Monday, September 30, 2013

Maersk Line Triple E Class

 The Triple-E is about more than size, though in fact, the name refers to the three main purposes behind the creation,  Economy of scale, Energy efficiency and Environmentally improved.   Four-hundred meters long, 59 meters wide and 73 meters high, displacement is 55,000 tones empty. 

Propulsion is a twin-skeg design: It has twin diesel engines, each driving a separate propeller a ultra-long stroke two-stroke engines running at 80 rpm.  A slower speed of 19 knots is targeted as the optimum, compared to the 23–26 knots of similar ships. The top speed would be 25 knots but steaming at 20 knots would reduce fuel consumption by 37%, and at 17.5 knots fuel consumption would be halved. These slower speeds would add 2–6 days to journey times.

The 20 new vessels will be deployed on the vital Asia to Europe trade at a cost of $185 million each.  The largest operating unit in A.P. Moller – Maersk Group by revenue and staff (around 25,000 employees in 2012) is Maersk Line.  In 2013 the company described itself as the world's largest overseas cargo carrier and operated over 600 vessels with 3.8 million Twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) unit container capacity.
A.P. Moller – Maersk Group is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Odense Steel Shipyard was a Danish shipbuilding company located in Odense.  It was best known for building container ships for its parent group, A.P. Moller – Maersk Group.  The first yard was opened in 1918–1919 by the A.P. Møller company.  A new yard with bigger and better facilities was constructed 1957–1959 on a new site located in Munkebo a few kilometers outside of Odense proper.  Odense Steel Shipyard was the largest yard within the Odense Steel Shipyard Group, which also consisted of two yards and an engineering company, all situated in the Baltic. Since 1996 the Yard built some of the world's largest container ships; including the Mærsk E-class with a nominal capacity of 15,550 TEU (originally declared as 11,000 TEU), the highest equivalent number of any vessel for that time.

The collapse in world shipping as a result of the Great Recession led Maersk to announce in January 2009 that Odense would concentrate on smaller ships but in May 2009 they announced that they would be closing the yard altogether and putting Baltija Shipyard in Lithuania up for sale.  The last newbuild from Lindø was No.714 Niels Juel, a frigate for the Royal Danish Navy, which was delivered in January 2012.

Daewoo Shipbuilding yard

Today, Maersk chose Daewoo to build its latest and largest design, the Triple E class with a nominal capacity of 18,000 TEU, as the Asian shipyard was more competitive.  Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd (DSME) Korean: is the second largest shipbuilder in the world and one of the "Big Three" shipbuilders of South Korea.



Ship spotting Rotterdam

On Sept. 13th, Fred Vloo uploaded this vid of ship spotting at Rotterdam, it's the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. Starting as a dam constructed in 1270 on the Rotte River, Rotterdam has grown into a major international commercial center.  Its strategic location at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the North Sea and at the heart of a massive rail, road, air and inland waterway distribution system extending throughout Europe is the reason that Rotterdam is often called the "Gateway to Europe".

Great filming is done by Fred here and he does catch one of Maersk's Triple-E Class during the shoot.

Fred Vloo

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