World’s Largest Container shipPosted: March 3, 2013
In the past ten years the twenty-foot container (TEU) capacity on container ships has almost tripled from 6 million in 2002 to 17 million TEU capacity in 2012. The recent crisis has put millions of that capacity idle and although the shipping demands are going upwards again, the opinions about the industry picking up again are still divided.
MAERSK is the largest shipping operator in the world (fifteen percent market share ) and is determined to be ready for their expected 5-8 % growing demand with its Triple-E, an 18 000 TEU container vessel.
Triple-E will be the largest container ship ever built and is based on three key concepts: Economies of scale, Energy efficiency and Environmentally proved. MAERSK claims these ships will reduce CO2 emissions by over 50 percent and has ordered 20 of them, which will have been delivered by 2015.
You can find all about the Triple-E on its impressive promotion website.
An interesting article about the developments of container ships can be found on the BBC website.
I am eagerly awaiting the first delivery in July 2013, are you?