Monday, August 14, 2006

Emma Maersk - The Grand "Dane" of the Sea

World's Largest Container Ship Named "Emma Maersk"

A.P. Moller-Maersk Saturday named the world's largest container ship, the 11,000-TEU declared capacity "Emma Maersk," at the group's Odense Steel Shipyard in Denmark.

Traditionally secretive about its ships, A.P. Moller-Maersk is known to underplay its declared capacity and the "Emma Maersk" is thought to have a capacity ranging from 13,000 TEUs to 15,000 TEUs, based on a reported length of 399 meters (1,310 feet) and 53 meters (174 feet), eclipsing Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries' yet to be built 13,000-TEU design.

The new vessel was named after A.P. Moller-Maersk's Senior Partner Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller's late wife Emma, who died last December.

A.P. Moller-Maersk said that environmentally friendly silicone paint covering the below waterline hull of the vessel will help to reduce water resistance and cut the ship's fuel consumption by 1,200 tons per year.


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