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Maersk Line returns to Southampton

Susan Maersk –  the first vessel to call as part of new East West Network

The first Maersk Line vessel to call at Southampton in five years arrived in the port on Tuesday. The Susan Maersk was calling as part of the Maersk Line’s new East West Network, the global shipping service that connects Europe, North America and Asia.

1st 2M AE9 Southampton Call

The vessel, 347 metres long and capable of carrying over 10,000 twenty foot containers, is calling in Southampton as part of a voyage that saw her leave Ningbo in China on 17th January. After discharging cargo, she will continue to Le Havre, Antwerp and Felixstowe before heading back out to the Far East.

Brian Godsafe, managing director of Maersk Line UK and Ireland, said “We’re pleased to be able to offer businesses in the South West of the UK an alternative mainline port. Our new network provides our UK customers with more services to and from the markets that matter in the Far East and having a call in Southampton offers flexibility to local businesses.”

The new call has been designed to service businesses based in the South West of the UK. Felixstowe will continue to be the major focus for customers based in the rest of the UK.

Of innovation, reliability, and dynamism – Maersk Line in China

When you meet her there’s no doubt, Silvia Ding knows what she’s talking about. As Maersk Line’s Senior Director of Economy and Finance based in China she is responsible for Maersk Line in Southern China, Maersk Line’s 2nd largest agency globally.

As widely reported, China recently adjusted their 2015 GDP predictions to 7%, less than their 2014 predictions of 8% and 0.4% less than was the reality. Despite international speculation, Silvia isn’t worried and believes that it is actually healthy for China’s plans for long-term sustainable growth. Additionally, she reports that there was no noticeable impact on volumes in 2014.

While traditionally known as the world’s “factory floor” and the centre for global manufacturing, in recent years, thanks to the growing middle-class, Asia and China in particular has emerged as the centre for global consumption. ‘Manufacturing will always be an important part of the Chinese economy, but will grow at a slower rate’ says Silvia. ‘We’re noticing a lot of manufacturing centres opening up in other parts of the world which may have a positive impact on intra regional volumes.’

‘With such a dynamic market like China things move very fast and the Chinese are always looking for the latest innovation’ says Silvia. ‘Maersk Line’s eCommerce solutions are a major differentiator for our customers and we have a high degree of customer acceptance as they are increasingly coming to expect these service offerings.’

Like their hunger for eCommerce and social media the Chinese are keeping a keen eye on new trade routes. In particular, the contentious Nicaraguan Canal, a potentially $40 billion project funded by HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. and the Arctic Route which is still in its nascent phase. Despite the enthusiasm, the immediate business opportunities of these new routes are limited.

Silvia is confident that Maersk Line’s scale and global presence are attractive to Maersk Line’s Chinese based customers. ‘It’s a place we can successfully do battle. We can offer our customers who may have factories in Poland, Latin America and China truly global solutions’ says Silvia.

When asked how she motivates her team towards excellence her response is simple: ‘Your Promise. Delivered.’ It’s a brand promise that resonates with our customers and one that our employees take very seriously. Much has been said about China’s rapid pace of change but for Silvia it is very important to hang on to Maersk Line’s traditional values. ‘Constant care is very important to us as the industry is at the mercy of a number of uncontrollable factors: weather, infrastructure and regulations to name a few. It’s our challenge to make the lives of our customers as easy as possible’ says Silvia.

‘That’s what keeps me up at night, making sure I can defend our name whilst ensuring our profitability.’



Volvo Ocean Race: Taking a fresh look at the humble container

With its design perfectly adapted to provide optimal space and stacking ability, you’d be forgiven for thinking that not much could be done to the humble shipping container.  But the Volvo Ocean Race village was the perfect opportunity to put an established technology to a new use.

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The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the most extreme sailing races in the world. Maersk Line is the proud partner of the race as well as the leading team – the Dongfeng Race team. In some of the stop-overs around the world – we bring a special made pavilion. The Maersk Line pavilion consists of 6 FFE’s (forty foot high cube containers) and is equipped with a viewing balcony, numerous lounge areas and roof deck providing the perfect vantage point of the race village and ships.

The pavilion, with its simple Scandinavian design aesthetic has been host to a number of customers, employees and students interested in a maritime career.

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‘We’ve had a fantastic reaction to our pavilion’ says Maersk Line’s General Manager of Events and Sponsorships, Simone Holm. ‘For our customers and the public, the Maersk Line pavilion is a great place to meet and discuss all the drama and excitement of the race.’

What happens when containers retire?

When a person turns 18, he or she is on the cusp of true adulthood and ready to take on the challenges of life. However, when a container turns 18, it is no longer regarded as ‘young’ – in fact 18 years is the official age of retirement from ‘active service’ when it comes to Maersk Line containers and reefers.

But this doesn’t mean that you can’t use these containers anymore; it merely means that they move on from being constantly lifted, shoved and carried in ports all over the world to serving a variety of different purposes, which are not the ones Maersk Line used them for.


Every year, thousands of used Maersk Line containers and reefers ‘retire’ and are no longer in circuit for their main purpose. In Maersk Line, the sale of used containers is a business area in itself. In the Used Container Sales business, a team of experts serve customers all over the world who are involved in depot services, container renovation and re-engineering, as well as the purchasing and onward selling of various types of containers.

Offices across the globe

“The area of selling our used containers and reefer is developing. We have 10 satellite sales offices, which can literally cater to any demand in the world, “says Equipment Sales Manager Kamilla Sultanova who is based in Helsinki, Finland. “It’s a huge advantage for us in Maersk Line that we already have a very large established global network. This means we can both easily access big stocks of containers and have the systems in place to deliver the containers,” says Sultanova.

If you want to know more about Maersk Line Used Container Sales please visit the website www.maerskline.com/containersales.

Maersk McKinney Moller crosses 18,000 TEU containers: Sets the world record.

Maersk McKinney Moller – Maersk Line’s iconic Triple E created a record of sailing with the record load of 18,168 TEU from the port of Algeciras, Spain. The ship is now en route to Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia.

With this, Maersk McKinney Moller becomes the first vessel to have sailed with over 18,000 TEUs and breaks the previous record set by Mary Maersk that also sailed from Algeciras with 17,603 TEU.


Niels Vestergaard Pedersen, Captain of Maersk McKinney Moller commented, “Personally I am both very proud, and humbled, to be the Captain of the iconic Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, and to be the first vessel to cross the 18,000 TEU limit. All crew members have shared their excitement with cameras, questions, and of course a lot of planning and calculations.” Stowage on a Triple-E can prove to be an exciting challenge and Maersk McKinney Moller loaded the 11th tier as it crossed the 18,000 TEU mark. “It is not an easy task to fill up a vessel like this. It is difficult to make a record like this, with a few people pushing, and many highlighting the risks. It is 100% team work all over the line, and a lot of planning and thoughts had been done” adds Captain Niels Vestergaard Pedersen.

A Triple-E vessel loaded to full capacity would invariably mean positive environmental impact. The Triple-E can transport 2,500 more containers than Maersk’s E-class ships – while using 20 percent less fuel and cutting CO2 emissions by 20 percent, thereby making it more energy efficient as a choice.

Maersk McKinney Moller is iconic as it was the first of the Maersk Triple-E vessels and has been named after Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller (1913-2012), the global shipping leader and the son of A.P. Moller, founder of Maersk Group.