The first of Maersk’s 20-strong Triple E vessels is currently undergoing sea trials in Korea.
The ship has been named Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller after the son of the founder of A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, Arnold Peter Moller, and his American mother, Chastine Estelle Mc-Kinney.
The series is being built at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering’s Ogpo Bay yard on Geoje Island, South Korea, at a cost of $190 million per vessel. Each ship is 399.25 meters long, 73 meters high and offers capacity of 18,270 TEUs.
The “Triple E” name is derived from the economy of scale, energy efficiency and environmental improvements Maersk claims the vessels will offer because of a range of design innovations including a new hull design and energy-efficient engine and waste heat recovery systems that will reduce fuel consumption per container by 35 percent compared to Maersk’s previous largest vessels — the E-series that offer 15,500-TEU capacity.
Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller’s first port call on the line’s AE10 service is scheduled for July 14 at the Port of Busan, the nearest major port to DSME’s facility.