Safmarine is an international shipping business offering container and break-bulk shipping services worldwide which was established in 1946 by South African industrialists and American ship owners.  The company has been headquartered and registered in Antwerp (Belgium) since 1996, when it completed its acquisition of the Belgian container line, CMBT, which in turn had been an outgrowth of CMB.  In 1999, Safmarine was bought by the Danish company A.P. Moller-Maersk Group.  Maersk chose to retain the Safmarine brand rather than integrating it wholly into Maersk Sealand.