of world trade is transported by sea
By the time Sea-Land made its first trans-Atlantic journey in 1966, the shipping container was on its way to becoming a global standard.
In December 1999, Maersk bought Sea-Land’s international services and the right to the "Sea-Land" name, later renaming the company Maersk Line in 2006.
Maersk Line is the world’s largest and most reliable ocean carrier.
Maersk recently announced the revival of the historic Sea-Land name as a regional container shipping company that will facilitate the growth of regional trading in Latin America.
The building blocks of global trade
According to The Economist, “the container has been more of a driver of globalisation than all trade agreements in the past 50 years together."
Now, nearly than 5,000 container vessels transport over 34 million containers (TEU) around the world, every year.
Almost anything you want to move, there’s a suitable container for it. From standard dry cargo containers for hardware and consumer goods, to refrigerated “reefer” containers for transporting meat, fruit and vegetables, dairy products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and even flowers, to liquid bulk tank containers.
Find out more about Maersk’s available containers
Maersk Container Industry has made a business of making world trade more efficient, giving customers a powerful combination of innovation, quality, and reliability. Their Star Cool reefer containers are the world's most energy efficient, with a controlled atmosphere (CA) system that can help to keep the produce fresh for longer during transport, thereby increasing the distance it can be exported. In Mexico, for example, exports of avocados to Asian markets have increased thanks to the improved quality and reliability of refrigeration.