|Maersk Line has signed a contract for 10 of the world’s largest, most efficient container vessels with an option to buy another 20. The vessels will have a capacity of 18,000 TEU and will be delivered from Korea’s DSME shipyard from 2013 to 2015.|
The new, giant container vessels will be known as Triple-E, based on the three main purposes for their creation:
At 400 metres long, 59 metres wide and 73 metres tall, the Triple-E will be the largest vessel of any type known to be in operation. Its 18,000 twenty-foot container capacity is a massive 16 % larger (2,500 TEU) than Emma Mærsk.
At a cost of USD 190 million per vessel — and therefore a contract value of USD 5.7 billion should the option for a further 20 be exercised — Maersk Line is buying the ships to position itself to profit from the 5–8 % growth in trade from Asia to Europe that the company expects, and to maintain its industry leading market share in the trade.
A new benchmark
The new vessels will not just set a new benchmark for size; in addition, they will ensure Maersk Line reaches its goals at the lowest possible cost, while producing the lowest possible amount of CO2 emissions — an astonishing 50 % less CO2 per container moved than the industry average on the Asia–Europe trade.
|“International trade will continue to play a key role in the development of the global economy; but, for the health of the planet, we must continue to reduce our CO2 emissions.”|
“It is not only a top priority for us, but also for our customers, who depend on us in their supply chain, and also for a growing number of consumers who base their purchasing decisions on this type of information,” explains Eivind Kolding.
For more on the Triple-E’s innovative design, energy efficiency and other information — including photos, videos, interactive graphics and other materials — visit the official campaign site: www.maerskline.com/triple-e
The new Triple-E vessel is big enough to fit an ice hockey rink, an American football field and a basketball court
|The most efficient container vessel |
Using the Clean Cargo Working Group’s internationally recognised methodology of grams of C02 emitted per container moved one kilometre, the Triple-E is the most efficient container vessel ever made. Key statistics on CO2 and fuel are: