On The World’s Largest Ship


How does it feel to see the largest ship in the world? Amazing!
How does it feel to be in the largest ship in the world? Thrilled!

In early fall 2013 (September), me and three of my colleagues went to see the biggest ship in the world, MAERSK Line‘s first Triple E vessel (Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller), anchored nicely by Langeline harbour in Copenhagen. The ship, as its company’s main business, was built to serve as container transport ship, bringing goods to all over the world. Thanks to MAERSK company which had allowed public to see both the exterior and interior of this majestic ship, for free.

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The Tour

The tour on triple E ship lasted approximately 1 hour. We had to wait in line for a while before stepping high scaffolding stairs to manage the top entrance of the ship. I saw many visitors, the young and old, and kids, and groups of handsome danish marine students who seemed to have study tour there.

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The four of us couldn’t just wonder around as spots of tours had been routed. Things which amazed me was that this gigantic ship needs only 22 crews on normal condition or 34 for maximum. Very efficient. We could also see the cabin where the crew sleep, the theater room, gym, and swimming pool. These were not luxury, but appropriate enough to entertain and satisfy crews during long journey.

What will happen to the crew members and the ship, in case pirates hijack the ship?
Looking on its size, it doesn’t seem easy to hijack this ship. A colleague of mine also informed that the ship has an automatic lock-up system which will lock the crews inside safely with supplies of foods and water enough for a month or two.

Maersk Triple-E class specification:

Length = 400 meters
Height = 73 meters
Beam = 59 meters
Deadweight = 192,800 tonnes
Maximum speed = 23 knots (43km/h)
#Crew = 22 (normal); 34 (maximum)

And while its size will certainly continue to be the focal point of attention, the triple E is much more than just another big ship. From its U-shaped hull and bulbous bow – ideal for slower operating speeds – to its two-engine, two propeller propulsion system and more forward bridge placement, the triple-E enables maximum efficiency in terms of cargo carried as well as fuel consumption.

The name triple-E is not just a name; it stands for:

Economy of scale
Energy Efficiency
Environmentally improved

Economy of Scale

The triple E can carry 18,000 TEU containers. TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) is a standard unit for describing ships cargo capacity. To imagine how massive items this ship can carry, one TEU for example can carry 8,000 pairs of sneakers. Meaning, 18,000 TEU can carry 144 million pairs of sneakers!

Here is another illustration of the amount of iPad that Triple E can carry

MAERSK has definitely developed such a great improvement by launching triple-E. To give idea how big this ship compared to other vessels the company has built, you can see the following image:

Energy Efficiency

The idea for triple-E is simple: move at a slower speed. A small change in knots cut fuel consumption and lowers CO2 emissions, The triple-E id designed to be efficient across vessel operation. Twin 32MW (43.000hp) diesel engines drive two propellers at lower design speed than traditional container vessels, reducing fuel consumption by 37% and CO2 emissions per container also by 37%.

Moreover, the triple-E produces only 3 grams of CO2 to transport 1 tonne of goods/ km. Compared to other means of transports:

Environmentally Improved

It’s not over yet. This vessel is also a recyclable ship. An online inventory of the materials used to build the ship is being developed. This ‘Cradle-to-Cradle Passport’ will make it possible to locate and recycle 95% of the main component of the vessel to an extent and quality far better than today. The high-grade steels of this ship can be reused to build another vessel, while the low-grade steels are useful to make new containers. All coppers can be recycled to manufacture electricity socket.

Proud of this ship. Another signature of Denmark.

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