Estelle Mærsk

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Estelle Maersk leaving Rotterdam.
Name: Estelle Mærsk
Owner: Mærsk Line
Port of registry: Hellerup, Denmark
Builder: Odense Steel Shipyard
Yard number: 204
Launched: 2006
Identification: IMO number: 9321495
Status: Operational
General characteristics
Class and type: Mærsk E-class container ship
Tonnage: 170,794 GT
Length: 1,302.5 ft (397.0 m)
Beam: 183.7 ft (56.0 m)
Depth: 98.4 ft (30.0 m)
Installed power: Wärtsilä diesel engine; 85,000 kw
Crew: 13

Estelle Mærsk is a container ship owned and run by the Mærsk Line. She was, in 2009, the largest ever built by terms of gross tonnage. Estelle Mærsk has a capacity of 11,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), including around 1,000 40 feet (12 m) reefer containers, though a maximum capacity of 13,500 TEU is claimed. She is identical to the seven other ships in the Maersk PS-Class, the first built of which was Emma Maersk.

The Estelle Mærsk is 1,302.5 feet (397.0 m) long and has a gross register tonnage of 151,687. Her beam (width) is 183.7 feet (56.0 m).[1] She is powered by a Wärtsilä diesel engine, assisted by a waste heat recovery system, that can produce between 80,000 and 90,000 kilowatts of power. A coat of environmentally safe silicone paint is used on the hull below the waterline, reducing drag and thus increasing speed and saving up to 1,200 tons of fuel per year. Estelle Mærsk was built by Odense Steel Shipyard of Denmark in 2006.[2] Mærsk claim that these technologies, and staying below 10 knots whenever possible, reduce emissions by around 25% compared to other ships.[1]

An older ship of the same name was attacked with rocket propelled grenades by Iranians near Dubai in 1987,[3] many years before the current Estelle was built.


  1. ^ a b Harrabin, Roger (18 September 2009). "Harrabin's notes: Shipping out". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  2. ^ IHS Fairplay (2010). Register of Ships. Surrey, RH1 1UP, United Kingdom: IHS Fairplay. p. 2224. ISBN 978-1-906313-41-8. 
  3. ^ "Iran raids 2 tankers, sets ships ablaze". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Dec 7, 1987. Retrieved 2009-09-18.