Shipping: Follow the Star

When his ship Valkyrien foundered on the coast of Scotland in 1883, Danish Captain Peter Maersk MØller thought he saw a seven-pointed star in the sky. Even in that moment of disaster, MØller, an optimist if ever there was one, decided that he had witnessed an omen of good fortune. Apparently he was right: today the family flag, a seven-pointed white star on a light blue field, is known the world over. It flies on 92 freighters, tankers and other vessels of the Maersk Line, over a shipyard and machinery and petrochemical...

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