From 1934, Maersk Line introduced fortnightly departures and gained ground among the ship-pers and even passengers; the Maersk Line ships had accommodation for up to 16 passengers – seeing the world by cargo liner was a popular, and affordable, way of travelling.
The USA-Asia route was expanded to include calls in Shanghai and Hong Kong, but further plans were halted by the outbreak of the Second World War.
As Denmark was invaded by Germany in April 1940, the Maersk ships were considered “enemy ships” and they were requisitioned by the warring countries. 150 colleagues and 25 ships, trampers, tankers and liners, were lost in the War, and only in 1946 were we able to resume the liner service.
New opportunities arose in South East Asia, where Maersk Line expanded from 1947.
Offices in Japan, Thailand and Indonesia were the corner stones in obtaining a sound customer base for inter-Asia routes, the Japan-Middle East line, the Japan-West Africa line and other initiatives that were added to the original Panama-line.