Strengthening the global position

Maersk Line’s EUR 3.7 billion investment in Hamburg Süd represents a significant step in the growth strategy, cementing its global leadership and opening up new opportunities to create value for customers and the business alike. 

Together, the complementary businesses will create the world’s most comprehensive network of trading lines, combining Maersk Line’s leading position on East-West routes with Hamburg Süd’s strong presence on North-South trades. With a total capacity of around 4 million TEUs, the larger fleet will move 19% of global trade and combining the two shipping lines will enhance the global positions of both brands.

In future, customers will experience better market coverage, more direct services and other benefits via a combined global network.

“Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line will continue to cultivate different market positions and separate value propositions building on the different strengths of the two companies. But many of our operational activities can now be coordinated to create synergies,” says Vincent Clerc, Chief Commercial Officer of Maersk Line.

Maersk Line


Maersk Line


Hamburg süd


Hamburg Süd


As a Hamburg Süd and/or Maersk Line customer, you will have access to dedicated end-to-end services, as well as the flexibility and reach offered by the world’s largest network.

Soren Toft

Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer, A.P. Moller - Maersk

The acquisition is an important milestone in Maersk Line’s growth strategy, representing a unique chance to realise commercial opportunities as well as sizeable operational synergies in the region of USD 350-400 million a year from 2019.

“Hamburg Süd is known for delivering a high-quality product and we can learn a lot from each other’s way of working. In addition to the customer benefits, we can leverage scale to bring down operational costs and increase volumes in APM Terminals,” says Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer of A.P. Moller - Maersk.

The cost synergies will primarily be derived from integrating and optimising the networks as well as standardised procurement.