Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Maersk Line Creating New Americas Division

By Mark Edward Nero

Ocean transport company Maersk Line announced Jan. 8 that it’s forming a regional, containerized shipping company called SeaLand that will be dedicated to the intra-Americas market.

“We heard from our customers that they value Maersk Line services but they required greater service stability and commitment. That’s one of the key reasons why we’re responding with an improved, restructured solution for the Intra-Americas,” SeaLand’s newly named CEO, Craig Mygatt, explained.

The new, independent unit is expected to officially commence operations Jan. 1, 2015 and have a structure similar to Maersk’s other regional carriers: intra-Asia’s MCC Transport and intra-Europe carrier Seago Line. Maersk says the new company will have local sales and support personnel positioned in North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean, but will be based at a to-be-determined located in the United States.

Maersk says it will begin the transition of its Intra-Americas business to SeaLand in a phased approach throughout 2014 and that the newly established team of about 240 personnel will begin their new roles by July 1 of this year.

Despite its independence, the company’s expected to share specific Maersk Line operational services, such as finance and land-side operations.

“This reorganization is an investment in our global container business,” Maersk Line Chief Trade & Marketing Officer Vincent Clerc said. “It enhances and strengthens service in this important and growing trade region, as well as the future of our overall global service network.”