Liverpool-based Maersk Line Places Order for World’s Biggest Ships

Maersk, the world’s biggest container shipping line, which has its UK headquarters in Liverpool, has placed an order for the largest vessels ever built. The $1.9bn order for 10 triple-E class ships is with Daewoo Shipbuilding of South Korea. Each vessel will measure 1,300ft (400m) long and 190ft (59m) wide and have a capacity of 18,000 TEUs. 

Eivind Kolding, Maersk Line chief executive, said the order was needed to meet anticipated growth of five to eight per cent in the container shipping market, adding that the cost of operating the ships would be 26% less per container moved compared with ships operating today. The new ships will sail at only 19 knots, rather than their predecessors’ speed of 23 knots to reduce fuel and carbon emissions. A further 20 vessels are optioned.

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