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A.P. Moller – Maersk Group

Esplanaden 50, 1098
Copenhagen K, Denmark
Phone: +45 3363 3363

The Maersk Line is the largest container ship and supply vessel operator in the world, serving customers with offices in 130 countries. Maersk Line is a division of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is the largest operating unit in A.P. Moller – Maersk by revenue. The Maersk Line offers transportation solutions with a fleet of more than 500 vessels; A. P. Moller – Maersk operates approximately 50 container terminals around the world, including 16 in the United States. Container ships are cargo ships that carry their load in 20-foot truck-size intermodal containers, in a technique called containerization. The world’s largest container ships, the M/V Emma Maersk, part of the Maersk Line fleet, has a capacity of 15,200 containers.

In April 2009, the 17,000-ton MV Maersk Alabama was en route to Mombasa, Kenya, when it was hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast. This was the first time in 200 years that the United States had a ship seized by pirates with U.S. nationals aboard. In November 2009, security aboard the MV Maersk Alabama thwarted another attack by Somali pirates.

While the Maersk Alabama was U.S. flagged, (and all of Maersk Line, Limited‘s vessels are U.S flagged), this is not true of all Maersk Line’s vessels. Maersk Line, Limited is the United States-based subsidiary of A. P. Moller-Maersk Group but is separate from Maersk Line. The company is based in Norfolk, Virginia, and is one of the Department of Defense‘s primary shipping contractors. Maersk Line, Limited is independently controlled by a board of directors comprised entirely of U.S. citizens.

A July 2010 article in Marine Log reported the Port of Houston Authority and Maersk Line have been selected to receive a nearly $1.5 million grant from the National Clean Diesel Program. Once Maersk Line’s vessels are within 24 nautical miles of the Texas coast, they will switch to lower-sulfur fuels. The program is set to begin in August 2010 with 19 Maersk Line vessels scheduled to participate. The Maersk Line vessels call at the APM Terminal located at the Port of Houston’s Barbours Cut complex.

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