Maersk reflagging Hamburg Süd fleet to Denmark and Singapore

The Danish and Singapore flags have had a bumper end to the year with Maersk Line deciding to reflag all the owned ships of its new acquisition, Hamburg Süd.

Last week the Danish container line sealed the deal for Hamburg Süd, getting regulatory approval from across the world. While the Hamburg Süd brand will continue – with its famous red hulls – Maersk Line has wasted little time enforcing other changes, most notably the reflagging of the German line’s fleet.

“Hamburg Süd’s owned vessels change ownership to Maersk Line and fall under Danish ownership in Maersk Line A/S or Singaporean ownership under A. P. Moller Singapore,” a spokesperson for Maersk Line in Copenhagen told Splash today, adding: “In line with the Maersk Line flagging principles we intend to reflag the Hamburg Süd owned vessels to Denmark and Singapore.”

Alianca vessels will continue under own management and continue to sail under the Brazilian flag.

The major loser from Maersk’s decision to reflag the Hamburg Süd is Liberia, while the German flag will also suffer from the move.

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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