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. We are incredibly proud to support them keep that promise,” says Maersk Line’s Chief Commercial Officer,
Stephen Schueler of Maersk Line’s partnership with the Volvo Ocean Race.
Maersk Line will be responsible for transporting two batches of each 90 (ninety) 40’ (forty foot) containers. The two batches contain identical sets of equipment for the race organisers and the Race Villages. Each batch will therefore take two separate leap-frogging routes ensuring that the Race Villages can be established on time to welcome race teams and the many hundred thousands of visitors at the stop-over ports.
“It is critical that the teams and ports plus we and our sponsors can rely on the best possible logistics delivery and who better than Maersk Line to provide that for us. We are delighted to welcome them to our team of world class Race partners,” says Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race.
The task entrusted to Maersk Line is challenging. However, with 550 vessels, 32,000 employees and 325 offices in 135 countries Maersk Line has unrivalled global reach and experience. Features that will be leveraged by the Volvo Ocean Race in the host ports of Alicante (Spain), Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China),
Auckland (New Zealand), Itajai (Brazil), Newport (USA), Lisbon (Portugal), Lorient (France) and Gothenburg (Sweden). Additionally, the Dutch port of The Hague will host a one-night pit-stop on the trip from France to Sweden.