A.P. Meller-Maersk Creates Dedicated Tech Group

Denmark's A.P. M0ller-Maersk Group, one of the largest shipowning groups in the world, has established a dedicated company to handle all of the technical purchasing requirements of its extensive fleet. Maersk Procurement, the new company, is now responsible for all coordinated purchasing for the various fleets; anything from paint and fuel, through main and auxiliary engines to drydockings.

The new operation, with a workforce of 40 based in Copenhagen, will be responsible for all main procurement, but not day-to-day purchasing by the vessels.

Maersk Procurement is negotiating frame agreements with selected suppliers that set out prices and other terms and conditions while staying away from day-to-day ordering. Maersk Procurement is now responsible for the technical buying for the fleets of Maersk-Sealand (containerships), Svitzer Wijsmuller (tugs, offshore support vessels etc), Safmarine (containerships), Norfolk Line (RoPax's), Maersk Tankers (tankers), Maersk Oil & Gas(offshore support vessels), as well as the Odense Shipyard.

The financial savings for the group are expected to be significant.

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