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Past, Present, Future  
 



A.P. Møller - Maersk
A.P. Møller (1876–1965) and his father Captain Peter Mærsk Møller founded what would become the Maersk Group in 1904.
Prior to settling in Copenhagen that year, A.P. Møller had worked in Denmark, England, Germany and Russia.

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Mærsk Mc-Kinney
Møller - Maersk
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller (1913-2012) was a leader in the global shipping industry for more than half a century and played a significant role in the growth and development of the Maersk Group.
Born in Copenhagen in 1913 to Danish shipping magnate A.P. Møller and his American...

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Ane Mærsk
Mc-Kinney Uggla - Maersk
Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla (1948–) is the youngest daughter of Emma and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller. After completing a degree in foreign languages, Ms Uggla married Colonel Peder Uggla and settled in Stockholm, where she completed an additional degree in philosophy.

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At Maersk, our history is part of our platform for future success and thus intimately linked to our present activities and future goals. Ultimately, the Maersk Group’s history is the story of a company looking ahead.




  • The company was founded in Denmark in 1904, with just a single freighter.
  • In 1928, Maersk Line was founded, and a route between Asia and the United States established.
  • 1962 saw the establishment of the DUC, paving the way for our oil & gas business.
  • In 1972, Maersk Oil started producing oil in North Sea.
  • Also in 1972, Maersk Drilling was founded.
  • In 1975, we added our first container vessel to the fleet.
  • Maersk Oil initiated oil production in Qatar in 1994.
  • APM Terminals was founded in 2001.


  • In 2013, Maersk Line will launch 20 Triple-E vessels, the world's largest and most energy efficient container ships.
  • Maersk Line’s “Daily Maersk” service celebrates its first anniversary, with the 72-vessel service achieving an average reliability score of 98% and saving 13% in CO2 emissions per container moved against the industry average
  • Maersk Drilling is working to double its workforce to become a global powerhouse in offshore drilling services.
  • APM Terminals enters Russia, acquiring 50% of the controlling stake in Global Ports, which operates key terminals in St. Petersburg, Russia’s far east, and the Baltics


  • The group is focusing its investments on Maersk Line, Maersk Oil, APM Terminals and Maersk Drilling, each of which is to generate at least USD 1 billion in profit in the medium term.