The world’s largest container ship the Maersk Line’s first Triple-E ship, the Maersk McKinney-Moller, 194,849gt, arrived in northern Europe last month on her maiden voyage from the Far East, which had started from Busan, South Korea, on July 15.
The 20 ships of the Triple-E class are being built at the DSME shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, and will be delivered to the Danish company over the next two years.
The Triple E ships will call at: Gdansk, Aarhus, Gothenburg, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Tangiers, Singapore, Yantian, Hong Kong. Kwangyang, Ningbo, Shanghai, and Tanjung Pelepas.
With a length of 400m and a beam of 59m, each ship will be able to carry the equivalent of 18,000 20ft containers (teu). The ship has accommodation for 34, and can operate with as few as 13, but in service, she will have a crew of about 22. The Maersk Line says that the “E” in the class name refers to the design characteristics: Economy of scale, Energy efficiency and Environmentally improved performance.