Becoming stronger together means that 35,600 employees are teaming up for trade. It means that Hamburg Süd employees are joining the world leader in container shipping and a global workforce that now carries more than 19% of global trade.
Ottmar Gast, Chairman of Hamburg Süd's Supervisory Board, believes that the integration will bring about plenty of opportunities:
"With a wealth of experience in Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd, there is so much we can achieve by sharing knowledge and exchanging best practices between our businesses. I am convinced that we will contribute a lot to the achievement of our joint goal of revenue and market share growth as well as improving cost levels and productivity further. From sharing supplier insight and market intelligence, to identifying opportunities to improve equipment maintenance and cargo safety - by listening and learning, we will be able to deliver even better for customers, drive growth and make both brands more competitive and stronger for the future."
While the impact of the integration will vary significantly across teams, everyone will come to understand one another's business and ways of working, says Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk:
"And we will see that we have a lot in common. With over 100 years in shipping and the passion to match our histories, Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd know what it means to go the extra mile. We are family-backed businesses with strong values at the core. We love our work. And while in the coming months we will certainly find things that divide us, it is our belief that we will find far more that unites us."