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Marine Log

February 26, 2007

Maersk plans job cuts at Odense yard

The management of Maersk Group's Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd. in Denmark is to initiate negotiations for a reduction in the number of white collar employees due to difficulties in obtaining new orders.

According to the management, the cuts may total around 140 salaried employees in the administration, design and engineering departments.There will be a continued need for approximately 440 salaried employees and efforts towards obtaining new orders will continue.

The yard presently employs approximately 575 salaried and 2,600 hourly-paid employees.

The management and employee representatives will immediately initiate negotiations, and a negotiation committee will be established in order to reduce the impact of the contemplated reductions.

The yard says it is open to all proposals, including establishing a job center, to reduce the impact of the contemplated reductions of the labor force.