Maersk Vessel Breaks Thames Record


The Munkebo Maersk ‘TripleE’ has become the largest ship ever to sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway, UK.

The 399 metre long Triple-E class mega-ship is capable of carrying more than 18,300 TEU and is one of the largest container ships in the world.

DP World London Gateway enables ships of this size and bigger to berth closer to two thirds of the UK market, with quay cranes that are among the tallest in the world, thereby removing unnecessary supply chain costs.

Chief Executive of DP World London Gateway, Simon Moore, said: “By welcoming the Munkebo Maersk we have demonstrated again that we are more than capable of handling the world’s biggest container ships, in this case operating on the Asia-Europe routes.

“But ships are only going to get bigger and DP World London Gateway has been built to future proof its operational capacity, delivering efficiency that simply can’t be achieved elsewhere.

“Our weather resilient quay cranes, which are the biggest in the world and able to operate in winds that bring other UK ports to a standstill, can reach across 25 rows of containers and have a superior lift height – both wider and higher than any ship currently in service.”

Cameron Thorpe, Port General Manager of DP World London Gateway, said: “DP World London Gateway’s market-centric port hub, in an unrivalled location and with [a] neighbouring logistics park, is built to handle the biggest ships and cut waste out of the supply chain. That is what we are doing now and will continue to do in the future.”

Brian Godsafe, Managing Director of Maersk Line UK and Ireland, said: “We’re using DP World London Gateway to help ensure the right container equipment is available for our customers in the locations they want it.

“In this instance, that means out in the Far East where they can be used to transport goods across our East-West Network.”

Despite the successful call made by Munkebo Maersk, it is not the largest ship to traverse the oceans, with the MSC Oscar now able to carry around 19,224 TEU – a ship that has recently surpassed the CSCL Globe in TEU capacity.

Concerns have been raised on whether ports and terminals have sufficient yard space or crane technology to accommodate the ever-increasing size of mega-ships.

(Source: DP World)

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