KOREA: Maersk to build "super-container vessels"
By just-style.com | 8 April 2011
The Maersk shipping line has signed a contract worth up to nearly US$6bn to build up to 30 huge container vessels with Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.
Ten of the vessels, called the "Triple-E" class, will be built for delivery in 2013-15, at a cost each of $190m, with an option for an additional 20 ships.
Maersk said the ships were named after their three "main purposes... economy of scale, energy-efficient and environmentally improved.
Four hundred metres long, 59m wide and 73m high, the ships will be the largest vessels of any type on the water, 16% larger than today's largest container vessel, Emma Maersk.
They will have a capacity of 18,000 20ft containers, but will produce 20% less carbon dioxide per vessel than Emma Maersk, and will consume about 35% less fuel per container than other new vessels scheduled for imminent delivery.