First of Maersk’s 20 Triple-E class 18,000 TEU capacity docks in Rotterdam as part of maiden voyage
The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, the world’s largest ocean carrier, has made its maiden call at the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s biggest port.
As part of its maiden voyage, the first of 20 Triple-E class 18,000 TEU capacity vessels to be rolled out by Maersk Line brought its first cargo of containers from the Far East to the APM Terminals Rotterdam terminal on Friday.
“We welcome the very impressive future of global shipping here at APM Terminals Rotterdam, where we are ready to meet the challenges of the Ultra-Large Container Ship class vessels with the technology, infrastructure and efficiency these ships, and the shipping companies, require and expect” said APM Terminals’ Europe portfolio manager Ben Vree.
According to APM Terminals, its Rotterdam facility also set a new productivity record on the vessel with berth productivity of 215 gross moves per hour and crane productivity of 37.1 gross moves per hour.
The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, which was formally launched on June 17th, at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, entered into service on July 15th at the South Korean port of Busan, with calls at Shanghai and Yantian, China, and the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia.
The Rotterdam call will be followed by stops at APM Terminals Global Terminal Network facilities in Bremerhaven, Germany, Aarhus, Denmark, Gothenburg, Sweden and Tangiers, Morocco.
The remaining 19 Maersk Line Triple- E class vessels, also for use on the Far East/Europe trade route, will be delivered through the summer of 2015.