Maersk Line celebrated on Wednesday evening, 15 June 2011, its 60 Year Anniversary as a company in Thailand. June 15 was the exact date when – back in 1951 – Maersk Bangkok Branch was incorporated in Thailand after a brief period of being represented by an agent.
The anniversary reception took place at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in Bangkok.
The Danish Ambassador to Thailand, Mikael Hemniti Winther congratulated the company with its achievements over the years. In a very personal speech, the Ambassador mentioned how honored he was to be selected to address the guests on an occasion like this – and how proud it made him feel to represent Denmark.
The Ambassador was followed on the podium by Maersk Line’s Chief Executive for the Asia Pacific Region, Mr. Thomas Riber Knudsen. He highlighted the amazing fact, that when Maersk started its operations in Thailand, the shipping industry had not yet invented the container. Apart from that, Mr. Knudsen was more eager to talk about the future.
Currently, Maersk is busy finding out, how buying shipping services could be made as simple as when we buy a book or when we book an airline ticket on the internet. He also asked why it should not be possible to deliver goods on time every time. And he asked why Maersk should not follow the highest environmental standard.
Maersk Line Thailand’s Managing Director Thomas Lindy Sorensen invited the clients and suppliers and others to help Maersk with input how to change the way we think about the shipping industry on a website set up for the same purpose:
Finally, on behalf of Maersk Line’s clients, Mr. Aswin Techajaroenvikul, President of Berli Jucker Public Co., Ltd. – which had played a role in the formation of Maersk back in 1951 – congratulated Maersk with its anniversary.
The evening was well visited and Maersk offered the many guests a delicious buffet and an endless stream of canapes accompanied with music from a live band.