Construction Starts on World’s Largest Container Ship

By Keith Henderson at May 24, 2012 07:53
Filed Under: Company News, General, Industry Events


This month saw the steel cutting ceremony of the first of Maersk Line’s Triple-E class of twenty ships at Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME). The Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark joined Mr. Jaeho Ko, the President & CEO of DSME, at the Okpo shipyard to attend the ceremony for the first Hull No. 4250 ordered last year. The first ships are scheduled for delivery next year.


Caption: Maersk’s Triple-E Class of the largest container ships in the world will be sailing in 2013.
Image credit: Maersk

The ‘Triple-E’ class is so called, Economy of scale, Energy efficient and Environmentally improved. This new container vessel class is set establish a new industry standard for fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions per container. It is estimated to produce 50 per cent less emissions than the industry average on the Asia-Europe route. On fuel consumption, 35 percent less fuel per container than the present and future 13,000 TEU vessels on the Asia-Europe service.

The 165,000 dwt vessel has a LOA of 1,300 ft (400 m), beam of 194 ft (59 m) and with a draft of 48 ft (14.5 m) will be too deep to use the Panama Canal, but will be able to transit the Suez Canal on the Europe Asia route. Reduced draft was one the reasons for the adoption of a twin island design with twin engines powering two smaller diameter propellers rather than one large.

The top speed of 23 knots will allow a much lower propulsion power to be used and it is expected that twin MAN B&W G series of ultra long stroke two stroke, slow speed engines of around 32 MW each will be specified.

 


Caption: Reduced draft was one the reasons for the adoption of a twin island design
with twin engines powering two smaller diameter propellers rather than a single large one.
Image credit: Maersk

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am a student in marine engineering  and like to know whats going on in the marine industries i would like if i get help to join maersk ship for even attachment to know more i know maersk is the biggest

Abora michael |     5/26/2012 12:36:32 AM #

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