Madrid Maersk Arrives in Rotterdam


The 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk has called at APM Terminals Rotterdam on its maiden voyage on the Far East-Europe (AE-2) service operated by Maersk Line and Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping’s 2M Alliance.  

Launched in March 2017, it is the first of 11 of the second-generation Maersk Triple-E vessels to be delivered to the global container ship fleet.

APM Terminals operates two terminals at the Port of Rotterdam, which is Europe’s busiest container port, and ranked 13th globally, with 12.3 million TEUs handled in 2016.

APM Terminals Rotterdam, which opened in October 2000, handled 1.36 million TEUs in 2016, and APM Terminals Rotterdam Maasvlakte II handled 700,000 TEUs last year. 

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Mark Cairns, The Netherlands Managing Director for Maersk Line, said: “With this maiden call of Madrid Maersk to Rotterdam, we have yet another opportunity to celebrate our good cooperation with the city, the port and APM Terminals.

“As the latest addition to our modern fleet, this new vessel continues our commitment to serve our customers in The Netherlands and around the world in an even more efficient, environmentally-friendly and sustainable way.”

Hong Kong-based ocean carrier line OOCL recently knocked Maersk from the largest containership top spot after christening the 21,413 TEU OOCL Hong Kong at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard.

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