1904

Aktieselskabet Dampskibsselskabet Svendborg (the Steamship Company Svendborg) was established on 16 April 1904 in the town of Svendborg.

1912

Dampskibsselskabet af 1912 Aktieselskab (the Steamship Company of 1912) was founded on 22 August 1912 in Copenhagen.

1913

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was born on 13 July 1913 in Hellerup north of Copenhagen, the second oldest child born to Chastine Estelle Mc-Kinney Møller og shipowner A.P. Møller.

1913

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was christened on 17 August 1913 at the church in Hellerup, north of Copenhagen.

1918

Odense Staalskibsværft ved A.P. Møller (Odense Steel Shipyard) was founded and constructed at the Odense canal. The first new buildings were steamers and the first motor vessel was delivered in 1921.
Vessels were delivered from this yard until 1966.

1930

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller completed his lower secondary school examination / “high school”.

1930

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller worked with the shipping company of C.K. Hansen from 1 September 1930 to 25 June 1932.

1932

In 1932-1933, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller worked briefly in his father’s company at Kongens Nytorv, a central square in Copenhagen where the headquarters were located at that time.

1933

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller worked with the broker firm Karsten Rehder in Hamburg, Germany, from April 1933 to March 1934.

1934

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller did his national service in the then 1st Regiment in Copenhagen.

1934

In 1934-1935, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller returned to his father’s company at Kongens Nytorv, a central square in Copenhagen where the headquarters were located at that time.

1936

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller worked for the shipping and brokerage company Hogarth & Sons in London and Glasgow, with the merchant bank Lazard Brothers & Co. in London and the French shipping company L. Martin Cie., Paris, during 1936 - 1938.

1938

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was promoted to his first management position in his father’s company, A.P. Møller.

1939

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was elected to the board of directors of Aktieselskabet Dampskibsselskabet Svendborg (the Steamship Company Svendborg) on 30 October 1939.

1939

From 1939 to 2009, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller owned Bramsløkke Hovedgård (Bramsløkke Manorhouse) on the south Danish island of Lolland.

1940

On 22 May 1940, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was married to Emma Marie Neergaard Rasmussen at Taarbæk church, north of Copenhagen.

1940

On 24 May 1940, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was made partner in Firmaet A.P. Møller (which was and is the managing owner/legal representative of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S).

1940

After the German occupation of Denmark in April 1940, contact was lost to most vessels. Emma and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller left for New York to regain control of the vessels.
After the requisition of the vessels by the American administration in 1941, work concentrated on preparing the post-war period.

1941

On 30 April 1941, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was elected to the board of directors of Dampskibsselskabet af 1912 Aktieselskab (the Steamship Company of 1912).
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was in New York at the time and did not participate in meetings until 1948.

1941

Leise was born in New York on 24 September 1941 as the first of three daughters.

1943

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller established Interseas Shipping Co., which soon changed its name to Moller Steamship Company.
The undertaking, which became an agent for Maersk Line in the USA in 1946, was the foundation for today’s Maersk Inc.

1944

Kirsten was born in New York as the second of three daughters.

1947

Emma and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller with two daughters returned to Denmark from New York in November 1947.
Gradually, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller took over more and more responsibility from his father, A.P. Møller.

1948

Ane was born in Copenhagen as the last of three daughters.

1948

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was elected to the board of directors of Odense Staalskibsværft A/S (Odense Steel Shipyard); he was the chairman of the company from his father’s death in 1965 until 2006.

1953

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was a founding member of the board of A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (the Moller Foundation), which became the main shareholder in the two steamship companies.
Mr. Møller was the chairman of the Foundation from 1965 until his death.

1959

Odense Staalskibsværft A/S (Odense Steel Shipyard) opened the Lindø yard, where vessels up to 200.000 tons could be built.
In 1969, the docks were extended to a capacity of 650.000 tons and the landmark of the yard, the large portal crane, was constructed.

1960

Roulunds Fabriker in Odense was included in the A.P. Moller Group.
The activities in Roulunds were sold in 2006.

1962

Mr. A.P. Møller with Aktieselskabet Dampskibsselskabet Svendborg (the Steamship Company Svendborg) and Dampskibsselskabet af 1912 Aktieselskab (the Steamship Company of 1912) was awarded the concession for exploration and extraction of raw materials from Denmark’s underground.

1964

On behalf of Dampskibsselskabet Svendborg (the Steamship Company Svendborg) and Dampskibsselskabet af 1912 (the Steamship Company of 1912), Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller signed a deal with Herman Salling to establish Dansk Supermarked A/S, which today comprises the retail stores of Bilka, Føtex and Netto.

1965

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller became senior partner and chairman of the shipping companies, the shipyard, other companies and the foundations after his father, A.P. Møller’s death on 12 June 1965. Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller resigned as CEO in 1993 and retired his chairmanship in most companies in 2003.

1965

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller became a member of the board of Den A.P. Møllerske Hjælpefond af 19. november 1960 (a foundation benefiting Maersk employees).

1967

Maersk Supply Service was established in connection with the oil exploration efforts in the Danish part of the North Sea.
Today, the fleet of supply vessels that serves the offshore oil and gas industry includes more than 60 purpose-built vessels.

1967

From 1967 until 1984, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was a member of the International Council at Morgan Guaranty Trust Co., New York.

1968

A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal aided the construction of Ansgarkirken, the Danish church in Flensborg, Germany.

1969

Maersk Air started flights in Denmark. Later, the company extended its operation to include international scheduled, charter and cargo services.
The activities in Maersk Air were sold in 2005.

1970

The starting point was the internal IT function; in 1970, Mærsk Data was established to support IT projects and operation within the Group.
At the time of the sale to IBM in 2004, Mærsk Data had grown into an international company with more than 3.500 employees and offices around the world.

1970

As the first non-US citizen, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller became a member of the board for IBM Corp., USA, in 1970 and remained on the board until 1984.

1972

The joint venture Dansk Undergrunds Consortium (DUC) made its first find and started production in the Dan-field in the summer of 1972.
His Royal Highness Prince Henrik opened the stream, when the first oil was transported to shore at the Danish town Stigsnæs on the motor tanker MARIE MÆRSK.

1972

INGE MÆRSK, Maersk Tankers’ first gas tanker, was a so-called LPG-tanker; LPG is short for Liquefied Petroleum Gas.

1972

Maersk Drilling was established to own and operate drilling rigs for companies with interests within oil exploration.

1975

Maersk Line introduced nine container vessels on the original route, which still connects USA and The Far East.
ADRIAN MÆRSK departed from Newark, USA, on 5 September 1975.

1976

An agreement was entered with the Danish government regarding rights and production of natural gas in the Danish North Sea.

1977

As containerisation expanded in the 1970’s, the need for optimal utilisation of the container’s space grew (consolidation).
This led to the establishment of Mercantile with subsidiaries in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. The activities are continued in Maersk Logistics and now Damco.

1979

For his initiative and energy, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was bestowed the Danish Tietgen Award.

1979

Having had its main address at Kongens Nytorv 8 since 1915, A.P. Moller – Maersk moved to its new headquarters at Esplanaden, also in central Copenhagen.
The original building was designed by Ole Hagen, while the extension from 2005 was designed by Henning Larsen.

1979

SVITZER was established in 1833 and acquired by the A.P. Moller Group in 1979.
SVITZER is engaged in specialised marine activities such as harbour, coastal, terminal/LNG, offshore and ocean towage as well as salvage operations, crew-boat and emergency-response services.

1979

Dansk Undergrunds Consortium (DUC) entered in an agreement with Dansk Olie og Naturgas A/S (DONG Energy) about the sale of natural gas from the Danish North Sea.

1981

The Craftmen’s Guild in Copenhagen named Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller an Honorary Craftsman for his creativity in the management of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group.

1981

The concession for exploration and extraction of raw materials from Denmark’s underground from 1962 was changed significantly.

1982

A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (The Moller Foundation) funded the establishment of Ladelund Ungdomsskole, a school for the Danish youth in north Germany.

1983

A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (The Moller Foundation) built Amaliehaven, a public garden behind the royal residence of Amalienborg, and assigned it to the Danish State and the City of Copenhagen.

1983

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Dannebrog.

1984

Having been a member of the board of directors since 1970, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller became a member of the Advisory Board, IBM Corp., USA, and he remained that until 1993.

1984

The then Danish Prime Minister Poul Schlüter pushed the button, when the joint venture Dansk Undergrunds Consortium (DUC) with Maersk Oil as operator produced the first natural gas from the Tyra field in the Danish North Sea.

1987

A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (The Moller Foundation) funded parts of the escavations of Illerup river valley and in recognition for this, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was given the H.M. The Queen Margrethe’s Archaelological Foundation Medal.

1987

Maersk Line took over the liner activities in Chargeurs Réunis, France, and Cie Maritime Belge, Belgium.

1990

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was bestowed with the Honorary Knight of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

1990

In 1990, on behalf of Maersk Line, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller received recognition for the rescue of a total of 6.954 boat refugees during 1975-1989 from the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Refugees.

1991

For his contributions to the international shipping industry, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller became an Honorary Member of The Baltic Exchange.

1991

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was given the United States’ Peace and Commerce Medal.

1991

Mærsk Container Industri was established in Tinglev, Denmark.
Today, production takes place in two modern facilities in China.

1991

For the first time, the production of oil and gas by the joint venture Dansk Undergrunds Consortium (DUC) exceeds the consumption of Denmark.

1992

ELEO MÆRSK, the world’s first double hulled supertanker, was delivered to Maersk Tankers from Odense Steel Shipyard.

1992

A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (The Moller Foundation) built the conference centre ”The Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Centre for Continuing Education” for the Churchill College in Cambridge, England.

1993

After 28 years at helm of the Group, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller stepped down from daily management.
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller remained Chairman of the Foundations, Shipping Companies and Odense Steel Shipyard.
 

1993

A.P. Moller acquired all liner activities in EACBen Container Line Ltd. from the Danish East Asiatic Company.

1994

After two years of preparation, Maersk Oil initiated oil production in Qatar.

1994

A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (The Moller Foundation) funded the restoration and the fitting out of the Danish frigate Jylland, the longest wooden ship in the world.

1996

The world’s largest container vessel, REGINA MÆRSK with a capacity of more than 6.000 twenty-foot containers, was delivered to Maersk Line from Odense Steel Shipyard.

1997

The shipyard’s own world record from the year before was surpassed when Odense Steel Shipyard delivered SOVEREIGN MÆRSK with a capacity of more than 6.600 twenty-foot containers to Maersk Line.

1997

A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (The Moller Foundation) established the facilities for the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute for Production Technology at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.

1998

The Chinese President Jiang Zemin welcomed Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller in Beijing.

1999

Safmarine Container Lines was acquired and continued under the brand name Safmarine.
Later in the year, Sea-Land Service Inc. was acquired. In that connection, Maersk Line changed name to Maersk Sealand during 1999-2006.

1999

A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (The Moller Foundation) funded the restoring of the ramparts of the Citadel of Copenhagen.

2000

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II bestowed Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller with the Order of the Elephant on 15 December 2000.
Since 1900, three other civilian Danes have been appointed Knight of the Elephant: the linguist Vilhelm Thomsen in 1912, the founder of the East Asiatic Company H.N. Andersen in 1919 and the physicist Niels Bohr in 1947.

2000

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was named Danish Executive of the Century by Dansk Selskab for Virksomhedsledelse, the largest association for executives in Denmark.

2001

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was appointed Honorary Citizen of Svendborg, the Danish town where Dampskibsselskabet Svendborg (the Steamship Company Svendborg) was established in 1904.

2002

Due to a new strategy focusing on the tanker and bulk trades, the Danish A/S Dampskibsselskabet TORM sold its liner activities, TORM Lines, to the A.P. Moller Group.
The activities were integrated in the networks of Maersk Sealand (now Maersk Line) and Safmarine.

2003

The two original companies, Dampskibsselskabet Svendborg og Dampskibsselskabet af 1912 (the Steamship Companies Svendborg and 1912) and their partnerships were merged with Dampskibsselskabet Svendborg as the continuing company with the new name A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S.

2003

Maersk Drilling had MÆRSK INNOVATOR delivered, the world’s largest and most advanced jack-up drilling rig.
The legs are 205 meters tall and make it possible for MÆRSK INNOVATOR to operate year round at up to 150 meters depth in the Danish North Sea or elsewhere with similarly harsh weather.

2003

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller retired as chairman for and member of the Board of Directors of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S.
Mr. Michael Pram Rasmussen was chosen as the new chairman of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S.

2004

Extending the original 50 year concession for exploration and extraction of raw materials from Denmark’s underground from 1962 to 2042, it was agreed that the Danish State without compensation would enter as partner with 20 % in the joint venture Dansk Undergrunds Consortium (DUC).

2004

By far its largest donation, A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaals (The Moller Foundation) transferred the Opera in Copenhagen to the Danish State.

2005

The A.P. Moller – Maersk Group acquired Royal P&O Nedlloyd N.V.
The activities were integrated in Maersk Sealand (now Maersk Line) and Maersk Logistics (now Damco).

2005

Maersk Oil acquired the majority of Kerr-McGee’s oil and gas interests in the British part of the North Sea.
As part of the acquisition, Maersk Oil took over a staff of more than 500.

2005

Emma and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller were married in 1940 and throughout, Mrs. Møller stood by Mr. Møller’s side.
Mrs. Møller was a firm pillar of the home, and even in her last years, despite failing health, she was a regular participant at the annual general meetings of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S.

2006

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller retired as chairman and member of the Board of Directors at Odense Staalskibsværft A/S (Odense Steel Shipyard).
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller became a member of the Board in 1948 and chairman following A.P. Møller’s passing in 1965.

2006

For the third time in 10 years, Odense Steel Shipyard delivered the world’s largest container vessel – this time with a capacity of more than 11.000 twenty-foot containers.
Maersk Line has received a total of eight vessels of this size.

2007

On 5 November 2007, Jess Søderberg was replaced as Group CEO for A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S by Nils Smedegaard Andersen, who was the CEO of Carlsberg and a member of the Board of Directors of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S.

2008

Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark inaugurated the A.P. Møller School, a Danish upper secondary school in Slesvig, Germany.
The school was donated by A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (The Moller Foundation).

2009

Due to the increasingly difficult competitive situation, Odense Steel Shipyard decided to discontinue the shipbuilding acitivities.

2010

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller resigned as chairman of the board in Maersk Broker, a shipbroking operation founded by A.P. Møller in 1914.
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller succeeded A.P. Møller as chairman in 1965.
  • 1904

    The first company was established

  • 1912

    A.P. Møller founded a new shipping company

  • 1913

    Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was born

  • 1913

    Christening at the church in Hellerup

  • 1918

    Shipyard near Odense

  • 1930

    At school in Hellerup

  • 1930

    An apprentice in Copenhagen

  • 1932

    A short time at Kongens Nytorv

  • 1933

    A trainee in Hamburg

  • 1934

    The army recruit

  • 1934

    Back at Kongens Nytorv

  • 1936

    Experience is gained abroard

  • 1938

    First promotion with A.P. Møller

  • 1939

    The first board seat

  • 1939

    Bramsløkke Hovedgård

  • 1940

    Wedding

  • 1940

    Partner in Firmaet A.P. Møller

  • 1940

    Occupation and departure

  • 1941

    A board member of 1912

  • 1941

    A new family member

  • 1943

    Own organisation in the USA

  • 1944

    The fourth member of the family

  • 1947

    At home, more responsibility waited

  • 1948

    A last addition to the family

  • 1948

    Member of the board in Odense

  • 1953

    The Moller Foundation

  • 1959

    New shipyard at Lindø

  • 1960

    Roulunds joined the Group

  • 1962

    Concession in Denmark

  • 1964

    Into retail with Dansk Supermarked

  • 1965

    A.P. Møller died in June 1965

  • 1965

    Hjælpefonden

  • 1967

    Work Horses of the Sea

  • 1967

    The global player

  • 1968

    Support to Slesvig

  • 1969

    Maersk Air airborne!

  • 1970

    Mærsk Data was established

  • 1970

    First foreigner with IBM

  • 1972

    The first Danish oil

  • 1972

    First gas tanker in the Maersk fleet

  • 1972

    Maersk Drilling was established

  • 1975

    Container vessels

  • 1976

    Gas agreement in the North Sea

  • 1977

    Consolidation of cargo

  • 1979

    The Tietgen Award

  • 1979

    Move to Esplanaden

  • 1979

    Tug boats and salvage

  • 1979

    Sale of gas from the North Sea

  • 1981

    Honored for creativity

  • 1981

    The concession was changed

  • 1982

    School in Germany

  • 1983

    Amaliehaven in Copenhagen

  • 1983

    A Danish Knighthood

  • 1984

    Continued involvement in IBM

  • 1984

    The first gas from the North Sea

  • 1987

    Excavations in Illerup

  • 1987

    First Acquisition within Liner Trade

  • 1990

    British Recognition

  • 1990

    Boat Refugees in South East Asia

  • 1991

    Honorary Membership

  • 1991

    Peace and Commerce Medal

  • 1991

    Container production in Denmark

  • 1991

    Denmark Supplied with Oil and Gas

  • 1992

    Safety with Double Hull

  • 1992

    Churchill College in Cambridge

  • 1993

    Changing of the Guard at Esplanaden

  • 1993

    A Liner Business remained Danish

  • 1994

    Danish Oil Production in Qatar

  • 1994

    Restoration of the Frigate Jylland

  • 1996

    REGINA MÆRSK – a world record

  • 1997

    SOVEREIGN MÆRSK – a new record

  • 1997

    A University Institute

  • 1998

    A Welcome in Beijing

  • 1999

    Acquisition of Liner Activities

  • 1999

    The Citadel was Restored

  • 2000

    The Order of Elephant

  • 2000

    Executive of the Century

  • 2001

    Honorary Citizen in Svendborg

  • 2002

    Continued Danish Liner Business

  • 2003

    New Name: A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S

  • 2003

    MÆRSK INNOVATOR – the largest rig

  • 2003

    New Chairman of the Board

  • 2004

    Extension of North Sea Activities

  • 2004

    The new Opera of Denmark

  • 2005

    More Liner Activities were Acquired

  • 2005

    Activities in the British North Sea

  • 2005

    Mrs. Emma Mc-Kinney Møller died

  • 2006

    Changing of the Guard at Lindø

  • 2006

    EMMA MÆRSK – a new world record

  • 2007

    New Group CEO

  • 2008

    The A.P. Møller School

  • 2009

    Shipbuilding ends at Lindø

  • 2010

    Maersk Broker