A.P. Moller – Maersk Group Profile (Jones Act)
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, A.P. Moller – Maersk Group is the largest container ship and supply vessel operator in the world. The conglomerate of businesses is present in 125 different countries and ranked #298 on the Fortune 500 list in 2017. It has been on the list for 14 years.
In 1850, Peter Maersk Moller started working as a cabin boy and began working for a leading ship owner in 1862, reaching the rank of captain during his tenure. He purchased a steam ship in 1886 and employed his sons, one as a navigator, two as engineers, and one focused on shipping. The Steamship Company Svendborg was founded as the early incarnation of A.P. Moller – Maersk.
Since its founding as a shipping company by A.P. Moller in 1912, and joining of Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller (Moller’s son) in 1930, the business has grown into numerous operations that employ about 88,000 people. Its primary business structure consists of Transportation & Logistics and Energy segments, which dominate global markets and feature far-reaching sub-units.
Transportation & Logistics
The segments under this umbrella support global trade and supply chains across the world. Serving customers in all types of industries are:
- Maersk Line: The largest container shipping company, it has a 639-ship fleet serving all major trade lanes. Safmarine, SeaLand, Seago Line, and MCC are part of this unit, which employs close to 32,000.
- APM Terminals: Provides inland and port infrastructure to 73 ports. The unit provides 154 inland services in 46 nations, employing over 22,600.
- Damco: A leader in supply chain management and freight forwarding services. Employing over 11,000, it is focused on reducing customers’ operating costs, cutting their inventories, and improving efficiency.
- Svitzer: A 500+ vessel fleet that provides towage and emergency response services.
- Maersk Container Industry: Manufacturer of refrigerated containers and machinery, and dry containers, for customers in the intermodal industry.
A.P. Moller – Maersk Group’s energy division includes:
- Maersk Oil: Employing over 4,000, the organization operates on a three-pronged strategy of safe operations, world-class project delivery, and to build a business for the future. It has been focused on developing projects in the North Sea.
- Maersk Drilling: A fleet of semi-submersible vessels includes one 3,000-foot vessel, and the segment also employs harsh environment a cantilevered drilling barges and jack-up rigs. Over 3,300 workers serve the company.
- Maersk Supply Service: A 47-vessel fleet and over 1,700 employees serve this global offshore marine services business.
- Maersk Tankers: As of 2016, the company owned and operated 158 product tanker vessels., including mid-range and long-range tankers, intermediate, and handytankers.
Recent Maritime Accidents and Injuries
Recent incidents, and related injuries, involving Maersk vessels include:
- In February 2017, a crane operator mishap at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey caused three Maersk-labeled containers to fall into Newark Bay. The containers filled with kitchen supplies and automobiles were knocked off the Maersk Kensington, which had recently arrived from a voyage from Norfolk, Virginia.
- In April 2017, the Maersk Genoa was involved in a collision in the Netherlands. The impact with the freighter Dan Fighter caused the over 1,100-foot-long Genoa to be breached, although no water entered the vessel. No containers were lost, according to the Maritime Herald, and no injuries occurred.
- During a voyage in the Mediterranean Sea, Merete Maersk encountered heavy winds and seas, causing the loss of 43 containers. Also, 85 units were damaged onboard the vessel. The ship itself was not damaged, and no crew members were injured. There were no hazardous materials in the containers, some of which were empty.
- The Maersk Patras caught fire near the Canary Islands in November 2016. Originating from the engine room, the fire was isolated and extinguished by the crew. The vessel’s generators and propulsion system sustained damage. It remained adrift until local authorities could provide assistance and tow it to Las Palmas for repair and inspection.
- A collision between the container ship Safmarine Meru (which was heavily damaged), and a German vessel identified as the Northern Jasper. On May 8, 2016, the vessels collided about 120 nautical miles east of Ningbo, China, according to a gCaptain report. All 22 crew members abandoned ship and were not injured. Firefighting efforts continued throughout the day to address smoke conditions from the vessel.
Fatality Reports: The company’s Sustainability Report 2016 revealed two fatalities that year, involving its APM Terminals business. One occurred in Mexico City, Mexico when a security guard employed by a contractor fell through a security tower hatch. The other was a company electrician who was connecting cables and was electrocuted.