Maersk giant breaks 18,000 TEU ceiling

Maersk Line’s Triple E container ship behemoth Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller left the Spain’s Port of Algeciras on Monday loaded with 18,168 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), beating the previous world record held by another Maersk’s Triple E, Maersk Mary, which left the same port back in August 2014 with 17,603 TEUs.

Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller carried the record-breaking load to Tanjung Pelapas in Malaysia.

At the time of its entry into service in 2013, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, the first of 20 Triple E class container ships to be built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), had the largest cargo capacity in TEU of any vessel, and was the longest ship in service worldwide.

With a cargo capacity of 18,270 TEU containers, the ship left the Spanish port with only 102 empty slots.

“Personally I am both very proud, and humbled, to be the Captain of the iconic Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, and to be the first vessel to cross the 18,000 TEU limit. All crew members have shared their excitement with cameras, questions, and off course a lot of planning and calculations,” said Captain Niels Vestergaard Pedersen.

 



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