reports.
13 Jun 2013
Maersk Line will increase rates in its trade from the Middle East and Indian subcontinent to the U.S. and Canada, effective July 3.
12 Jun 2013
Maersk Line will boost rates in its trade from the Far East, excluding Japan, to the Mediterranean, starting July 1.
10 Jun 2013
Ocean carrier efforts to shed surplus 8,000 20-foot-equivalent unit ships by dumping them in the Asia-east coast South Am