Maersk, the Danish shipping giant, took delivery of the Madrid Maersk on Tuesday from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). According to the maritime analyst Alphaliner, the Madrid Maersk has a capacity of 20,568 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), making her the world’s largest container ship by TEU carrying capacity on the oceans.
The 196,000 gross-ton Madrid Maersk features a length of 399 meters and a width of 58.6 meters.
The ship constructors increased the depth of the vessel, allowing her to carry 12 tiers stowed on the deck. Also the width is improved to accommodates 24 bays and 23 rows of containers across the weather deck. However, with the new generation vessel has the bridge moved two bays toward the bow, optimizing the cargo capacity and makes the vessel easier for stowage.
The delivery of the Madrid Maersk comes just two weeks after Japanese container shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) took delivery of the previous record holder the 20,170 teu MOL Triumph, from Samsung Heavy Industries in Geoje, South Korea. The MOL Triumph measures 400 meters in length, 58.8 meters in beam and is currently on its maiden voyage.
Madrid Maersk is the first of Maersk’s second generation mega container ships called the EEE Mark II. Maersk ordered 11 of the vessels in 2015 at a total cost of $1.8 billion and the delivery of the remaining 10 Triple-E Mark II’s is expected by mid 2018.
In container shipping supersizing era, the next record-breaker, will be the 21,100 TEU vessel of Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), which is expected to be delivered from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) soon.
SHI says it inked the order from OOCL on April 1 for six units of 21,100 TEU for a total cost of US$950 million.
The six ship’s for OOCL will measure 400 meters long and will also be equipped with a number of energy-saving systems, including propellers, rudder bulbs and stators.