Discovery Channel to broadcast Maersk Triple-E build

In a shipyard in South Korea workers are building the world's largest ships - Maersk Line's 400m long Triple-E container vessels. Maersk and Discovery Channel have teamed up to bring you every stage of construction from design to maiden voyage.

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In this six episode TV-series, Discovery Channel has exclusive access to document every stage of the build; from the design of the vessels unique hull to the construction of the Triple-E's enormous engines and propellers, from the environmental improvements and safety systems to the ship's naming ceremony and maiden voyage on the Asia-Europe route. All angles relating to the ships design, build and launch will be covered – with many sequences in 3D.

The series will also focus on the human side of the Triple-E's development and zoom in on the lives of some of the people involved with the ship including the naval architect, members of the site team supervising the build and the Captain as he trains for his new role and eventually sails the first Triple-E out on its maiden voyage.

"The Triple-E is an exceptional ship, in terms of its size as well as its energy saving technology and design. We're excited about these vessels and proud to have Discovery Channel as a partner for showing how it is built and the people and passion behind it," says Morten Engelstoft, Chief Operating Officer, Maersk Line.

"Discovery always delivers a unique and exclusive perspective on the world's most ambitious engineering projects and the building of the world's largest ship is no exception. The Triple-E's scale is unprecedented and we're glad our audience will be able watch these mighty ships being built, and launched, on Discovery." Dan Korn, SVP and Head of Programming at Discovery Networks, West Europe.

Produced by Windfall Films "The World's Largest Ship" will air on Discovery Channel in November of 2013. For the latest information, please visit the brand new website,, where you can watch a time lapse video of the building of the Triple-E. The video consists of 50,000 photos taken over 3 months.

Notes to Editors:
The 20 ships are called the 'Triple-E' class for the three main purposes behind their creation — economy of scale, energy efficiency and environmentally improved — the ships will set a new industry benchmark for size and fuel efficiency. Four-hundred metres long, 59 metres wide and 73 metres high, the Triple-E is the largest vessel of any type on the water today. Its 18,000 TEU (twenty-foot container) capacity is large enough to hold 111 million pairs of sneakers.

Additional Information:
The world's largest ship has its own website and it has been re-launched today, 18 March, with new content. On the Triple-E site,
Time lapse! Watch a Triple-E get built in just minutes.

Watch the Discovery Channel episodes. Once the six episodes have aired on television in November 2013, they will be available on

Regularly updated with new content, including photos, videos and stories about the vessels, the seafarers and more.

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