Friday, September 15, 2006

Emma Maersk Too Big For the Panama Canal! What Does This Say About The Future Plans of A P Moller Maersk and the Industry?

Hmmmm...what do you make of this press release and somewhat stilted admission from our friends at Maersk Line? I love this statement..."we could build some more ships with one row less, or something like that, if necessary..."
Look out are being cut in half by the "big blue." As we move into this lull in the ocean container cycle...over tonnage/low rates/further consolidation...keep an eye on the moves of Maersk. They have had a long history of success in anticipating the market, but this move may be the boldest yet. Is it the right one? You tell me!

New Maersk ship too big for enlarged Panama Canal

Maersk line has acknowledged that the "Emma Maersk," at 56 meters wide, would be too big to use the third set of locks proposed for the Panama Canal in 2014-2015, which are only scheduled to be 55 meters wide.

Speaking at an exclusive press viewing of the new vessel in Rotterdam Wednesday, Eivind Kolding, new joint chief executive officer of Maersk Line, said the new PS class ships are needed for the Asia/Europe trade.

"The new locks at Panama are still some eight years away," he pointed out, explaining that Maersk’s plan was to build eight of the large ships now to form a single loop calling at Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Algeciras, Yantian, Hong Kong, Ningbo, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas and Bremerhaven. The loop will be phased in some time next year when an optimum number of the new ships -- one to be delivered every two months, are in service -- he said.

"When the new Panama Canal locks are built we could build some more ships with one row less, or something like that, if necessary," he suggested.

"Emma Maersk" has 40 to 45-foot cargo bays of mostly 22 rows wide and 18 rows high. Her maximum container intake is clearly somewhere very much closer to adjusted minimum expert estimates of 14,800 TEUs than the official figure of 11,000 TEUs used by Kolding. The ship’s captain refused to comment even on the design deadweight figure of the vessel (her cargo-lifting capacity), saying only that the actual deadweight figure was "still being calculated."

"Emma Maersk" has a service speed of 22 knots on the main engine alone and a draft of 14 meters. Because of her exceptional length, up to 11 shore gantry cranes can work on the ship at one time. The engine installation is the largest, most powerful and most fuel-efficient in the world, driving the largest ship’s propeller ever made.


Blogger DEEPA said...

Hello... I'm currently employed in Maersk Logistics in India. I'm nothing compared to you as I only happen to be an executive customer service girl in my late twenties. But nevertheless I must say I'm very impressed by your blogs... Maersk is my passion and its wonderful to see someone also carrying that same passion. I too blog and people say I write well though I'm not so sure. But the way you write is simply amazing...
I'm saving your site in my list of favs as I want to keep reading anything that you might write about Maersk in future...

Blogger Unknown said...

I saw the "Emma Maersk" on Discovery Channel. I saw that biiiiig ship making. that time, I think, "when I would sit on that big ship?"


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