Maersk Line

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.

22 Sep 2014
U.S. containerized trade increased 2.6 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2014, with just three carriers — Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Evergreen Line — accounting for 28.4 percent of all trade.
14 Nov 2013
The world’s three largest container lines will likely have a harder time convincing European Union regulators than their Chinese and American counterparts that their proposed vessel-sharing alliance won’t harm competition.
Hanjin Vienna in port
13 Nov 2013
Conventional wisdom and economic logic, it seems, are two ideals shipping lines operating in the world’s largest ocean trade really don’t care to acknowledge. How else to explain Asia-Europe carriers’ attempt to push through steep rate increases amid cargo growth that’s advancing at a snail’s pace, a persistent glut of capacity and increasingly volatile spot pricing — and doing it during the traditionally weak fourth quarter that followed a second consecutive flat peak season?
Maersk Line star
13 Nov 2013
Maersk Line’s third quarter profit rose to $554 million in the third quarter of 2013, from $498 million a year earlier...
Maersk Line ship
11 Nov 2013
The Federal Maritime Commission likely will focus on two key words — “unreasonable” and “likely” — as it determines in the coming weeks whether to allow or block the proposed alliance of the three largest global container lines.
Ships at a terminal
11 Nov 2013
A significant change in the relationship between shipping lines and marine terminal operators is under way, with carriers placing less emphasis on owning and operating their own facilities and more emphasis on reducing costs and preserving capital.
06 Nov 2013
Maersk Line has lifted its congestion surcharge of $150 per 20-foot container imposed earlier on shipments to and from the Port of Nhava Sheva (Jawaharlal Nehru), India.
Wake of a ship
04 Nov 2013
The service schedule for the launch of the P3 Network in May 2014 indicates that its three member carriers intend to maintain or even accelerate vessel speeds.
01 Nov 2013
Major container lines have announced planned rate increases for a variety of trades, as detailed below, slated to take effect in November and December.
Pieces of the P3 puzzle
29 Oct 2013
As shippers obtain more information about how the P3 Network would operate, regulators are pressing the three member carriers to explain how the alliance will affect schedule reliability and competition.
Thumbnail of P3 infographic
28 Oct 2013
The three container lines partnering on the proposed P3 Network last week released details of their proposed alliance to serve the major east-west trades.
28 Oct 2013
The service schedule that the P3 Alliance plans to launch next May indicates that Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM will boost the combined capacity of their services on the trans-Pacific by a significant amount, while the increases will be smaller on the Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean lanes.