February 5, 2008
Maersk to cut 200 Danish seafarer jobs
A.P. Moller-Maersk today announced that it is to replace about 200 Danish chief stewards and ratings aboard its Danish flagged container and tanker vessels. They will be replaced with international crew.
The company statement says that, "in order to return to profitability, A.P. Moller - Maersk is focusing on being competitive and cost effective."
"We regret having to dismiss these chief stewards and ratings who have served the company well for many years," says the statement. "The layoffs are a result of the internationalization of the seafarers which has been going on for some years, and reflect the fact that international crew have proven their capabilities and abilities to offer a qualified alternative to the Danish chief stewards and ratings. Today we have to hire seafarers based on cost competitiveness."
Most of the dismissals of ratings will take effect within six months. For the chief stewards, the process will be ongoing into 2009, and during this time Maersk says it will make every effort to find other possibilities within its Group for the affected chief stewards.
Negotiations with Danish seafarer organizations on conditions are taking place.
Maersk says the changes do not impact the recruitment of Danish cadets and that "we still need to employ all the cadets we can get."