Maersk’s behemoth named at Felixstowe

The Triple-E class Marchen Maersk, has been officially named in a ceremony at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain.

The 18,000 TEU mega ship is operated on Maersk Line’s Asia-Europe service.

The naming ceremony was performed by Mrs Melanie Collins, wife of Adam Collins who is the Managing Director of PFE Express Limited, the forwarding and logistics company based in Witham.

Commenting on the ceremony, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of HPH Europe division Clemence Cheng, said:

“Maersk Line has a long-term relationship with the Port of Felixstowe and we are honoured that the naming ceremony was held here. The Marchen Maersk is the 17th maiden call we have had by one of Maersk’s Triple-E vessels this year.

“The Triple-Es, with their efficiency, economies of scale and environmental benefits, are an embodiment of our business. It is fitting that some of our customers, the lifeblood of our business, are able to be a part of such an event at the Port of Felixstowe, which is a key partner in the services we offer,” said Managing Director of Maersk Line UK & Ireland, Brian Godsafe.

The Marchen Maersk is the 46th ship of 18,000 TEU or more to call at the port so far this year. The port’s ability to handle these huge ships is expected to be further improved when the Berth 9 extension is completed at the end of the year. The 190 metre extension will take the total berth length at the port to 3,900 metres.

Maersk Line’s Triple-E class has set a new standard for vessel size on the Asia-Europe trade, since they were first introduced in 2013. They are 399 metres long and have a maximum draught of 16 metres.

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