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The World’s Largest Ship: Maersk Triple-E

Diesel Power Fuels the Mega-Shipping Industry

Text By Jason Thompson, Photography by Courtesy Of A.P. Moller-Maersk Group

The Danish company Maersk Line recently signed a contract with Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering to build 10 Triple-E shipping vessels. When they are finished, these will be the largest oceangoing ships ever created and are designed to each hold 18,000 20-foot containers. This is 16 percent more capacity than today’s largest container vessels. The Triple-E name stands for economy of scale, energy efficiency, and environmentally improved. The specific diesel engines have not been announced, but many industry experts believe two MAN G-Type ultra-long-stroke diesels (producing about 42,204 hp each) will get the nod.

Economy of Scale
According to Maersk Line, 90 percent of all goods in world trade are transported in 20-foot containers. Therefore, increased shipping capacity means more freight hauled with less energy being spent. The economics of this suggest a 20 to 30 percent cost reduction because the amount of product moved goes way up per trip.

The dimensions of the new Triple-E ship will not be significantly increased beyond the second largest ship on the sea. Instead, an innovative U-shaped hull and rearranged engine setup will be used to create the extra space.

Triple-E Spec:
Vessel: Triple-E
Owner: Maersk Line
Manufacturer: Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering
Scheduled for delivery: 2013
Cost: $190 million per vessel
Length: 437.44 yards (400 meters)
Beam (width): 193.57 feet (59 meters)
Height: 79.83 yards (73 meters)
Draught: 47.57 feet (14.5 meters)
Deadweight: 165,000 metric tons
Reefer container capacity: 600
Top speed: 23 knots
Crew: Normal operation 19 (possible to operate with 13)

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By Jason Thompson
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