The achievements of legendary Danish shipowner Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller (98) have been celebrated during a lunch held in his honour at London’s Baltic Exchange, in an occasion marking his 20 years as a Life Honorary Member of the Exchange.
Welcoming Mr Mc-Kinney Møller to the Baltic Exchange, its Chairman Mark Jackson said: “It is a delight that you have been able to accept our invitation and I very much hope that you will feel that you are back among friends.”
Referring to Mr Mc-Kinney Møller’s speech of 1991 when he accepted his Life Honorary Membership, Mark Jackson said: “During your speech in October 1991 you talked about the professionalism of the Baltic membership; their thoroughness and attention to detail, but nonetheless the way in which everyone was expected to stand by the arrangements they had agreed verbally. I am pleased to say that the Baltic still demands these standards of behaviour and remains a firm proponent of the highest possible standards in all matters in shipping.”
Mr Mc-Kinney Møller first visited the Baltic Exchange in 1936 as an apprentice to the British shipping firm H.Hogarth & Sons. AP Møller -Maersk has conducted its business through Baltic Exchange members since the early 20th century and its London company has been a member since 1951.
Previous recipients of Baltic Exchange life membership awards have included International Maritime Organization Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos (2010), Sammy Ofer (2009), the Duke of Edinburgh (1953) and Winston Churchill (1954).