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Maersk Swings to Loss as Shipping Volumes Drop - Wall Street Journal
By ELIZABETH ADAMS AP Moller Maersk AS swung to a first-quarter loss as container-freight volume slid. The Denmark-based shipping-and-oil company also said an expected improvement in second-half earnings may not be enough to prevent it from posting a...
Danish DFDS planning to buy Maersk's unit Norfolkline - Trading Markets (press release)
Smedegaard added that DFDS could obtain financing from local shipping mortgage lender Danish Ship Finance (Danmarks Skibskreditfond). According to Dagbladet Boersen, Maersk is unlikely to get DKK4bn (USD731m/EUR537m) as initially expected when DFDS...
CMA CGM, Maersk to launch joint service - Manila Bulletin
CMA CGM and Maersk will launch a joint service between North Asia and the Black Sea on May 20. CMA CGM said the "New Bosphorous Express" service would deploy 10 containerships of 6500-TEU capacities with each carrier supplying five vessels....
Coast Guard releases anti-piracy rules -
Coast Guard officials had been working on a revised Maritime Security Directive when pirates boarded the US-flagged Maersk Alabama on April 8 and took the captain hostage for five days. A day after he was rescued, pirates launched an unsuccessful...
Carrier Transicold attains reefer container milestone - Refrigerated Transporter
Maersk Line was the recipient of the 700000th unit, which was part of an order of Carrier's new PrimeLINE units, each equipped with the QUEST power-saving mode. Addressing contemporary needs for reduced power consumption, the PrimeLINE unit's energy...
Maersk braves cooling in Chinese market - Fairplay (subscription)
THE frenetic port expansion in China unleashed during the boom has begun to subside – if not grind to a halt. Investors who until recently were scrambling to grab a slice off the China container ports cake seem to be backing out....
Maersk Alabama Captain, Crew Member Receive Key To City - NY1
Crew member William Rios and Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama were honored at City Hall. Rios, who lives in Harlem, was one of the 19 crewmen aboard the US ship when pirates attacked it off the Horn of Africa last month....
Maersk Line introduces service from Mundra - Indopia
Mumbai , May 13 Maersk Line, the world&aposs largest shipping container line, today said it has introduced Mundra as a point of acceptance for cargo out of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Mundra will be currently serviced by a weekly feeder service into Pipavav...
Maersk Calls for Secure Somali Sea Lane - The Journal of Commerce Online
AP Moller-Maersk is calling for creation of a secure maritime corridor off the coast of eastern Somalia to protect vessels against the surge in pirate attacks. The Danish shipping line made the call as part of its ongoing investigation into the...
Words that retain a certain roguish appeal - Christian Science Monitor
Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama, hundreds of hostages of other nationalities, and well over a dozen ships, remain in pirate hands. But wait! That other form of piracy, the digital kind, is still very much with us as well....

Axel Mærsk

Axel Maersk is one of the largest container ships, ever built , The container ship is part from the fleet of Maersk Line, just like other giants from this class of maritime transport - Emma Maersk, Gudrun Mærsk and Edith Mærsk. The container ship has length of 352.00 m (1,154.9 ft) and beam of 43.00 m (141.1 ft). The deadweight of the container ship is 109,000 metric tons and gross tonnage of 93,496 gross tons, which gives enough capacity for 9,000 containers according to the companies requirements. Often companies requirements are lower than IMO's ones, but in Maersk calculations the things are a little bit different.

The container ship Axel Maersk was built in 2003 in the ship-yard of Maersk Line - Odense in Denmark. The company is investing much into the home country business and ordered the largest ships exactly in Odense Shipyard. The flag of Axel Maersk is also in Denmark, and this is from a little companies, which are not choosing convenient flag for their vessels. Axel Maersk was ordered in 2002 and finished in the beginning of the next year. The MMSI of the container ship is 220187000, the IMO number is 9260419 and the call sign is OUUY2. The ship is pretty large and strong and has large capacity, for more than 9,000 TEUs. This means that this vessel will need of strong and reliable main engine. The one, chosen for Axel Maersk is HDS Sulzer 12RTA96C with full power of 76,200 hp. This is enough for the container ship to reach the speed of 25.4 knots (maximum speed) and 23.9 knots cruising speed.

As well known fact Maersk Lines are thinking about the ecology and create their ships with highest requirements for MARPOL. The ship Axel Maersk is created with most modern technology, to decrease the CO2 emissions from the engine. Also the paint is increasing the power of propulsion system, while decreasing water resistance. The cargo stowage is easier and more secure, to losing any containers.

The container ship Axel Maersk is following all IMO requirements for Bridge Equipment. This can be easily seen from the modern ARPA system and Radar plotting system. Also the dGPS is showing ship's position with accuracy of 10 meters (absolutely unuseful for ship, which has height of 350 meters). The autopilot is following the course with accuracy of up to 1 degree. The electronic chart is plotting ship's position in every 5 minutes and companies requirements for officers are to plot ship's position on every 5 minutes, while close to the shore. All this is making the safety of shipping with Maersk vessels very high.

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MV Maersk Alabama

Maersk Alabama as seen from a P-3C Orion Aircraft on April 9th.

MV Maersk Alabama (formerly Alva Maersk) is a container ship owned by the Copenhagen, Denmark-based A. P. Moller-Maersk Group and is operated from Norfolk, Virginia, by United States-based Maersk Line Limited. It has a light-blue hull and a beige superstructure like all Maersk vessels, regardless of their flag of registry. It is noted for its detention in 2004 over an apparent fraud scheme, and its seizure by pirates near Somalia in 2009.

In 2004, the ship was detained in Kuwait after becoming the victim of an apparent fraud scheme. According to papers filed by the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2005, Kuwait-based expatriates scammed the Group out of millions of dollars. Low-value goods were allegedly shipped under the guise of fraudulent, high-value bills of lading. Maersk was subsequently sued for losing goods that had never existed. Those allegedly behind the scheme were able to detain then-named Alva Maersk in Kuwait as collateral. The ship was released in April 2004 after the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group was forced to put up $1.86 million as collateral.

On April 8, 2009, four Somali pirates seized Maersk Alabama 240 nautical miles (440 km; 280 mi) southeast of the Somalia port city of Eyl. With a crew of 21, the ship was en route to Mombasa, Kenya. Maersk Line Limited, (part of the Moller-Maersk Group, the largest shipping company in the world) is one of the United States Department of Defense's primary shipping contractors. The vessel was not under a current military contract. The ship was carrying 17,000 metric tons of cargo, of which 5,000 metric tons were relief supplies bound for Somalia, Uganda, and Kenya.

According to second mate Ken Quinn, the pirates sank their speedboat shortly after boarding Maersk Alabama early on Wednesday, April 8. As the pirates were boarding the ship, the crew members locked themselves in the engine room while the captain remained on the bridge. The ship's captain, Richard Phillips, 53, surrendered himself to ensure his crew's safety, but the pirates soon found that the crew had set the engine room controls to override those on the bridge, so that the pirates were unable to steer. They decided to abandon the ship, and took Phillips with them to the lifeboat. The crew later used "brute force" to retake control of the ship, and overpowered one of the pirates. The crew attempted to trade this captured pirate, whom they had kept tied up for twelve hours, in exchange for Captain Phillips. However, after the crew released the captured pirate, the other pirates refused to honor the agreement. Phillips was taken with them as they fled in one of the ship's covered lifeboats, which had nine days of food rations aboard.

On April 8, the destroyer USS Bainbridge was dispatched to the Gulf of Aden in response to a hostage situation, and reached Maersk Alabama early on April 9. Maersk Alabama then departed from the area with an armed escort, towards its original destination in Mombasa, Kenya, captained by the vessel's Chief Mate Shane Murphy. On Saturday, April 11, Maersk Alabama arrived in the port of Mombasa, Kenya under U.S. military escort still under the command of C/M Murphy. An 18-man security team was on board. The FBI secured the ship as a crime scene.

On April 9, a stand-off began between USS Bainbridge and the pirates in the Maersk Alabama's lifeboat, where they continued to hold the captain Phillips hostage. On Sunday, April 12, Phillips was rescued in good condition. Acting under prior authorization from U.S. President Barack Obama, the captain of USS Bainbridge, Commander Frank Castellano, ordered the action upon determining that Capt. Phillips' life was in immediate danger, as provided by US Navy SEAL reports of an AK-47 assault rifle pointed at him. Navy SEAL snipers on Bainbridge's fantail opened fire, killing the three pirates remaining in the lifeboat. A fourth pirate, aboard Bainbridge and being treated for an injury sustained in the takeover of Maersk Alabama, surrendered and was taken into custody.

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Edith Mærsk

Edith Maersk is a container ship, among the largest container ships of the world. It is a sister ship of Emma Maersk, world's most known and largest cargo ship. Edith Maersk has capacity for 13,500 containers, in spite of calculations from Maersk Line company, that ship has only 11,000 TEUs capacity. The container ship can reach up to 15,200 TEUs according to specialists, but restrictions and requirements about ship's stability are high and cargo auditors from Maersk Company decided that 11,000 container are enough.

The ship Edith Maersk has length of 397.00 m (1,302.5 ft) and beam of 56.00 m (183.7 ft). The depth of the vessel Edith Maersk is 30.0 m (98.4 ft) and while fully loaded the ship can reach draft of 17.5 m (57 ft). This is really large ship, and this can be easily seen, when you just have a look at this vessel. The deadweight of the container ship is 156,907 metric tons, while the gross tonnage is 170,794 gross tons. The ship was built in Odense Steel Shipyard. Maersk Group, prefer to built its own ships there, in spite of higher prices and costs. The ships are high quality and very good designed. The ship has main engine Wartsila with power of 80,000 kW, but designers decided that this power is not enough for the ship, and added waste heat recovery system, which increased the power to 90,000 kW. The ship is registered in port of Roskilde, Denmark in spite of higher taxes. The company is investing in home country taxes and prefer to use the home flags, in spite of lower restrictions of convenient flags' countries.

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Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller

Arnold Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller (born 13 July 1913) is a Danish shipping magnate and a billionaire.

Møller is the son of Arnold Peter Møller – founder of the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group – and an American, Chastine Estelle Roberta Mc-Kinney. He was married to his high-school sweetheart Emma Neergaard Rasmussen from 1940 until her death in 2005. They have three daughters: Leise Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller (born 1941), Kirsten Mærsk Mc-Kinney Olufsen (born 1944), and Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla (born 1950).

Møller became a partner in the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group in 1940. When Denmark was occupied by Germany during World War II Møller went into exile in the United States and ran the family business from New York until his return to Denmark in 1947. Møller became CEO and chairman on his father's death in 1965.

For details on his activities, see History of Maersk#1965 - 1993: Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller takes the helm.

In 1970, Møller became the first non-American member of the board of IBM, a position he held until 1984.

Møller stepped down as CEO in 1993 in favor of Jess Søderberg, but stayed on as chairman of the board until 2003 when – age 90 – he retired completely. He still personally controls a substantial portion of the company's shares. He is considered one of the most respected and admired industrialists in Denmark.

He is currently Denmark's second-richest man after Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, according to Forbes List of Billionaires 2007. This is disputed by the Danish financial magazine Berlingske Nyhedsmagasin, which places Møller as number one in Denmark and estimates his fortune in 2006 as 141.2 billion DKK ($25.5 billion), and his personal wealth to 7.0 billion DKK ($1.3 billion). Most of Møller's fortune is placed in foundations controlling the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group, in which he holds a controlling interest.

Møller is a well-known philanthropist and through two large family-controlled foundations has made substantial donations to causes both in Denmark and abroad. One of the more publicised gifts was the new Copenhagen Opera House directly across the harbour from the royal residence, Amalienborg Palace. He also donated Amaliehaven, a park between the Palace and the harbour. Other gifts include major donations to restore the frigate Jylland; to The Old Town, Aarhus; for the Rembrandt exhibition at Statens Museum for Kunst; for renovations at Kastellet; for a new high school in Schleswig, Germany for the Danish minority; and the Ansgar Church for the Danish minority in Flensburg, Germany.

Møller is a knight of the Danish Order of the Elephant; he is the only person who is neither royal nor a head of state to currently hold this honour.

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Source : Wikipedia