The world’s leading container shipping company and a customer-focused leader in reliable, eco-efficient transport

Maersk Line is the world’s largest container shipping company, known for reliable, flexible and eco-efficient services. We provide ocean transportation in all parts of the world. We serve our customers through 306 offices in 114 countries. We employ 7,600 seafarers and 21,600 land-based employees and operate 639 container vessels.

We market our services through the Maersk Line, Safmarine, SeaLand (Intra-Americas), MCC Transport (Intra-Asia) and Seago Line (Intra-Europe) brands.

Maersk Line is part of A.P. Moller – Maersk, an integrated transport & logistics company with multiple brands and a global leader in container shipping and ports. Including a stand-alone Energy division, the company employs roughly 88,000 employees across operations in 130 countries.


Management board

Søren Skou, Chief Executive Officer
Ulf Hahnemann, Chief Human Resources Officer
Vincent Clerc, Chief Commercial Officer
Pierre Danet, Chief Financial Officer
Jakob Stausholm, Chief Finance, Strategy and Transformation Officer
Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer
Caroline Pontoppidan, General Counsel & Head of Corporate Affairs
Adam Banks, Chief Information Officer

Interesting facts
  • Ocean transport costs from Asia to Europe (2015 In USD): A flat-screen TV $2, a pair of sport shoes 11 cents, a T-shirt 4 cents, and a tablet 5 cents.
  • The Triple-E vessels can hold 18,340 twenty-foot containers
  • Maersk Line has an ambitious CO2 target: To reduce 60% in emissions per container by 2020 (2007 baseline)
  • Founded in 1928
  • Corporate office in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 639 vessels with a capacity of 3.3 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit)
  • 59,000 customers worldwide
  • 13.2 million full containers shipped (2016)
  • Cover ports in almost every country in the world
  • 51,000 port calls in 378 ports in 121 countries
  • Offer multiple weekly sailings on all our major trades
  • Strategy: Self-funded, EBIT 5%-points > peers and grow at least with the market
Key Financial Figures
(USD million) 2016 2015
Revenue 20,715 23,729
Reported profit -376
Volume (FFE ‘000) 10,415 9,522
Rate (USD/FFE) 1,795 2,209
Unit Cost (USD/FFE) 1,982 2,288
ROIC (%) -1.9% 6.5%

FFE: Forty-Foot Equivalent Unit


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