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Maersk Line Stays in Profit

Photo: A.P. Moller - Maersk

In Q3, the revenue of A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S’ continuing operations increased by 14% year on year driven by higher freight rates in Maersk Line. The underlying profit was USD 248m, with an improvement of USD 290m in Transport & Logistics and a decline of USD 15m in Energy. For A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S, the third quarter of the year was a defining quarter of major change, where strong and viable solutions were found for Maersk Oil and Maersk Tankers. Furthermore, today A.P. Møller…

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.

Fog Lifts as Maersk CEO Remains Upbeat

File Image: The Madrid Maersk, one of Maersk's largest boxships. CREDIT: Maersk

Container shipping fundamentals at best since 2010 - CEO. Denmark's A.P. Moller Maersk gave an upbeat outlook for container shipping on Wednesday, lifting its shares by more than 4.5 percent as investors looked beyond one-off second-quarter charges. Maersk has been hit by low oil prices at its energy arm and sliding prices in its shipping business in recent years due to lacklustre global trade and a glut of available ships for hire. But its chief executive Soren Skou, who has staked his future on Maersk as a transport business…

New Maersk CEO Soren Skou Mulls Revenue Growth

Soren Skou. Photo: Maersk Group

New AP Moller-Maersk chief executive Soren Skou is aiming for revenue growth according to an interview with the Financial Times. He reveals the task ahead after succeeding Nils Andersen. Danish conglomerate boss said that the group was buffeted by short-term “headwinds” in all of its businesses — from the world’s largest container shipping line to oil production and drilling rigs. “In the long term, we are challenged on top-line growth. Obviously, for us it’s important that we…

Maersk CEO: Rates to Rise as Box Sector Cuts Capacity

File Image: A containership being worked alongside the pier in the port of Boston, Massachusetts (CREDIT: Port of Boston)

A.P. Moller-Maersk on Wednesday disappointed investors with a third-quarter loss for its container business but Chief Executive Soren Skou said he expects freight rates to rise as the industry tackles overcapacity. * Maersk Line posted a net loss of $116 million against analysts' expectations of a $174 million profit. * "Consolidation will in itself not affect the overcapacity, but I notice that companies have stopped ordering ships," Skou said at a conference call. * "In addition…

Maersk to Lower CapEx, Consider Dividend Cuts to Retain Credit Rating

File Image (Maersk)

The world's biggest container shipper A.P. Moller-Maersk may consider selling assets or cutting dividends as it seeks to retain its credit rating, the company said on Tuesday. Maersk's Baa1 credit rating was put under review for a downgrade by Moody's in September, after it announced it would split up the company to focus on the shipping business and spin off its energy assets. Last month, Standard & Poor's lowered the company's credit rating to BBB from BBB+ with a negative outlook.

25,000-TEU Ships Possible, Not Practical

Pic by Maersk Line

Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou said ships with capacities of 25,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units are possible but not practical today, and that he expects 18,000-19,000-TEU container ships to remain the largest afloat for years to come, according to a report in JOC. Skou believes there are no design barriers that would prevent construction of a 25,000 TEU ship. However, he said: “Unless the market really starts to grow very very fast, I don’t think you're going to see 25,000-TEU ships anytime soon.

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.

Cost Cuts Ease Pain of Maersk's Gloomy Shipping Forecast

File photo: Maersk Line

Net profit below forecasts, operating figure above; group hit by low freight rates and low oil prices. A.P. Moller-Maersk's progress in cutting costs reassured investors on Friday after the Danish shipping and oil giant reported a sharp decline in quarterly profit and its new chief executive confirmed that earnings would fall this year. The Copenhagen-based company fired its CEO in June and replaced him with Soren Skou, head of its Maersk Line container business, indicating it could split it into separate companies and sell off part of the group, including its oil division.

Maersk Box Unit Records Q3 Loss

File image (Credit: port of Savannah)

A.P. Moller-Maersk , the world's biggest shipping firm, said the container business on which it is staking its future made a loss in the third quarter of the year as freight rates declined further. Shares in the Danish company fell as much as 9 percent after profit in the three months to the end of September fell 44 percent and came in below forecasts. Low oil prices have depressed returns from the energy business which is the other main arm of the company. The results underline…

Skou Replaces Andersen as Maersk CEO

Soren Skou (Photo: Maersk)

Danish shipping and oil company A. P. Moller-Maersk has appointed Soren Skou, head of its container shipping unit Maersk Line, as new chief executive for the group replacing Nils Smedegaard Andersen who has been in the job since 2007. Soren Skou will remain as CEO of Maersk Line in addition to his position as CEO for the Maersk Group. Andersen will leave the group, Maersk said in a statement. "The Board of Directors has tasked the new management to investigate the strategic and structural options to further increase agility and synergies," it said. Reporting by Teis Jensen

Maersk CEO: Listing of Energy Unit Most Likely

A. P. Moller-Maersk's Chief Executive Soren Skou  (CREDIT: Maersk)

A. P. Moller-Maersk's Chief Executive Soren Skou sees a listing of the company's energy unit as the more likely option, he said in an interview with Bloomberg. He said that the company was still working on finding solutions for the energy unit and is looking at all options but that a stock exchange listing of the unit is probably "the more likely option". Skou replied "yes" when asked if a stock market listing looked as if it would make the most sense at the moment. Maersk, the world's biggest container shipper…

Maersk Line CEO Visits Panama Canal Expansion

Photo Courtesy of the Panama Canal Authority

Panama City, Panama, May 14, 2013 – Maersk Line CEO Søren Skou visited the Panama Expansion construction site accompanied by Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano during his recent trip to Panama. Skou and other Maersk Line executives had the opportunity to see the construction site of the new locks in the Atlantic side, which will allow the transit of Post-Panamax vessels through the Panama Canal. During the visit, Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Luis Quijano updated the delegation on the progress of the expansion program.

Demand Rising to Keep Stuff Cool on Ocean Voyages

Søren Skou, CEO of container shipping giant Maersk Line is keynote speaker at the 4th Cool Logistics Global conference, 24-26 September in Antwerp, Belgium. Mr. Skou will outline Maersk’s position on the critical actions now needed to sustain the future of global refrigerated transport. Over the past decade and more, expansion of refrigerated container ocean services has underpinned growing world trade in an ever-widening range of perishable commodities, from super deep-frozen tuna to exotic fresh fruit. The refrigerated container is now by far the dominant transport mode for the complex movement of chilled and frozen cargoes across the globe.

Maersk Break-Up Soon ?

Photo: Maersk Line

A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, in its strategic review, is considering several options including a two-way split into an energy and a transport company, says a Bloomberg report. According to Danish daily Berlingske, the shipping group is likely to break up into transportation and energy divisions. "Maersk Transport" would include the Maersk Line, APM Terminals, Maersk Tankers, Damco and Svitzer units, while "Maersk Energy" would include Maersk Oil, Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Service.

Management Changes at A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S

As from December 1, 2007 Nils Smedegaard Andersen (CEO of Carlsberg A/S) will take up the position as Group CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S and withdraw from the Board of Directors of A.P. Moller -Maersk A/S. At the same date Jess Søderberg will resign as Group CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S. Originally Jess Søderberg was supposed to retire in 2009. With the advanced management change the Board of Directors has wished to clarify the future management relations and thus keep a constant drive in the company. By choosing Nils Smedegaard Andersen the Board also wishes to add new yet experienced capacity, which jointly with the other members of the management, will constitute a strong team to lead on A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S and create further development and higher profitability.

Maersk Line Q3 Performance Better

Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Line.

Maersk Line said it has achieved improved results in the third quarter of 2014 (Q3) through lower costs and increased rates. Revenue in Q3 was $7.074 million, as volumes increased by 3.7% to 2.4 million FFE. Maersk Line said its strategy is to grow with the market and the increase is in line with the above 3% market growth. Søren Skou, CEO of Maersk Line, said, “I am very satisfied with the result. Not least our return on invested capital is satisfactory and again above our long-term target of 10%. Our strategy is paying off. We have proven it is the right strategy for us.

Maersk Paints a Gloomy Picure

Photo: Maersk Line

Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S has reported a plunge in profits in the second quarter in the face of tough market conditions. Maersk's quarterly net profit dropped 89 per cent to $118m compared with a year earlier. However, it stuck to a profit forecast of an underlying profit for 2016 significantly below last year’s $3.1 billion. The company maintained its outlook for an underlying profit for the full year significantly below last year's $3.1 billion. Soren Skou, head of Maersk Line called the results “unsatisfactory”. “Cost reductions and operational optimisations . . .

Maersk Line to acquire Hamburg Süd

Dr. Ottmar Guest Photo Hamburg Süd 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's New CEO Appointment Raises Prospect of Break-up

Soren Skou (Photo: Maersk Line)

Danish shipping and oil group A. P. Moller-Maersk could split up into separate companies, its chairman said on Thursday after naming Soren Skou, the head of its container business, as chief executive. Maersk shares rose more than 10 percent on the news with investors betting on a break-up and seeing the appointment as a sign of a more profound restructuring. "The question is whether we should be a large group, or whether we should be a number of independent companies," Chairman Michael Pram Rasmussen told Danish online media Finans.

Maersk Steers Annual Shipping Forecast Lower

The Madrid Maersk, a 20,000+ TEU boxship. (CREDIT: Maersk)

Maersk restates annual guidance after energy deal; lowers forecast for its key container business. A.P. Moller-Maersk , the world's largest container shipping group, cut the profit forecast for its core business on Tuesday after a costly cyber attack and a weaker than expected third quarter. Maersk, which agreed to sell its oil and gas business to Total in a $7.5 billion deal this year, has to prove to investors that the firm's strategy to focus on transport and logistics is the right one even with oil prices rising again.

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 Line CEO: 11 New Ships Likely in Q2 2015

Eleonora Maersk, an E-class vessel  (Photo by Łukasz Golowanow)

Maersk is considering ordering 11 container megaships in the second quarter of 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported today. "We need to grow with the market and increase our capacity by 425,000 containers from 2017 onward for three years," Maersk Line Chief Executive Soren Skou told the Journal. "It's very likely the first order will be 11 Triple E size ships. Maersk has not ordered new ships since 2011, when it ordered 20 Triple-E class vessels, each capable of hauling 18,000 containers. The company reported a profit of $2.3 billion  in 2014, a 50% profit increase in 2014.

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