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A.P. Moller – Maersk Group is the operator of the Maersk Line, the largest shipping container company in the world. The Maersk Line serves the oil and gas industry with a fleet of 604 vessels, operated from 374 offices in 116 countries.
A.P. Moller – Maersk Group’s container shipping operations is the largest part of its overall business. With the help of over 89,000 employees, the Maersk Group ships approximately 11 million containers annually. The Maersk Line also owns the largest container ship worldwide, the Emma Maersk, that has the capacity to carry over 15,000 containers onboard. In an effort to make its shipping industry more environmentally friendly, the Maersk Line has a goal of reducing its emissions 60% per container by 2020.
The Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) is A.P. Moller – Maersk Group’s US shipping subsidiary. Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, the Maersk Line, Limited serves both the US government and commercial customers with the largest US flag fleet in commercial service. The MLL employs approximately 5,000 across the US.
In 2009, the Maersk Alabama was involved in a piracy hijacking, the first successful seizure of a US flag ship by pirates since the 1800s. The incident resulted in a hostage situation involving the Captain, Richard Phillips, but was concluded when the US Navy interfered. This incident was the inspiration for the 2013 film, Captain Phillips.