Maersk in Africa


After more than a century of doing business in Africa, and with operations in almost every country across the continent, the Maersk Group can truly say “we know Africa”.

Maersk might have roots in Northern Europe, but we’ve been putting our heart and soul into Africa for more than a century.

Our African workforce is one of the best on the continent – with local employees sharing knowledge and best practices with colleagues from around the world. Together, we’re setting new standards for worker safety and world-class employee training.


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Combined, our long experience, extensive presence and local knowledge puts us in a unique position to do what Africa wants us to do: i.e. improve its infrastructure and logistics corridors to accommodate economic growth, while supporting the oil and gas industry as it seizes new opportunities. And we are doing so in a spirit of understanding and cooperation, and with a shared commitment to achieving greater prosperity for all of sub-Saharan Africa.


Enabling trade in Nigeria

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Apapa looks to the hinterland

In eight years, the Apapa Container Terminal in Nigeria has eliminated waiting times for vessels, improved facilities and kept ahead of 10% annual growth.

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Adding flavour to Nigerian exports

With oil its main source of foreign currency, Nigeria is keen to diversify its export base. Cash crops such as cocoa are a key element of this drive, but they must make the vessel as planned, every time.

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Small bike, big dreams

Commercial motorcycles can serve as a stepping stone for Nigerians looking for employment or capital to start a business. For the importer of motorcycles, the shipping carrier helps by keeping costly inventory at low levels.

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Picking up the pace in Kenya

Kenya’s traditional exports – tea, coffee, flowers and textiles – have been the country’s economic mainstay for years. In recent years the avocado has also emerged as a growing export commodity.

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Green shoots in Liberia

With Liberia’s economic growth projections intact, the new Monrovia port provides a strong incentive for the trade growth the country badly needs to develop.

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Slow but steady improvement

Liberia is celebrating 10 years of political stability with two democratic elections since the end of the war in 2003.

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West Africa's new generation ports

With a USD 1.5 billion investment announced for a new multi-purpose port in Ghana and progress on similar plans in Nigeria, APM Terminals and its public and private partners are lowering trade costs and supporting employment and economic growth.

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Trade primes Africa for energy revolution

Without access to energy, hundreds of millions of people across the African continent are limited in terms of business, education and development. A budding renewable technology boom could turn this upside down.

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“You can do it. I’m no exception”

Joining Damco in Cameroon in 2013, Alphonse Bea went straight into the fast lane. After six months, he crossed out ‘sales manager’ on his business card and replaced it with ‘country manager’.

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billion US dollars is the GDP of Nigeria for 2014. This means that the West African country has overtaken South Africa as the continent's largest economy.


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