It’s too soon to know whether the proposed reorganization of Danish shipping giant Maersk will affect Puget Sound ports, said Northwest Seaport Alliance spokeswoman Tara Mattina.
Maersk announced Thursday its plan to separate its businesses into two groups: shipping and energy. The reorganization will allow the company’s energy arm to focus on oil, particularly in the North Sea.
“Maersk Oil will aim to strengthen its portfolio through acquisitions or mergers,” Maersk said in its news release.
The company also said the shift will allow it to be more efficient on the transport side of the business.
In Puget Sound, Maersk’s ships call at Terminal 46 in Seattle. Part of Maersk’s business includes APM Terminal in Tacoma, where Maersk used to call before 2009, Mattina said.
“Keep in mind that the shipping lines are trying to form new alliances to begin in April, pending (Federal Maritime Commission) approval. That’s likely to influence all of this, too,” Mattina said in an email.
For instance, Hyundai Merchant Marine has proposed joining Maersk and MSC in its current alliance, called 2M.