As Robert Maersk Uggla rose to the fore as permanent successor to Arnold Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, it was stressed how he had inherited his grandfather’s values of taking a long-term view of business.

It did not stop — maybe it helped — him being instrumental in a massive shake-up of AP Moller-Maersk under a new group strategy, and the total restructuring of the family firm that owns a majority of the shares, albeit processes set in motion by his mother when she took charge after the patriarch’s death in 2012.