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In this inaugural episode of The Big Interview Podcast, editor Mike King talks to Maersk’s Morten Bo Christiansen, shipping’s Renaissance Man.

Over the past decade Morten has been tasked with finding solutions to some of the critical challenges facing both his company and the shipping and freight industry. In his previous position as head of strategy, he worked closely with CEO Soren Skou as Maersk ditched its energy business and started its bold ‘transformation’. This was designed to turn ‘Big Blue’ from being a provider of commoditised port-to-port services into a fully fledged container logistics integrator. A strategy that has not been without controversy, as this podcast explores.

If that wasn’t challenging enough, Morten has now stepped up once more to take on arguably an even greater undertaking. As head of decarbonisation at Maersk, his task is multifaceted. While many shipping lines need to understand decarbonisation in relation primarily to vessel design, new fuels and operations, Maersk now needs to apply its decarbonisation strategy to its extended global supply chains as it spends recent windfalls on everything from more warehouses to more freighters.

Episode in more detail

Maersk’s transformation rationale (1.53)

Parcels industry as inspiration (6.27)

Does Maersk still value smaller forwarders as customers? (8.15)

Why Maersk is taking decarbonisation seriously (10.21)

Regulators must step up (15.17)

Betting on methanol (17.48)

Maersk green pledge (23.53)

Why shipping needs a carbon tax (27.01)

Absolute zero vs net zero carbon emissions (29.15)

This podcast is sponsored by: project44 – the world’s most trusted end to end visibility platform

Clip 1: The parcel market inspiration for Maersk’s transformation

Clip 2: Maersk’s forwarding offer

Clip 3: Why Maersk is taking decarbonisation seriously

Clip 4: Why Maersk is backing methanol

Credits: created, produced and hosted by Mike King

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