World's biggest ships

On July 30th, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

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When the world's biggest container ship was launched at South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard on June 14, a new era began in the competitive container trade. The MV Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller is the first of 20 "Triple-E" class container vessels ordered for the Asia-Europe route by Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk Group.

Everything about this leviathan is oversized: 400m long - 70m more than the height of Auckland's Sky Tower; reaching 14.5m below the waterline; able to carry containers stacked 20 high; with a total capacity of 18,270 20-foot containers (the Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit, or TEU, the size of a 20-foot container, is the standard industry measurement).

The ship is more than four times the size of the largest container vessels that now visit New Zealand.

The Triple-E name describes three key attributes: energy efficiency, better environmental performance and economies of scale. It is a new industry benchmark designed to handle the roller coaster container industry.

You may read full article on the "Sea Monsters- the world's biggest ships" at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10903224

By Peter Huck for The New Zealand Herald

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