May 7, 2013 Press Release
Maersk Line, Limited Invests in Eight Newer Vessels and Renews Its Commitment to U.S. Customers
Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) has purchased and is currently reflagging eight newer and larger containerships to upgrade the ocean transportation services provided to its U.S. military, government and commercial customers.
MLL's investment of approximately half a billion dollars in eight vessels will improve the quality of service to the Middle East and Mediterranean Sea from the U.S. East Coast. Since 2000, MLL has invested over $1.75 billion dollars to modernize its fleet in support of the U.S. government and military. The vessels are about 10 years younger than the outgoing ships, offering improved fuel efficiency and environmental performance.
"These eight newer vessels, along with the global transportation network that connects them, demonstrate our commitment to our customers. We are proud to serve the U.S. military and to deliver U.S. food aid worldwide," said John Reinhart, MLL's President and CEO. "MLL is focused on continual improvement, and these ships will further increase reliability and shrink our environmental footprint." Read More...
The vessels will join Maersk Line's weekly Middle East Container Line service (MECL1) throughout May and June. This route serves commercial customers and the U.S. military, and it transports U.S.-grown food aid. MECL1 will be the industry's only direct U.S. flag service to and from the U.S. East Coast and Pakistan, and the service includes a new stop in Algeciras, Spain.
All eight vessels will join the Maritime Security Program (MSP) and Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA). "We are pleased to bring more modern and useful assets into the MSP and VISA fleets," said Reinhart. "The vessels will augment our nation's security and sustain jobs for the U.S. Merchant Marine, the fourth arm of our national defense."
"The efforts of the mariners onboard the transitioning vessels and colleagues ashore have been excellent, assuring a timely and smooth progression of the reflagging process," stated Reinhart. MLL works with four U.S. maritime labor unions to crew its fleet of 56 U.S. flag vessels and employs about 1,200 American seafarers every day.
Vessel reflagging is a complex process that involves coordination between commercial and government stakeholders. Ensuring an efficient reflagging process is critical to MLL's core business of operating and maintaining U.S. flag vessels. The coordination of 16 vessel transfers (eight in, eight out) demands expertise and alignment at all levels of the organization.
Reflagging a ship ensures that it meets the stringent safety, environmental, operational and compliance standards required by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and other U.S. maritime authorities.
MLL's engineering team performs a gap analysis on each ship to assess its compliance with USCG requirements and makes any necessary modifications. Once a vessel meets these requirements and receives all U.S. government approvals, the vessel can come under the U.S. flag, making it eligible to carry cargo for the U.S. military, other government entities and commercial shippers.
"We want to express our gratitude to the U.S. Transportation Command, the Maritime Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, and our labor union partners," said Reinhart. "With their support, these eight ships will increase the versatility of the U.S. flag fleet. We believe that the addition of these ships, achieved through our successful cooperation, will benefit all of our customers and their vital missions."
The eight incoming vessels are named in honor of American cities that have brought industrial vitality to the U.S. economy through manufacturing, finance, transportation, and exports. This ship names are: Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Hartford, Memphis, and Pittsburgh. Maersk Chicago was the first of the eight vessels to be reflagged; she came under the U.S. flag on May 1, 2013.
March 6, 2013 Announcement
MLL Hosts Admiral Buzby of MSC
Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) was happy to host Admiral Buzby, Military Sealift Command (MSC) Commander aboard the USNS Wheat, an MLL operated ship. MLL was awarded the contract for the operation and maintenance of the MSC Maritime Prepositioning Force ship, the USNS Wheat, in 2011. MLL provides personnel and mariners, operational and technical support ashore and afloat, as well as all the equipment, tools, provisions and supplies necessary to operate these vessels worldwide. MLL also supports MSC in the management of government-owned cargo, including, but not limited to, hazardous materials, vehicular, bulk, and general cargo.
February 4, 2013 Announcement
MLL's Gene Brooks to Speak on Commercial Shipping in the Arctic
Gene Brooks, USCG RADM (Ret), Sr. Director, Technical Organization at Maersk Line, Limited, will speak on "Responding to Oil Spills in Arctic Marine Environments". Brooks is an expert on commercial shipping in the Arctic and will present during the National Academy of Sciences meeting on February 4, 2013, at the Allegro Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. With past positions including Deputy Commander for the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Commander for the Coast Guard District Seventeen, and Deputy Director for Operations, U.S. Northern Command, Brooks is a strong and trusted voice in the maritime industry. Brooks holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. and a Juris Doctor degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. The NAS provides independent advice to the nation and government on matters related to science and technology. The NAS is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community.
January 29, 2013 Announcement
Maersk Line reaches 2020 CO2 Target
Maersk Line has reached its 2020 target of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% from its benchmark 2007 levels. Maersk Line's focus on energy efficiency and improved environmental performance has made the company considerably more cost competitive. More...
January 28, 2013 Announcement
Maersk Line, Limited's Gordon Van Hook Announced as Member of SNA Board of Directors
Maersk Line, Limited's Gordan Van Hook, CAPT USN (Ret), was inducted into the Surface Navy Association's 2013 Board of Directors. Gordan is the Sr. Director, Ship Management and Chartering at MLL and has maintained involvement with SNA for many years. SNA promotes greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business and academic communities who share a common interest in Naval Surface Warfare and supports the activities of Surface Naval Forces.
January 24, 2013 Announcement
Maersk Peary Supports Operation Deep Freeze
The Military Sealift Command recently published an article on Operation Deep Freeze, the annual resupply mission to McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The article features Maersk Peary, MLL's ice-classed tanker. She will deliver over 6 million gallons of fuel to the remote scientific outpost, enough to support the station for the year. Click here to read more.
January 8, 2013 Announcement
Maersk Line, Limited's Gordon Van Hook to Moderate at the 2013 SNA National Symposium
Maersk Line, Limited's (MLL) Senior Director for Ship Management and Chartering, CAPT Gordan Van Hook, USN (Ret), will be a moderator at the 2013 Surface Naval Association (SNA) National Symposium. The event will be held at the Crystal City Hyatt Regency Hotel between January 15-17, 2013. SNA promotes greater coordination and communication among those in the military, business and academic communities who share a common interest in Naval Surface Warfare and supports the activities of Surface Naval Forces.
Gordan Van Hook will moderate the a historical discussion of "Operation Praying Mantis", an attack on April 18, 1988, by U.S. naval forces in Iranian territorial waters. This attack was in response to Iranian mining in the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq war, damaging an American warship, the USS Samuel B. Roberts. Van Hook was the chief engineer at the time. MLL will be exhibiting at booth #1018.
January 7, 2013 Announcement
Steve Carmel, SVP Maritime Services to Speak on Arctic Navigation
Steve Carmel, Senior Vice President of Maritime Services for Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) will be a guest speaker at the Norfolk Propeller Club Luncheon on January 10, 2013. MLL is a long committed member of the Propeller Club, an international business network committed to the maritime industry, commerce and global trade.
Recently, melting Arctic ice has opened up the potential of greater Arctic navigation. Travel through the Arctic can decrease transit times considerably. Alongside the positives of Arctic travel, Carmel will discuss the emerging issues such as territorial, environmental issues, emergency response, and safety resources.
December 4, 2012 Press Release
Maersk Line, Limited Receives Energy Efficiency Certification from the American Bureau of Shipping
Norfolk, VA, December 3, 2012—Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) has become the first shipping company to receive global certification from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for energy management per the Guide for Marine Health, Safety, Quality, Environmental and Energy (HSQEEn) Management. Successful implementation of the standards required a commitment from all levels and functions of the organization, and it underscores MLL's ongoing effort to improve the environmental sustainability of its operations. More....
November 29, 2012 Press Release
Maersk Line, Limited Recognized Twice for Environmental Sustainability Efforts
Norfolk, VA, November 28, 2012—Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) was presented with two awards earlier this month for its continued and longstanding efforts to improve the environmental sustainability of its operations. MLL received awards from the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). More....
September 20, 2012 Announcement
Maersk Line receives U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Award
Today Maersk Line received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "Clean Air Excellence Award" for its "innovative programs that protect Americans' health and the environment, educate the public, serve their communities, and stimulate the economy." Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) congratulates colleagues across Maersk Line—and especially those within MLL—whose dedication to clean air initiatives resulted in this award. To read EPA's announcement, please click here.
September 10, 2012 Announcement
Stephen Carmel to present on "Maritime Security, Globalization, and Navy Strategy" at Navy Speaker Series
Stephen Carmel, Senior Vice President of Maritime Services, will present at the Navy Warfare Development Command's (NWDC) Speaker Series on September 20th in Norfolk. More...
August 7, 2012 Press Release
MLL's Chris Fertig Sets Bermuda Challenge Record
Norfolk, Virginia, August 7, 2012 – Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) extends heartfelt congratulations to Chris Fertig for setting the world record in the Bermuda Challenge. Chris, a general manager at MLL, made the crossing from New York City to Bermuda in 21 hours 39 minutes, beating the previous record of 22 hours 23 minutes set in 2002. Chris left the New York harbor on Saturday, August 4th at 9:30 AM. More...
August 2, 2012 Press Release
Maersk Line, Limited Completes Acquisition of 3PSC
Norfolk, VA, August 2, 2012—Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) has completed its acquisition of 3PSC, a privately-held ship operator based in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The closing took place today in Norfolk.
The acquisition demonstrates MLL's longstanding commitment to ship operation and management services for the national defense of the United States, and solidifies MLL's position as a leading government contractor.
Under the terms of the agreement, MLL will take over 3PSC's current contract for the operation and maintenance of special mission ships owned by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command. MLL plans to integrate 3PSC operations into its Norfolk headquarters by the end of the calendar year. More...
July 31, 2012 Announcement
MLL Colleagues Present MAERSK PEARY model to Military Sealift Command
On July 26, 2012, MLL colleagues Gordan Van Hook, Dave Harriss, and Steve Carmel, along with Andy McAleer of MCA Associates, met with senior leaders of the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) to present a scale model of MAERSK PEARY, an ice-class tanker vessel under contract with MSC since 2011. Rear Admiral Mark Buzby, Commander of the Military Sealift Command, stood with Carmel to unveil the model, which will be housed at MSC's headquarters at the Washington Navy Yard in the District of Columbia. The gesture of goodwill helped to strengthen the relationship between MSC and MLL, affirming MLL's longstanding commitment to ship operations and management for the national defense of the United States.
MAERSK PEARY is the most recent addition to MLL's fleet of U.S. Flag tanker vessels. Under long-term time charter to MSC, she carried fuel and supplies for military research and operations to McMurdo Station, Antarctica on her maiden voyage. The ice-class vessel is slated for annual deliveries of military provisions to McMurdo Station and Thule Air Force Base in Greenland.
July 12, 2012 Announcement
Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Honored in the U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman Howard Coble of North Carolina gave the following address honoring the legacy of Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on July 11, 2012. The following was taken from the Congressional Record. Read More...
Mr. COBLE: Mr. Speaker, I stand today to honor the legacy and achievements of one of the greatest friends America has ever known, Mr. Maersk McKinney Moller, who died recently at the age of 98 in his home country of Denmark. Mr. Moller, whom I've known personally for more than 2 decades, was a Dane and an American by virtue of his American mother, a loyal husband, a doting father, a brilliant businessman, and a leading figure in the development of the modern globalized marketplace.
I initially met Mr. Moller, Mr. Speaker, in his Copenhagen office. We spoke for 35 to 40 minutes, and it became apparent to me that I was in the presence of a truly great man.
Mr. Moller loved America. It is no coincidence that his company's U.S. flag business unit, Maersk Line, Limited, owns and operates the largest U.S. flag fleet of vessels serving our military today. In fact, these U.S. flag vessels employ more American mariners and have delivered more of the critical material to supply U.S. troops in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts than any other carrier. And the same is true of humanitarian aid and every other category of government-impelled cargo carried by U.S. flag commercial vessels. Maersk McKinney Moller believed in the mission and basic goodness of America, and he demonstrated that belief throughout his life.
Mr. Moller, Mr. Speaker, was born in Denmark in 1913. He grew up in the shipping industry that his father, Arnold Peter Moller, had started in 1904. In 1940, after the occupation of Denmark by Nazi troops, all the company's vessels in international waters were ordered to neutral ports and a third of the fleet sought refuge in ports controlled by the United States.
Mr. Moller traveled to New York soon after the occupation and ran the operations from there through 1947.
Allied forces requisitioned the Maersk fleet and most were subsequently lost to German U-boats in the most devastating loss of merchant mariner life in history. At the conclusion of the war, Mr. Moller returned to Denmark and continued building a global business empire, becoming CEO of the group in 1965.
In 1991, Mr. Moller wrote a letter to then-U.S. Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney highlighting the longstanding connections between America and Maersk. Among other matters in the letter, Mr. Moller wrote:
Maersk is, and has always been, a strong advocate for uninhibited free trade and the principles of freedom consistently enunciated by the United States and Denmark. Our entire organization, and especially Maersk Line, Limited will be ready to serve anytime should that be desired.
Mr. Moller stepped down as CEO in 1993, but remained chairman of the AP Moller Group until 2003. Even through the last few months of his life, however, Mr. Moller went to work every day, walking up five flights of stairs to his office.
Through his vision and leadership, Mr. Moller built the largest container shipping company in the world, but never abandoned his love and appreciation for the United States and its people. Over 70 years, he personally cultivated and sustained a valuable partnership with the United States, one that continues to support and advance our commercial and national security interests around the world.
Finally, Mr. Moller was a citizen of Denmark, indeed, the world; but he will always have a special place of respect, admiration, and appreciation from the people and the Government of the United States.
July 11, 2012 Announcement
Al Collado Appointed to the Board of Volunteer Hampton Roads
Maersk Line, Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Al Collado, Director of Supply Management, to a position on the board of Volunteer Hampton Roads (VHR), a full-service management support organization for the nonprofit sector based in Norfolk, VA. The organization aims to strengthen nonprofits by providing specialized management and strategy training sessions, corporate volunteer programming, and one-day community volunteer opportunities. In his position at VHR, Collado will assist in strategic planning efforts, and looks forward to becoming involved with VHR as a volunteer: "I believe the organization adds value to the community and encourages corporate engagement and volunteerism."
In addition to Collado's individual achievement, MLL has recently joined VHR's 2012 Hampton Roads Corporate Volunteer Council (HRCVC). Membership in the HRCVC provides companies with opportunities and resources for the development of workplace volunteer programs, and facilitates greater community involvement through collaboration with like-minded corporations. MLL's engagement with VHR at both the individual and corporate level is an exemplary reflection of the values that characterize MLL as an organization, reaffirming our commitment to social responsibility and community outreach.
July 5, 2012 Announcement
Maersk Line, Limited Awarded U.S. Military Contract For Global Cargo Services
Norfolk, Va., 5 July 2012: Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) will continue to support U.S. troops and government organizations under the newly awarded Universal Services Contract-7 (USC-7) by the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM).
USC-7 is the primary contract vehicle by which USTRANSCOM procures global U.S. flag ocean transportation and intermodal services for military and government cargo. Farrell Lines, a U.S. flag roll-on/ roll-off carrier and MLL subsidiary, was also among the awardees. Together, MLL and Farrell Lines provide a wide range of end-to-end transportation services to the U.S. government.
"The USC-7 award marks another milestone in our continued partnership with the U.S. Military," said Bill Kenwell, MLL's Chief Commercial Officer. "Under the USC-7 contract, MLL vessels will deliver cargo across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, throughout the Mediterranean and North Seas, and inland via the Northern Distribution Network. We are proud to provide world-class service to USTRANSCOM and to support U.S. military organizations and personnel."
The three-year contract consists of a base and two options years, and it begins on September 1, 2012, the day after the current USC-6 contract expires. The company's U.S. Flag Transportation Services arm will execute the USC-7 contract with a focus on service excellence, in-transit visibility and reliability.
MLL's U.S. flag fleet includes twenty-four container ships and four roll-on/roll-off vessels under Farrell Lines. All the vessels are enrolled in the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA), and except for one, they all participate in the Maritime Security Program (MSP).
June 19, 2012 Announcement
Maersk Line, Limited Receives Benkert Award
Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) received the U.S. Coast Guard's 2012 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Marine Environmental Protection Silver Award in the "large company" category. The U.S. Coast Guard instituted the William M. Benkert Award Program to honor leaders in the field of marine safety and environmental protection while simultaneously raising awareness of maritime industry's impact on vulnerable marine ecosystems. More...
May 11, 2012 Announcement
MLL Takes to the Hill and Participates in the Congressional Sail-In
On May 9, Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) took part in the 3rd Annual Maritime Industry Congressional Sail-In, held on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. This year's event attracted approximately 160 participants, who represented nearly every segment of the American maritime industry. Teams of participants engaged in over 100 meetings with Members of Congress to discuss a variety of critical issues within the maritime industry, including upholding of cargo preference laws and support of the Maritime Security Program.
MLL colleagues Ed Hanley, Vice President of Labor Relations, HSSEQ and Fleet Management, and Kevin Speers, Senior Director of Marketing, participated in the Sail-In. Doug Morgante, Director of Government Affairs, and Clint Eisenhauer, Vice President of Government Relations, took part from Maersk Inc., and Linda Arquette, also of Maersk Inc., played a leading role in the coordination and preparation of the Sail-In, with the support of MLL colleagues in Arlington.
During Sail-In meetings, Members of Congress received a new U.S. Navy League brief entitled "Maritime Americans: Vital to the Future of Our Country." It is a synopsis of a longer report called "America's Maritime Industry: The Foundation of American Seapower." Both documents can be found on the Navy League's website. The study highlights the value and significance of Maritime Americans and their importance to the nation's economy and security—a timely assessment aligned with the key messages of the Sail-In.
May 10, 2012 Announcement
Maersk Line, Limited releases its 2011 Sustainability Report
MLL is pleased to share the results of its second annual sustainability report, which builds on goals and initiatives discussed in our 2010 report. With vivid illustrations and charts, the report covers topics related to safety and security, climate and environment, social responsibility and responsible business practices. To view it, please click here.
May 9, 2012 Announcement
Torben Svenningsen awarded with the Lithuanian Diplomacy StarTorben Svenningsen, Senior Director of U.S. Government Sales at Maersk Line Limited (MLL), was awarded the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star for his work in "promoting Lithuania's name and strengthening the economic and transport relations between the United States and Lithuania." The award was presented to Svenningsen by the Lithuanian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Evaldas Ignatavicius at an April 12th ceremony in Washington, DC.
The Lithuanian Diplomacy Star was instituted in 2010 by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was recently awarded to Ambassador Richard Morningstar, Special Envoy of the United States Secretary of State for Eurasian Energy, and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois). Svenningsen is the 64th recipient of the star award. Read More...
During the ceremony, the Deputy Minister emphasized the successful partnership between Lithuania and Maersk. The Lithuanian railway system, along with the ice-free Klaipeda State Seaport, facilitate critical transport corridors and cargo routes from Lithuania to Central Asia, the South Caucasus countries, Ukraine, Russia and China.
"We are enjoying a strong and perspective partnership with the U.S. administration, the global logistics company Maersk and its U.S.-based subsidiary Maersk Line Limited, which carries the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) cargo to Afghanistan," Ignatavicius said. "Cooperation with the U.S. partners is important to our Klaipeda Seaport, Lithuanian Railways and Lithuanian institutions not only economically, but it also strengthens the transatlantic partnership."
Maersk Line Limited – thanks to the leadership of Svenningsen and his team – has developed a close working relationship with Lithuanian government institutions to establish the Klaipeda State Seaport, which is as an integral part of the Northern Distribution Network (NDN). The NDN transports vital supplies to U.S. troops in the Middle East. MLL transports ISAF cargo to the Klaipeda Seaport, where it then moves on to the NDN.
Svenningsen takes an active role in dialogues regarding intermodal transportation. Earlier this year, he spoke on a panel at the National Defense Transportation Agency symposium, where he outlined solutions to challenges the U.S. military faces in delivering cargoes to armed forces abroad and discussed sea/air options to supplement existing supply lines to support U.S troops.
April 30, 2012 Announcement
Gordan Van Hook to serve on the Board of Directors of the United States Naval Institute
We are pleased to announce that Gordan Van Hook, MLL's Senior Director of Innovation and Concept Development, has been selected to serve on the board of directors the United States Naval Institute. The USNI describes itself as "an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense."
The election to the board of directors is a national one voted upon by all USNI members. Election to the USNI board is considered an honor in the U.S. Navy and defense community. It is a tribute to Van Hook's intellectual rigor on matters of maritime and national security. Read More...
Van Hook is a third generation surface warfare officer. During his 29 years of naval service, Capt Van Hook had a distinguished and broad career. Three highlights include:
- Chief Engineer on USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) when she struck a mine in the Persian Gulf in 1988 during the "Tanker War," and he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for his actions to save the ship. The account is featured in two books: No Higher Honor by Brad Penniston and Inside the Danger Zone by Harold Wise.
- Commanding USS O'BANNON (DD-987) and serving as operations officer for Fifth Fleet to launch Operation Enduring Freedom into Afghanistan after 9/11.
- Commanded DESTROYER SQUADRON 23
The insights he gained throughout his naval career were foundational to his work for the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), where he served as Executive Director of the CNO Executive Panel, a federal advisory committee of 32 civilian leaders from government, industry and academia that provide advice to the CNO on issues of strategy, policy, technology and innovation. Capt Van Hook also served as a program manager with the NATO C3 Agency and held other positions with the CNO, including working as a senior fellow for the CNO Strategic Studies Group.
His relationship with the USNI was strengthened in 2005, when they published his article, Creatively Bridging the Gap, in their monthly journal Proceedings. He continues to write and publish articles and has contributed book chapters to Maritime Private Security: A Customer's Perspective and to Conflict and Cooperation in the Global Commons: Maritime Security Consortiums. The following list of articles shows the array of topics he covers.
- Focus More on Management and Less on Technology to Reduce Navy Energy Costs, Frontline Defence, Feb 2011
- Fueling the Future Fleet: Managing for Energy Efficiency, Vanguard Dec 2010/Jan 2011
- On the Horizon, C4ISR Journal, Oct 2010
- Irregular Sea Control, USNI Proceedings Jul 2010
- Seabasing for Counterpiracy; Vast Ocean, Boat Traffic Thwart Traditional Solutions, Defense News, 26 Apr 2010
- Maritime Security Consortiums, USNI Proceedings Apr 2009
- How to Kill a Good Idea, USNI Proceedings Oct 2007
- Creatively Bridging the Gap, USNI Proceedings Sep 2005
Van Hook has been with MLL since 2008. He currently advises U.S. maritime services on commercial best practices and innovation in energy efficiency, sustainment, sea-basing, commercial ship conversions, maritime security and counter-piracy. In 2009, he led the Maersk crisis action team in Mombasa, Kenya for the Maersk Alabama incident. He also develops and disseminates new concepts to U.S. government customers and partners for the advancement of a strong, ready and flexible U.S. Navy and armed forces. We are fortunate to have Capt Van Hook as a colleague and congratulate him on his successful election to the USNI board of directors.
April 30, 2012 Announcement
The Plot: A New Green Space in Downtown Norfolk
MLL has made an exciting contribution to the heart of downtown Norfolk. At the corner of Main and Granby streets sits an unused lot surrounded by a chain link fence. Soon it will be transformed into a communal green space – dubbed "The Plot" – a park and plaza with benches, trees and pathways to neighboring local venues.
The Plot is envisioned as a community gathering place, featuring an amphitheater, outdoor basketball court, a place for vendors, and modern art made from shipping containers. As you stroll down Granby Street, you will notice three Maersk containers recently delivered to the site. Over the next few weeks, the containers will be repositioned into an artistic representation of current maritime trade, which will complement old timbers from the "Boathouse" symbolizing the beginnings of the Port of Norfolk.
MLL contributed to the purchase and delivery of the new containers. As our CEO John Reinhart wrote the volunteer committee who designed The Plot, "We are pleased to have a small role in what is going on in Norfolk. To you and the team working on the project, we wish you success! You are making a difference and bringing life to our city."
To learn more about The Plot, click here
January 26, 2012 Press Release
Maersk Line Leads Fuel Switch at the Port of Virginia
Norfolk, VA, January 26, 2012—Maersk Line will switch to low-sulfur fuel while at berth for all of its containerships calling the Port of Virginia starting in February. This fuel switch program will help improve air quality in the greater Hampton Roads area by significantly reducing emissions of sulfur and nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. More...
January 10, 2012 Press Release
Maersk Line, Limited Brings the First of Two Project Cargo Ships Under the U.S. Flag
Norfolk, VA, January 10, 2012 – Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) completed the reflagging under U.S. registry of the MAERSK ILLINOIS, its newest multipurpose heavy-lift vessel. The ship is one of two sister vessels that MLL acquired in September 2011 and which will sail for Maersk-Rickmers U.S. Flag Project Carrier (Maersk-Rickmers), providing breakbulk and project cargo service for shippers requiring U.S. flag service. Maersk-Rickmers was jointly formed for this purpose by MLL and Rickmers-Linie (America). More...
December 14, 2011 Press Release
Maersk Line, Limited Joins the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA)
Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) is proud to announce its membership in the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA). MLL will join 35 other U.S. based companies in the maritime industry. More...
December 12, 2011 Press Release
Maersk and the U.S. Navy Collaborate on Biofuel Initiative
Norfolk, VA and Copenhagen, Denmark, December 12, 2011 – Maersk and the U.S. Navy are testing algae-based biofuel on the container ship Maersk Kalmar. The ship is en route from Northern Europe to India.
Maersk Kalmar has two key attributes that make it a suitable vessel for biofuel testing. The 300 meter-long container ship has a dedicated auxiliary test engine, which reduces the risks of testing, and its fuels system has a special biofuel blending equipment and separate tanks. More...
October 6, 2011 Press Release
Maersk Line, Limited and Apex Offshore Wind Energy Partner to Bring Offshore Wind Energy to North America
Apex Offshore Wind, LLC and Maersk Line, Limited today announced that they have established a working relationship to support the development, financing and construction of utility-scale offshore wind energy facilities in North America. More...