A.P. Moller - Maersk has a storied past, and we are proud of our long history. Our history is part of our platform for future success and thus intimately linked to our present activities and future goals.
1904: The company is established
Dampskibsselskabet Svendborg (The Steamship Company Svendborg) was established 16 April 1904 in the town of Svendborg. The company, the forerunner for todays A. P. Moller - Maersk, was initiated by A.P. Møller together with his father Peter Mærsk Møller. Despite initial difficulties, they managed to raise enough capital to purchase a second-hand steamer on 6 October 1904. They named the ship SVENDBORG after its hometown and the owning company.
1912: A.P. Møller establishes another shipping company
1918: A.P. Møller’s shipyard
1919: First office abroad
1928: First route
1940: The occupation of Denmark
1955: The Maersk blue
1962: Concession in Denmark
1962 – Formation of the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC)
1965: A.P. Møller passed away
1967 – Maersk Supply Service was established
1972 – The first Danish oil
1975: Container vessels
1977: Consolidation of Cargo
1979: Svitzer acquired by Maersk
1979: Move to Esplanaden
1991: MCI is established
1993: Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller steps down
1993: Acquisition of the EACBen Container Line
2001: APM Terminals established
2003: New name: A. P. Møller - Mærsk A/S
2003: Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller resigns as chairman
2005: The P&O Nedlloyd acquisition
2006: EMMA MÆRSK – a world record
2007: Change of CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk
2009: Merger of logistics brands
2012: Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller passed away
2013: The first Triple-E ultra large container ship
2015: APM terminals Maasvlakte II
2016: New CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk
2016: Global integrator of container logistics
2017: New chairman of the Board of Directors
2017: Sale of Maersk Tankers
In September 2017, A.P. Moller – Maersk entered into an agreement to sell the shares in Maersk Tankers to APMH Invest, a 100% owned subsidiary of A.P. Møller Holding A/S, the controlling shareholder of A.P. Moller - Maersk.
Maersk Tankers was founded in 1928, when the first five tankers entered the Maersk fleet. A.P. Møller had become aware of this new business opportunity when demand for oil products increased during early 1920s and in 1927 he put in an order for five new-built tankers. The transportation of crude oil was our main business during the period 1950-1975.
2017: Acquisition of Hamburg Süd
2018: Sale of Maersk Oil
A.P. Moller – Maersk’s engagement in the oil and gas industry began when A.P. Møller and the company were granted sole concession for exploration and extraction of raw materials from the Danish underground in 1962.
2019: Maersk Drilling listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen
Maersk Drilling had been established in 1972 with the purpose of owning and operating rigs for companies with interests in oil exploration.
2022: New chairman of the Board of Directors
- Ove Hornby, ”With Constant Care…” A.P. Møller: Shipowner 1876-1965 (J.H. Schultz Information, 1988)
- Chris Jephson & Henning Morgen, Creating Global Opportunities. Maersk Line in Containerisation 1973-2013 (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
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