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He is also a goodwill ambassador for the Red Cross, visiting their offices all over the world and writing reports on each of them, and is keen to show the world in a positive light and the friendliness of people all over, in contrast to much of the news we read in the media.
So far he has covered much of Europe, the Americas and Western and Southern Africa and is currently visiting the island nations of the Indian Ocean. The trip has also involved two voyages on Maersk ships, travelling from the US to Bremerhaven on board Maersk Carolina and from Cape Verde to Guinea Bissau on Clara Maersk.
“I've been treated royally,” he says of the experience. “I think many men of the sea have adventurous spirits and enjoy what I do. They get to ask questions and tell stories of their own.”
In some countries, Pedersen has wondered if Maersk would show up – but it always did.
“I was in the Central African Republic. But I didn't go to the capital, Bangui, where I was sure to see a container. I was getting desperate, I couldn't find a Maersk container,” he explains.
“At some point during my visit I was being introduced to a witch doctor. It was an old woman who understood the medicinal value of the many plants in her garden. There was an old overgrown container which she used for storage. It was a Maersk container.”