Building the worlds biggest ship

Maersk Line is hard at work building the world’s largest container vessel – the Triple-E class - with a capacity of 18,000 twenty-foot containers (TEU). And once again the shipping company will break its own world record.

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Four-hundred metres long, 59 metres wide and 73 metres high, the 20 new vessels will be deployed on the vital Asia to Europe trade.

The Triple-E is about more than size, though. In fact the name refers to the three main purposes behind the creation — Economy of scale, Energy efficiency and Environmentally improved.

The Triple-E at a glance:

  • The Triple-E will emit 20% less CO2 per container moved compared to the Emma Maersk, currently the world’s largest container vessel, and 50% less than the industry average on the Asia-Europe trade lane.
  • The vessels will be equipped with a waste heat recovery system, saving up to 10% of main engine power. This equals the average annual electricity consumption of 5,000 European households.
  • Triple-E vessels travel 184 kilometres using 1 kWh of energy per ton of cargo, whereas a jumbo jet travels half a kilometre using the same amount of energy per ton of cargo.

The first 10 vessels will be delivered in 2013 and 2014, with the remaining scheduled for delivery in 2014 and 2015.

The ships will be built by Koreas Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd.

Learn more about the Triple-E class and follow the construction progress here.