Maersk names first Triple-E vessel

  • First in Triple-E series named Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller after late owner of AP Moller Maersk Group

Maersk Line’s first vessel in the much anticipated Triple-E series will be named Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller after the late owner of the company who passed away at the age of 98 in April of last year.

The announcement was made at a ceremony at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, on Friday, where Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla, the youngest daughter of the shipping magnate, was on hand to officially unveil and name the giant vessel.

“I name you Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller,” she said.

“As you sail the waters of the world, may your journeys be smooth and your tasks successful. May you bring happiness to your crew, may you be a safe haven for all who board you and may you bring pride and prosperity to all. I wish you Godspeed!”

The 18,000 TEU capacity Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller is the world’s largest ocean carrier, and along with the other 19 Triple-E vessels on order from DSME will boast unique design features for slower speeds and maximum efficiency. The vessels will emit 50 percent less CO2 per container moved than the current average on the Asia-Europe route, where all 20 Triple-E vessels will be phased in gradually over the next few years.

Guests at Friday’s ceremony also included Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller’s two other daughters, Leise Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller and Kirsten Mærsk Mc-Kinney Olufsen, Danish ambassador to Korea Peter Lysholt Hansen, members of the vessel crew, and representatives from Maersk Line, Maersk Maritime Technology and the DSME shipyard.

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