Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller (ship)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller passing Port Said in the Suez Canal on its maiden voyage.jpg
MV Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller passing Port Said, Egypt, on its maiden voyage through the Suez Canal in 2013.
Name: Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller
Owner: A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S[1]
Port of registry: Hellerup,  Denmark[1]
Builder: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), South Korea
Cost: $190 million[2]
Laid down: 27 November 2012
Launched: 24 February 2013
In service: 2 July 2013[3][4]
Status: In service
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Maersk Triple E class
Type: Container ship
Length: 399 m (1,309 ft)
Beam: 59 m (194 ft)
Depth: 14.5 m (48 ft)
Installed power: 2 × MAN-B&W 8S80ME-C 9.2 (2 × 29,680 kW (39,800 hp))
Propulsion: Two shafts; fixed-pitch propellers
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
Capacity: 18,270 TEU[7]
Crew: 19 (standard)[8]
Notes: Suezmax[9]

MV Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller is the lead ship of Maersk's Triple E class of container vessels. At the time of its entry into service in 2013, it had the largest cargo capacity in TEU of any vessel, and was the longest container ship in service worldwide.[3][10] Constructed for Maersk by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea, it was launched in February 2013 and entered operational service in July 2013. It was named for Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, the CEO of Maersk between 1965 and 1993.[11] The ship is the first of a class of 20 identical vessels.[4]

Design overview[edit]

Along with its Triple E class sister ships, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was the world's largest and most efficient operational container ship at the time of its completion, totalling 399 metres (1,309 ft) in length and with a cargo capacity of 18,270 TEU containers.[12] Its efficiency is maximized by fuel-efficient engines and a maximum speed of 23 knots, reducing its fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent compared to the previous most efficient cargo vessel.[12] However, due to its size and cost, its efficiency is severely reduced if it is not fully loaded; the shipping analyst Richard Meade asserts that it is "probably the most inefficient ship ever built" when half-loaded.[13] During normal operations, the Møller is manned by a crew of 19, although it has sufficient accommodation for 34 people.[8]


Size comparison of some of the longest ships ever constructed. From top to bottom: Knock Nevis (ex-Seawise Giant), Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Vale Brasil, Allure of the Seas, and USS Enterprise (CVN-65).

The contract for the construction of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was signed on 21 February 2011.[1] Work began with a steel cutting ceremony at the DSME shipyard at Okpo, Geoje, South Korea, on 18 June 2012.[14] The hull was laid down on 27 November 2012 and officially launched on 24 February 2013.[1]

The Møller left the Daewoo shipyards in an operational capacity in July 2013, whereupon it began sea trials.[15] Initially, it was forced to operate well under its maximum cargo capacity, as most ports certified to handle Triple E class vessels at that time lacked gantry cranes tall enough to fully load the ship.[15][13] In August 2013, it made its first transit of the Suez Canal.[9] In January 2014, the Møller arrived at its first operational port of call, Singapore.[16] In November 2014, the Møller was superseded as the world's largest container ship by China Shipping Container Lines' CSCL Globe.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller (13232687)". ABS Record. American Bureau of Shipping. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  2. ^ "18,270-TEU Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Sets Sail". Journal of Commerce. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b Alan Tovey (5 July 2013). "Maersk brings world's largest ship into service". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b "First Triple-E Vessel 'Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller' Delivered". SeaNews Turkey. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller (9619907)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  6. ^ http://www.maersk.com/en/hardware/triple-e/the-hard-facts/the-worlds-largest-ship
  7. ^ "Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller". MarineTraffic.com. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  8. ^ a b "The Triple-E Maersk container ship will be the world's largest ship and the most efficient". Gizmag.com. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Makes Its First Transit through Suez Canal". World Maritime News. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  10. ^ "The world's biggest ship - for 53 days". BBC. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Zwodowano największy na świecie kontenerowiec" (in Polish). Wirtualna Polska. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  12. ^ a b "World's largest ship launches next week". Port Technology International. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Hitching A Ride On The World's Biggest Cargo Ship". NPR. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Korean Shipbuilder Uses "Iron Man" Exosuit to Help Build World's Largest Freighter". DailyTech.com. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  15. ^ a b "New Triple E Maersk class launching below capacity". Wall Street Journal via FreshPlaza.com. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  16. ^ "This week around the world". Stuff.co.nz. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  17. ^ Tovey, Alan (7 January 2015). "A quarter of a mile long and arriving here now - the world's biggest ship docks in Britain". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 January 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller at Wikimedia Commons