Maersk makes its own Brexit

With the UK’s exit from the EU due in less than two months, Maersk, Europe’s largest shipping line, is making its own Brexit.

The giant Danish shipping line has made plans to take its remaining ships off the UK Ship Register as well as stop taking in UK cadets, according to trade union Nautilus International. Maersk has also announced it will cease taking in cadets from South Africa. In other cadet changes for Maersk, it will reduce its intake from the Philippines, the world’s largest crewing nation, while upping the volume of cadets it takes from India and from home soil in Denmark.

The UK Ship Register has come under pressure as uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the EU – due on March 29 – has seen a number of shipping lines review their flagging options. P&O Ferries recently chose to reflag six cross-Channel ferries from the UK to Cyprus.

Maersk has yet to reply to questions sent by Splash today.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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