Axel Mærsk

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Name: Axel Maersk
Operator: A. P. Moller-Maersk Group
Ordered: 2002
Builder: Lindo Shipyards
Launched: 2003
Status: Currently in service
General characteristics
Class and type: container ship
Length: 352 m (1,155 ft)
Beam: 43 m (141 ft)
  • HSD Sulzer 12RTA96C engine
  • 76,200 hp (56,800 kW)
  • 25.4 knots (47 km/h) (maximum)
  • 23.9 knots (44 km/h) (cruising)
  • 9,000 containers (company statistics)
  • 9,350 containers (IMO calculations)

The Axel Maersk (or Axel Mærsk) is a Danish merchant ship. The container ship is part of the fleet of the Maersk Line. The container ship has a length of 352.00 m (1,154.86 ft) and a beam of 43.00 m (141.08 ft). The deadweight of the container ship is 109,000 metric tons with a gross tonnage of 93,496 gross tons, which gives enough capacity for 9,000 containers, according to the company's requirements.

History and facts[edit]

The container ship Axel Maersk was built in 2003 in the ship-yard of the Maersk Line in Odense, Denmark. The flag of Axel Maersk is also in Denmark. Axel Maersk was ordered in 2002 and completed in the beginning of 2003. The MMSI of the container ship is 220187000, the IMO number is 9260419 and the call sign is OUUY2.

The ship has a large capacity of more than 9,000 TEUs. For this, the vessel needs a strong and reliable main engine. The one chosen for Axel Maersk is HDS Sulzer 12RTA96C with full power of 76,200 hp (56,800 kW). This is enough for the container ship to reach the speed of 25.4 knots (maximum speed) and 23.9 knots (44.3 km/h) cruising speed.


Maersk Lines built the ship in an environmentally friendly fashion, aware of the requirements limiting pollution as required by MARPOL. The Axel Maersk was created with the most modern technology, in order to decrease the CO2 emissions from the engine. Also, the paint was designed to decrease water resistance. The cargo stowage is easier and more secure, so as to prevent losing any containers.

Bridge equipment[edit]

The Axel Maersk follows all IMO requirements for bridge equipment. This can be seen from the modern ARPA system and Radar plotting system. Also the GPS shows the ship's position with an accuracy of 10 meters. The autopilot follows the course within an accuracy of up to 1 degree. The electronic chart plots the ship's position every five minutes, and the company's requirements for officers are to plot her position every five minutes while close to the shore.

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