In 1962, A.P. Møller and the Shipping Companies were awarded the concession for exploration and extraction of raw materials in the Danish underground. Among other, the activities during the following years required the establishment of logistics between the shore base and the rigs, which undertook the practical exploration at sea, and Maersk Supply Service took delivery of its first vessel in 1967.
The fleet has grown over the years and today, the fleet of supply vessels that serves the offshore oil and gas industry includes more than 60 purpose-built vessels. Platform supply vessels carry out transports of all necessary equipment to platforms and mobile rigs at sea. Multi purpose support vessels with up to 23.500 BHP perform towage and installation of production units, drilling rigs and other vessels. Special equipment include fire fighting and pollution control.
For more information on Maersk Supply Service, please visit www.maersksupplyservice.com.
The company, established in 1833 under the name of
Em. Z. 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.
SVITZER was acquired by the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group in 1979 and operates in 35 countries and the fleet totals around 550 vessels.
For more information on SVITZER, please visit www.svitzer.com.
Norfolkline was acquired in 1985 and operates ferry services from ports in England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium and Holland, where its headquarters are located. Norfolkline employs more than 2.200 people in 38 offices in 13 countries in Europe. The activities were sold in 2010.
Bulk and Car Carriers
From 1960 to 2003 A.P. Moller – Maersk operated a fleet of specialized bulk carriers. Most vessel were equipped with cranes for cargo handling and carried large, homogeneous cargoes like grain, coal, ore and wood chips.
In 1969, two bulk vessels were fitted for transport of cars. An example is export of Volkswagen cars from Germany to the USA, where the capacity of the bulk carriers was utilized for return cargoes of wood or grain. The first specially designed car carriers entered the Maersk fleet in 1980 and when the business unit was sold in 2008, the segment included 12 vessels.