Tuesday, June 18, 2013

World’s Largest Ship Officially Named

Maersk Line’s newest vessel, which is for now believed to be the largest container vessel in the world, was named June 15 in a ceremony at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in Okpo, South Korea.

The ship now bears the name of the company’s late owner, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, who died in April 2012 at the age of 98. The naming was officially performed by Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller’s youngest daughter.

“As you sail the waters of the world, may your journeys be smooth and your tasks successful,” Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla said to the ship during the naming. “May you bring happiness to your crew, may you be a safe haven for all who board you and may you bring pride and prosperity to all.”

The ship is the first Triple-E vessel – Economy of scale, Energy efficiency and Environmentally improved – to join the Maersk fleet, and has a capacity of 18,000 TEUs. Its launch is the first of five planned for Triple-E vessels in 2013, with several more expected to join the fleet in 2014.

A total of 20 Triple-E vessels are expected to be gradually phased in over the next couple of years on the existing route between Asia and Northern Europe.

Triple-E vessels, according to Maersk, will consume about 35 percent less fuel per container than the 13,100 TEU vessels being delivered to other container shipping lines in these years and will also reduce CO2 emissions by more than 50 percent per container moved, compared to the industry average CO2 performance on the Asia-Europe trade.

A video of the ship’s naming can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/68399450.