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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Maersk Enhances Asia-Europe, Transpacific services

AE7 WESTBOUND Maersk

Maersk Line introduces a new service – the AE7 – on the Asia-North Europe trade and a new service – the TP16 – on the Transpacific trade. The new services will enable MSC and Maersk Line to accommodate the incoming volumes from the recently announced slot purchase agreements with Hyundai Merchant Marine and Hamburg Süd. The two carriers will move cargo, but not operate vessels in the 2M network. “With these exciting product improvements we confirm our commitment to provide extensive direct coverage and best in class transit times to our customers in the Asia-Europe and Transpacific trades…

Maersk Line posts $376 mln Loss

Courtesy Maersk Line

Maersk Line reported a 2016 result that is USD 1,679 million lower than the 2015 result (USD 1,303 million). The overriding reason for the loss is a 19% decline in freight rates compared to 2015. Revenue was USD 20.7 billion, which is 13% lower than 2015 (USD 23.7bn). Volumes were 9.4% higher as Maersk Line was able to win a significant market share. All trades contributed hereto with largest increases in the East-West backhaul (19%) and North-South head haul (7.3%). By the end of 2016, Maersk Line’s total capacity had grown 9.4% compared to the end of 2015.

Maersk Expects Healthier 2017 for Shippers

Photo: Maersk Line

Bloomberg quoted Robbert van Trooijen, APAC CEO of Maersk Line, saying that the current year (2017) will be more profitable than the last. Post-Hanjin, ocean freight customers now stressing stability and avoiding risk to supply chains, not just rates, he said. "The bankruptcy of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping and a consolidation in the container shipping industry will pave the way for a better year for the industry," he told the international news wire. Maersk Line is seeing a…

EU to rule on Maersk-Hamburg Sud Deal by March 27

EU antitrust regulators will decide by March 27 whether to clear world No. 1 shipping company Maersk Line's bid for German rival Hamburg Sud, its first major deal for more than a decade. The deal, one of several in a sector seeking consolidation to offset low freight rates and oversupply, was filed to the European Commission on Feb. 20, according to the EU executive's website on Tuesday. The EU competition enforcer can extend its review by about two weeks if Maersk offers concessions to address regulatory concerns, or it can open a five-month investigation. Copenhagen-based Maersk may have to pull out from some shipping alliances to gain EU approval, following in the footsteps of rivals, which offered such concessions to regulators in recent deals.

A.P. Moller-Maersk Misses Q4 Forecast

File Image: A Maersk product tanker underway (CREDIT: Maersk)

Net operating loss after tax of $2.7 bln means dividend cut. Chairman to step down at end of March. A.P. Moller-Maersk missed fourth-quarter profit expectations on Wednesday as the world's largest shipping company pressed on with changes, taking impairments, slashing its dividend and announcing a new chairman. Hurt by low prices and oversupply in the oil and freight sectors, Maersk announced a major restructuring plan in September. "It was a bad and unsatisfying year," Chief Executive Soren Skou told journalists…

Maersk, Hamburg Süd Enter Slot Purchase Deal

Photo: Hamburg SĂĽd

Container shippers Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd announced a slot purchase agreement for Hamburg Süd’s volumes on the East–West trades to be shipped on vessels in the 2M network. Maersk Line acquired Hamburg Süd in December 2016, and the two are party to a number of such operational agreements worldwide. Due to changes in the global liner alliances, the agreement follows commercial negotiations in anticipation of the termination of Hamburg Süd’s current slot purchase arrangements on the East–West trades.

Commercial Sea Training Resumes for USMMA Cadets

The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has announced that Sea Year training for USMMA Midshipmen will resume on three commercial carriers beginning in March 2017. The reinstatement of the program follows the implementation of comprehensive new policies, including a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault and sexual harassment to ensure that the Academy’s standards for behavior, leadership and integrity are upheld. “I commend the maritime industry’s efforts to combat sexual assault…

Charting the Consolidation of Container Shipping

Graph: Clarksons Research

Last year saw a huge amount of change in the under pressure container shipping sector, according to Clarksons Research report. In particular, the ongoing consolidation of the sector in one form or another grabbed the headlines. To put this into context, it’s interesting to see how the level of consolidation relates to other parts of shipping, how it has developed over time and how it might progress looking forward. It’s quite clear that the shipping industry is a fairly fragmented business.

Skou Appointed CEO of Maersk Line

Søren Skou (Photo: Maersk)

Søren Skou has been appointed new CEO of Maersk Line with effect from 16 January 2012. Søren Skou was previously CEO of Maersk Tankers and replaces Eivind Kolding who is leaving Maersk Line to become Chairman of the Executive Board of Danske Bank. ”Under Eivind Kolding’s skilled leadership, Maersk Line has undergone an impressive turnaround. Its competitiveness has improved significantly and at the same time, Maersk Line has set new standards for the industry with regards to environment and reliability.

Maersk Line Honors Al Sharqi Shipping

Photo: Al Sharqi Shipping

For the fourth time in a row, Al Sharqi Shipping was awarded the Maersk Platinum Award, recognizing the company once again as a top Maersk Line customer. The most recent award, presented on February 24, 2016 for the year 2015, marks the fourth consecutive Platnium win with Maersk line - 2012 to 2015. The Gala Dinner was held at Nassima Royal Hotel, Dubai. In a gathering of barely 45 attendees, the intimate and exclusive ceremony was attended by senior officials from other freight forwarding and logistics companies and the top official of Maersk line Marc Gijsbrechts…

Maersk: Partnership on Low-Sulfur fuel In Singapore

Maersk Line welcomes the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative and actively supports a joint industry approach to cleaner fuels in Singapore. Copenhagen, Singapore: April 13, 2011 - Today, Maersk Line announced its active participation in the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative by committing to switching to low-sulphur fuel in Singapore. The announced fuel switch backs up the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s engagement with the shipping line community to reduce carbon and sulphur emissions in Singapore.

Maersk Line Implements BigOceanData Vessel Tracking

Photo: Maersk Line

BigOceanData and Maersk Line have entered into a two-year agreement whereby BigOceanData will deliver vessel tracking services to Maersk Line. The initial system went live on August 1, 2016 and is already in use in operation centers around the world on both desktop and mobile devices. BigOceanData is now working with Maersk Line to optimize the vessel tracking system for their in-house systems. BigOceanData is initially being used to track Maersk Line’s fleet, a total of approximately 630 owned and chartered vessels…

Maersk Line to acquire Hamburg Süd

Dr. Ottmar Guest Photo Hamburg SĂĽd Group

Maersk Line and the Oetker Group have reached an agreement for Maersk Line to acquire Hamburg Süd, the German container shipping line. The acquisition is subject to final agreement and regulatory approvals. Hamburg Süd is the world's seventh largest container shipping line and a leader in the North - South trades. The company operates 130 container vessels with a container capacity of 625,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent). It has 5,960 employees in more than 250 offices across the world and market its services through the Hamburg Süd, CCNI (based in Chile) and Aliança (based in Brazil) brands.

Maersk Line Gets new AEO number

Maersk Line has been re-certified as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) with the AEO-F, the highest achievable accreditation in the European Union programme. The status benefits customers in several ways. The AEO-F certificate is granted to companies that meet particularly high safety and security standards in global trade, and is similar to the US C-TPAT, which Maersk Line also holds. In connection with Maersk Line’s separation from A.P. Moller-Maersk into its own legal entity, Maersk Line’s new AEO number is: DK AEOF 14-5317817. “Maersk Line was an early participant in the EU AEO programme and backs the imbedded values and visions of being a trusted supply chain partner” said Lars Lorenzen, Shore & Supply Chain Safety and Security at Maersk Line.

Maersk, Hutchison Ports in Terminal Deal

Maersk Line signed a 10-year agreement for terminal usage for Maersk Line at Trinity Terminal, the Port of Felixstowe, UK. This agreement between Maersk Line and Hutchison Ports recognizes the importance of joint co-operation in the shipping industry and reflects both companies' commitment to long-term planning in the UK. Doug Bannister - Managing Director Maersk Line UK and Ireland - said: "Maersk Line has an unrivalled global network and we strive for unmatched reliability. This new agreement with the Port of Felixstowe means we have capacity guaranteed, giving us greater control over the operation of our vessels. The agreement - signed in May - will provide Maersk Line with reliable capacity to service its regular vessel calls into Felixstowe for the next 10 years…

Maersk Ships Rice to Haiti for Free

Maersk Line, part of the Danish group A.P. Moller - Maersk, will provide free ocean freight for 147 containers (3,525 metric tons) of rice donated by the Government of Thailand to Haiti through the World Food Program. The rice will be split and shipped across four sailings, from Laem Chabang, Thailand to Caucedo, Dominican Republic, before being trucked into Haiti. The first shipment set sail on 15 March 2010, on Maersk Line vessel Maersk Kendal, and is expected to arrive six weeks later towards the end of April. Thomas L. Sorensen, Managing Director of the Maersk Line (Thailand) Co., Ltd, shares, “Maersk Line has a long history of providing disaster relief aid and is pleased to be able to continue in our efforts and support the World Food Programme.

Maersk Leads Fuel Switch at Port of Virginia

Maersk Line will switch to low-sulfur fuel while at berth for all of its containerships calling the Port of Virginia starting in February. This fuel switch program will help improve air quality in the greater Hampton Roads area by significantly reducing emissions of sulfur and nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Maersk Line is the lead shipping line to participate in the fuel switch program sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ), as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Maersk Line Introduces Sustainable Container Floors

Today, Maersk Line announced a new policy to refrain from purchasing containers with floors made of uncertified tropical hardwood. “Illegal logging is widely recognised as a serious threat to forests, people and wildlife. We feel obligated to use our purchasing power to push for higher standards and ensure that the timber we use for container floors come from responsible forestry,” says Jacob Sterling, Head of Climate & Environment, Maersk Line. Traditionally, shipping lines have had their containers fitted with tropical hardwood floors.

Maersk Line increases business while reducing CO2 footprint

Maersk Line today published its Sustainability Progress Update for 2013, showing a 3.8 million tonnes CO2 reduction in a year where the business grew 4.1%. “2013 was a good year for Maersk Line – financially as well as in terms of our sustainability performance” says Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Line. “Our fuel efficiency improvements helped cut CO2 as well as air pollutants like SOx and NOx. In 2013, Maersk Line took delivery of the first four of 20 Triple-E vessels. These vessels will set a new standard for energy efficiency. However, the main driver for the strong CO2 performance was the major overhaul of Maersk Line’s network. One of…

Maersk Line named race partner for the Volvo Ocean Race

The world’s largest container shipping company, Maersk Line, is the official shipping partner for the Volvo Ocean Race, the pre-eminent round-the-world yacht race. The race takes place from 4 October 2014 to 27 June 2015. During the nine month race, seven 65-foot (19.8-metre) racing yachts will embark on a nine-leg journey across five oceans. “The Volvo Ocean Race is about seamanship, teamwork, overcoming challenges, being innovative and attuned to the environment. Maersk Line’s claim: “Your Promise. Delivered” is based on the insight that we create simple and reliable solutions so our customers can fulfil promises to their customers. The Volvo Ocean Race has made a promise to deliver a memorable race experience for thousands of fans, sponsors and participants across the world.

Maersk Line Establish Iraq Presence

Until very recently Iraq was seen as being too dangerous for Maersk Line to risk opening an office. Thankfully conditions are changing, and Maersk Line is determined to do its bit to both capture business for itself and facilitate growth in the local economy. Positioning itself in a high growth market, Maersk Line opened a branch office in Iraq in January 2012. This strengthened its sales presence in a region where the value of goods and services produced is expected to grow by 8.6% this year. Maersk Line is currently the fifth biggest player in Iraq, having doubled its market share this year to between 10% and 12%. Maersk Line’s new branch is in the port of Umm Qasr, in the Basrah region of Iraq. The port is central to trade in Iraq, with containers arriving from all over the world.

Maersk Line CEO Expects Shipping Consolidation to Speed Up

Soren Skou (Photo: Maersk Line)

The world's number one container shipping company Maersk Line expects consolidation in the industry to speed up as freight rates fall due to too many vessels for too few goods, Chief Executive Soren Skou from Maersk Line said on Monday. "I expect a number of deals," Skou told Reuters in an interview. Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines said on Saturday it is in preliminary discussions with France's CMA CGM and A.P. Moller-Maersk, which controls Maersk Line, about a potential acquisition of NOL.

Maersk, Horizon End TP1 Slot Charter Agreement

The slot charter agreement between Horizon Lines and Maersk Line on the Trans-Pacific 1 (TP1) service will cease in December 2010. This weekly service currently calls Yantian, Xiamen, Kaohsiuing, Los Angeles, Oakland, Honolulu and Guam. Horizon Lines operates five vessels in this service. Maersk Line has been utilizing the entire 1100 FFE capacity eastbound, and uses a small amount of space on the westbound rotation. Empty westbound Maersk Line containers are utilized by Horizon Lines for their West Coast customers to ship cargo to Hawaii and Guam. "Maersk Line is carefully watching market developments and reviewing customer requirements. Once these are made clear we will release a plan designed to replace TP1 capacity.

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