Cultural custodian of the A.P. Moller and Maersk names and values


We are guided by the principles established by our founder A.P. Møller and his family

A.P. Moller Holding invests in and builds businesses that have a positive impact on society – ‘nyttig virksomhed’. We are the parent company of the A.P. Moller Group and the investment arm of the A.P. Moller Foundation.

We aspire to drive the long-term shareholder value of our businesses. Through engaged ownership, we leverage our founding family’s core values, company insights and global networks, to set our businesses up for success, while supporting local communities.


Our core values are a constant in an ever-changing world

We are guided by our five core values that have been established and lived by generations of the Maersk family.

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Five generations of owners embracing entrepreneurship and values based ownership

The founding family of the A.P. Moller Group has engaged in shipping, transportation and trade for more than 150 years. From sail to steam to the diesel engine, and today towards a new era of greener propulsion. From general cargo to containers, tankers and a broad range of marine service vessels. From tramp shipping to also liner shipping. From port to port transportation to point to point logistics and digital platforms.

Peter Mærsk Møller

(1836-1927) A captain, who spent most of his career at sailing ships. Peter Mærsk Møller moved into steamships in 1886 and acquired part ownership in SS Laura – a pivotal decision for the future of his family.

Arnold Peter Møller

(1876-1965) The founder of the A.P. Moller Group – together with his father – initially in shipping, but soon expanding into other industries. A.P. Møller established today’s long-term ownership structure.

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller

(1913-2012) Worked closely with his father for the expansion of the Group’s activities and later became the CEO and Chairman of the Group. Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller remained highly active until he passed away in 2012.

Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla

(1948-) Worked closely with her father from the mid 80s onwards. Ane Uggla is currently the Chairman of the A.P. Moller Foundation and A.P. Moller Holding.

Robert Maersk Uggla

(1978-) CEO of A.P. Moller Holding and a member of the Board of Directors in A.P. Moller Maersk. Robert M. Uggla joined the Group in 2004 and assumed the CEO post in A.P. Moller Holding in September 2016.


Our journey started more than 130 years ago

In 1886, Peter Mærsk Møller acquired SS Laura with the financial support of family and partners. Almost two decades later, Peter Mærsk Møller established the Steamship Company Svendborg together with his son A.P. Møller. The Steamship Company Svendborg was the forerunner of our Group. Our history is a tale of global entrepreneurship, constant care and societal engagement. Dive into our history by clicking the links below each article.



Based on more than 20 years of experience as a captain on sailing ships, Peter Mærsk Møller acquired the small steamer 'Laura' and took the family company from sail to steam.

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A.P. Møller, strongly supported by his father, captain Peter Mærsk Møller, established the Steamship Company Svendborg, the forerunner of today’s A.P. Moller - Maersk.

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A.P. Møller founded the Steamship Company of 1912. The objective was to create a base for growth.

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A.P. Møller set up a small office to act as the manager of the fleets of the Svendborg and 1912 companies. The first transactions in brokerage of ships and cargoes took place.



A.P. Møller was asked by the Danish government to take up the chairmanship of Danske Bank. He remained the chairman until 1952, taking the bank from public to private ownership. During this time, A.P. Møller and the shipping companies invested in the bank.



Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller became a partner in “Firmaet A.P. Møller”.

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The A.P. Moller Foundation was established to ensure a long-term, stable ownership structure of the Maersk activities. A.P. Møller was the chairman, and Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was a board member.

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A.P. Møller, together with the Steamship Company Svendborg and the Steamship Company of 1912, was awarded the concession for exploration and extraction of raw materials in the Danish underground.



Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller became senior partner and chairman of the Svendborg and 1912 companies, the shipyard, other companies and the foundations after his father, A.P. Møller’s death on 12 June 1965.



The direction for the next 45 years of expansion was laid in a strategy for The A.P. Moller Group.

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Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla became a member of the board of the A.P. Moller Foundation, today’s owner of A.P. Moller Holding.

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After 28 years at the helm of the Group, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller stepped down from daily management. Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller remained chairman of the Foundations, the Svendborg and 1912 companies and the Odense Steel Shipyard.



Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller retired from most chairmanships in the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group. Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla became the co-chairman of A.P. Moller - Maersk. Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller introduced the five Core Values, based on his father’s leadership principles.



Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla became the chairman of the A.P. Moller Foundation when Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller died on 16 April 2012.



A.P. Moller Holding was established to act as the investment arm of the A.P. Moller Foundation. The majority ownership of A.P. Moller - Maersk was transferred to A.P. Moller Holding from the A.P. Moller Foundation. Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla became the chairman of A.P. Moller Holding.



Adding to its 2.98% holding, A.P. Moller Holding acquired 15% of Danske Bank’s total share capital as part of A.P. Moller – Maersk’s divestment of the same. Following the 15% acquisition, A.P. Moller Holding bought an extra 2.02% to fulfill the ambition of a total ownership of 20%.



Robert M. Uggla became the CEO of A.P. Moller Holding. A.P. Moller - Maersk was restructured into two independent divisions; an integrated Transport & Logistics division and an Energy division.



The Africa Infrastructure Fund was established by A.P. Moller Capital, which was founded to manage stand-alone funds focusing on infrastructure in emerging markets. Maersk Tankers was acquired by A.P. Moller Holding from A.P. Moller - Maersk.



Maersk Oil was divested from A.P. Moller - Maersk to Total S.A.



At the public listing of Maersk Drilling, A.P. Moller Holding retained a 41.26% share of the company. A.P. Moller Holding acquired KK Group.


The corporate home of A.P. Moller Holding

Esplanaden 19 was built in 1873 to accommodate the Royal Danish Nautical Chart Archives. In 1992, our Group purchased the building and, over the years, a number of Maersk entities have occupied the house.

In 2019, A.P. Moller Holding moved in and named the building ‘A.P. Møller House’ after our founder A.P. Møller (1876-1965). By then, the building had undergone extensive renovation to create a welcoming and dynamic work environment with functional facilities. The art, furniture and interior were carefully selected to reflect our heritage and values.

The renowned Swedish painter Mamma Andersson has created an in situ work of art especially for the atrium. The wall painting measures 12x4 metres and wraps the atrium in a dreamlike landscape inspired by Nordic nature and light.

A.P. Møller House is located next to the A.P. Moller Foundations and A.P. Moller - Maersk, creating a corporate campus for many of our Group’s activities.

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How to find us

Postal address

A.P. Møller Holding A/S
Esplanaden 50
1263 Copenhagen K

Visiting address

A.P. Møller Holding A/S
Esplanaden 19
1263 Copenhagen K





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