Mr. Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller.
One of the leading shipping and port operations logistics firm, AP Moller-Maersk Group, has been thrown into mourning as it announced the death of its leading lights, Mr. Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller.
The Danish port operations and logistic giant which has many subsidiaries across the world, including AP Moller Apapa Limited, the concessionaire of Nigeria’s premier port, Apapa said in a statement that the ship owner died on April 16, 2012.
Though details of the circumstances that led to his death were not disclosed, he was said to have died from protracted illness which took him in and out of hospital several times.
“We are sorry to have to inform you that Partner and shipowner Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller has passed away on 16 April 2012. On behalf of the whole family I wish to express our deep sorrow at the loss of our father, grandfather and great grandfather, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller.
“My sisters and I have lost a father who never failed neither his family nor his business. We are grateful that our father lived a long and eventful life. In his never failing wish to do good, together with many and great initiatives, he made a significant mark on our time.
“On this day, I am compelled to give thanks to all current and previous employees of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group for the loyalty which has been shown to our father throughout the years. Let us respect his memory", a statement issued by the firm and obtained by THISDAY said.
The group said Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller became partner of Firmaet A.P. Møller in 1940, and from his father's death in 1965 he was the executive officer and chairman of the board of the most significant companies in the AP Moller-Maersk Group.
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was the Chief Executive Officer until 1993 and remained the chairman of the board of A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S until 2003.
Until his death, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was the chairman of A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal (The Moller Foundation), A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Familiefond (The Moller Family Foundation) og Den A.P. Møllerske Støttefond, all of which have considerable shareholdings in A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S.
It added that henceforth, Firmaet A.P. Møller includes the following partners namely, Messrs Nils Smedegaard Andersen, Claus V. Hemmingsen and Søren Skou.