The Majestic Maersk


  • Date: 11/10/2013

At the invitation of Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen (Head of Cargo Management at Maersk Line), Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club's Risk Management Director and Andrew Kemp, TT Club's EMEA Regional Director travelled to Copenhagen on the 24th September to have a tour aboard one of the new Triple E Class vessels - "Majestic Maersk".

The Majestic Maersk was in Copenhagen to be formally named by The Crown Princess of Denmark and is the second of the 20 new Triple E Class vessels to be brought into service by Maersk.

Over the course of three days 42,000 visitors toured the vessel.

With 18,000 TEU capacity these new vessels are significantly larger than any other container vessel operating.

Some interesting facts:

  • Why is the ship called Triple-E? 
    The three Es correspond to the ship’s main attributes:
    Economy of scale, Energy efficiency and Environmentally improved.
  • What’s the capacity of the Triple-E?
    18,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (or containers). Compared to existing vessels this is a 16% increase in capacity. 

  • What are the dimensions of the Triple-E?
    The Triple-E is 400 metres long, 59 metres wide and 73 metres high.

  • What is the weight of the Triple-E?
    The pure steel weight of the vessel is approximately 55,000 tons. That does not include ballast water, cargo etc.

  • How many crew members does it take to operate a Triple-E?
    The Triple-E will be manned by 22 crew. The crew (engineers and navigators) will receive specific training including five-day simulator training for navigators.

  • Where will the Triple-E sail?
    The Triple-E will sail between Asia and Northern Europe. The list of ports can be found on www.maerskline.com under Services/AE10. It will take 24 to 25 days to sail from Shanghai to Rotterdam on the current trade (AE10).

  • How fast does it sail?
    The Triple-E will sail an average speed of 16 knots (=30 km/hour). This means the Triple-Es will be be slow steaming, like the other vessels on the AE10 string where they will be deployed. The slower the ship sails, the less fuel it will burn. It is cost and energy efficient and better for the environment.

More details, including a video of the building of the ship can be seen at www.worldslargestship.com


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