Maersk restructuring to affect one third of its staff

A huge restructuring at Maersk will affect one third of of the Danish conglomerate’s staff as it moves to integrate subsidiaries into the core organisation.

Maersk recently announced plans to phase out its Damco and Safmarine brands while aligning many global functions of Hamburg Sud into the Maersk organisation.

“Simplifying the organisation will regrettably impact jobs due to duplicate roles and roles that will no longer be needed,” chief commercial officer Vincent Clerc said in an internal email sent to Maersk employees seen by Reuters.

Maersk officials told the newswire that between 26,000 and 27,000 employees out of Maersk’s total headcount of 80,000 will be “affected” by the restructuring without going in to specifics on the actual number of job cuts.

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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