New CEO of Maersk Line

Søren Skou has been appointed new CEO of Maersk Line effective January 16, 2012.

Søren Skou was previously CEO of Maersk Tankers and replaces Eivind Kolding who is leaving Maersk Line to become Chairman of the Executive Board of Danske Bank.

 “Søren is a sharp and visionary leader with strong international leadership experience, not least within shipping. He knows container shipping very well both from the time he worked for Maersk Line but also as a member of the Group’s Executive Board where he has stayed in close touch with Maersk Line and the industry. He is quite the right man to continue the development of Maersk Line and expand our positions in the market,” said Group CEO Nils S. Andersen, A.P. Møller – Maersk.

Mr. Skou previously held various positions in Maersk Line, from 1983 to 1998. In addition to being CEO of Maersk Tankers since 2001, Søren Skou has played an important part in the Group’s Executive Board. He has, amongst others, headed the Group’s initiatives to reduce costs in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, he has been the leader of the Group’s preparations for further expansion in the new growth markets.

In order to concentrate fully on the tasks in Maersk Line, Søren Skou’s additional positions will gradually be transferred to others in the Group.

Evergreen Line to enhance cooperation with CKYH on Asia-Europe / Mediterranean Trade

Evergreen Line announced that together with CKYH-the Green Alliance, it intends to enhance highest frequency of service loops, expedition of delivery terms and full-scale of port coverage in their services and agree to strengthen cooperation with one another in Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trade lanes from the second quarter of 2012.

Although Evergreen Line will not be joining CKYH-the Green Alliance and will maintain existing cooperation with China Shipping in Asia/Europe trade, the carriers will coordinate with each other to provide more intensive sailings to the level of eight service loops from Asian ports to Northern European base ports and four service loops from Asian ports to Mediterranean ports every week. The majority of the fleet operated in these total 12 loops will be ranging from 8,000 TEUs to 13,000 TEUs in size.

Through this cooperation, Evergreen Line and CKYH-the Green Alliance will be able to provide the highest quality services to their customers with shortest transit time from major origin ports to European and Mediterranean destinations.

OOCL takes front line to be the first ocean carrier to embrace ACE-M1

OOCL is in the forefront of embracing new technology as the first ocean carrier to have successfully migrated to the new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE-M1) e-Manifest system deployed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As the trade pilot for the new system, OOCL said it commends ACE-M1 for providing much improved visibility on the cargo status with clearer and faster messaging on cargo disposition which allows a more efficient management of shipments to and within the United States.

In its comments to the future of ACE-M1, OOCL said: “We see ACE as the next generation trade and customs interface platform for international trade and we look forward to even more benefits after more participating government agencies are on board to which cargo status can be managed at the container level and more substantive disposition codes being applied to further enhance the visibility of every shipment.”

Safmarine announces appointment of new CEO

Safmarine has announced the appointment of Grant Daly as its new CEO, effective February 1, 2012.

Currently Safmarine’s head of MPV (Multi-Purpose Vessel) unit, Mr. Daly will replace Tomas Dyrbye, who has been Safmarine’s CEO for the past two and a half years. Mr. Daly joined Safmarine 17 years ago after graduating from the University of Stellenbosch with a bachelor of economics’ degree.

The appointment of a new Safmarine CEO follows the announcement, in October 2011, of the Maersk Liner Business’ intention to integrate the corporate and regional management activities of Safmarine into those of the Maersk Line, while retaining and growing a separate Safmarine brand and operating model.

Safmarine will continue to have its own independent pricing, capacity, sales and customer services structure, supported by more than 1,400 Safmariners located in 130 countries around the world.

As new CEO, Mr. Daly will be based at the new Safmarine headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark where he will report to Hanne B. Sørensen, Maersk Line’s Chief Commercial Officer.