Our History

Maersk Tankers has carried energy around the world for nearly a century. Our history is the foundation of the business and its future success.

As industrial society became ever more dependent on stable oil supplies, the demand for tanker vessels increased. Aware of a new business opportunity, Mr. A.P. Møller established Maersk Tankers, with the company taking delivery of its first five tankers in 1928.

For many years, transporting crude oil in ever-larger vessels was our main service. The first product tankers were delivered in 1965 and transport of gas began in 1972. At the same time, larger supertankers were ordered; the largest, a series of Ultra Large Crude Carriers (ULCC) with a capacity of nearly 340.000 tonnes, were delivered from Odense Steel Shipyard from 1975-1977.

Maersk Tankers has been a leader in safety at sea, which was demonstrated by the introduction of the world’s first double-hulled supertanker in 1993.

The fleet of VLCCs was divested in 2014 and the last Liquefied Petroleum Gas carrier was sold in 2013, as Maersk Tankers focused its business on product tankers.

In 2016, the Board of Directors of A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S announced that Maersk Tankers was to become an independent company.

On 20 September 2017, it was announced that Maersk Tankers will be acquired by APMH Invest A/S, a subsidiary of A.P. Møller Holding A/S. The transaction was closed on 10 October 2017.

History at a glance

History Emma Maersk

Maersk Tankers takes delivery of its first five tankers, the first of which is Emma Maersk. 

Katrine Maersk, Our History

With 11 crude carriers in service, Maersk Tankers is the largest tanker operator in Scandinavia.

Sine Maersk

The fleet consists of 31 tankers with a combined tonnage of 982,000 tdw. The first two product tankers join the fleet.

Inge Maersk

The first gas tanker enters the Maersk Tankers fleet.


The world’s first double-hull VLCC is delivered to Maersk Tankers.



Sale of the last LPG carrier from the Maersk Tankers fleet.

Maersk Star on vessel

Divestment of the fleet of VLCCs, as Maersk Tankers focuses its business on product tankers. A new strategy is launched, increasing the company’s use of digitisation.

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Under a new leadership team, Maersk Tankers prepares for the separation from A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S. 

Maersk Tangier

On 10 October 2017, Maersk Tankers is acquired by APMH Invest A/S, a subsidiary of A.P. Møller Holding A/S.