Maersk Senior VP to share at Global Shippers Forum

The Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have announced that Robbert van Trooijen, Senior Vice President and CEO – Asia Pacific of Maersk Line, will speak at the Global Shippers Forum and the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) International Conference & Exhibition, held alongside MEGATRANS2018 this May in Melbourne.
Based in Hong Kong, van Trooijen is responsible for Maersk Line’s activities in the Asia-Pacific region, comprising Greater China, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania.
“In a period of significant change and consolidation for shipping lines, Robbert will be providing a shipping line outlook for 2018 and beyond, as a global executive from the world’s largest container shipping line,” the FTA and APSA said in a joint statement.
“This will be a must see presentation for freight forwarders, shipping lines, shippers, government stakeholders and businesses involved in the movement of goods across international borders.”
Find out more about the Global Shippers Forum and International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) International Conference & Exhibition, and MEGATRANS2018.

Maersk Line lays up eight vessels

Maersk Line has announced the laying up of eight 6,500 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) vessels. the decision follows the recently-announced changes in its Asia – Europe, Asia – Central America, and Transpacific service networks, which resulted in surplus vessel tonnage that the company will not redeploy in our service network.
"In view of the market conditions, we have reached the point where laying up the eight vessels makes better economical sense than redeploying them. Freight rates remain under severe pressure, and in several corridors the rates do not fully cover our variable costs. Rate improvements are imperative for the industry to create a sustainable environment," said Michel Deleuran, head of network and product at Maersk Line.
Maersk Line will continue to adjust capacity in light of market developments by optimising schedules, consolidating services, vessel-sharing agreements (VSA), enhancing port productivity, economical sailing (reducing speed), and – unless current market conditions improve – additional laying up of vessels.
"We make these changes to reduce capacity and save costs, while we at the same time seek to maintain or expand our service level and coverage. For example, our recently announced Asia – Europe and Transpacific service changes includes more direct services," Michel Deleuran said.
"We belong to a financially strong group and we will continue offering our customers reliable services in line with their requirements, also in these challenging times."
The eight vessels that Maersk Line will lay up are of the CV 65 class. They will be laid up them from December 2008 to May/June 2009, predominantly in Asia.

Maersk orders another 16 containerships

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Maersk has signed an agreement with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. in Korea for the delivery of 16 container vessels in 2010-12. The vessels have individual capacities of 7,450 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) and they are equipped with reefer plugs enabling them to carry 1,700 refrigerated containers each. This is claimed to be the highest number ever carried on a container vessel.

The ships are designed to meet the highest demands for safe and economic transportation of goods in the trade to and from the East Coast of South America. In addition, each vessel is equipped with a waste heat recovery system. The system reuses excess heat from the exhaust and thus generates energy for propulsion of the vessel or on-board electricity consumption. The reduction in fuel consumption results in a corresponding reduction of emissions.


Maersk Line expects to deploy the 16 vessels in the trades between the East Coast of South America and Asia and Europe. Brazil and Argentina, especially, have fast growing consumer markets. In the last five years, the trade between Asia and the East Coast of South America has grown more than 20% per year on average. In the next five years, growth is expected to remain in the double digits.

The trade between the East Coast of South America and Europe is primarily driven by the export of food products such as poultry, meat, and fruit transported in refrigerated containers. Since 2002, the trade has grown 15% on a yearly average. This growth is expected to remain strong with increased containerisation opportunities in the coming years.

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