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Maersk brings world's largest ship into service
Telegraph ^ | 1:15PM BST 05 Jul 2013 | Alan Tovey

Posted on 07/05/2013 9:53:09 AM PDT by Pan_Yan

Shipping group Maersk is bringing the world's largest ship into service this month - but the vessel's sheer size could mean beginning its working life under capacity.

The company has taken delivery of the first of 10 massive "Triple E" container ships each measuring 1,312ft long and capable of holding more than 18,000 standard 20ft shipping containers.

Capable of carrying 16pc more cargo than Maersk's largest vessel currently plying the oceans, the Triple E class was designed to cut costs through economies of scale.

However, the new ship - named Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller - might not deliver those cost savings just yet as several of the just 16 ports certified to handle such a huge vessel have the facilities to its full capacity.

With the Triple E class standing 20 storeys high, not all of these ports have cranes high enough to fully load the vessel.

As a result, when the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller sets sail on its maiden voyage plying the Asia-Europe sealanes on July 16 it is expected to be carrying a maximum of 14,000 containers - a fifth short of its full load - until the ports it calls at can upgrade their facilities.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: freighter; maersk; ship; shipping

1 posted on 07/05/2013 9:53:09 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Designing a ship that’s too big to be handled by the ports.

That’s like building an SUV that’s too wide for the highways.


2 posted on 07/05/2013 9:57:30 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: Pan_Yan

We’re gonna need a bigger boat? Nevermind.


3 posted on 07/05/2013 9:58:07 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Pan_Yan

Find the container holding the ten-megatonner.

5-year project.


4 posted on 07/05/2013 10:01:02 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: Pan_Yan

That's a shipload of ship.

5 posted on 07/05/2013 10:01:18 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Old Sarge

Not exactly the same. Those 16 ports that can handle these are likely quite busy ports taking a constant flow of container ships between them.

A few of these will stay busy. Just like a few of the Ultra-Large Crude Carriers can visit few ports but go to those few constantly.


6 posted on 07/05/2013 10:01:44 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Old Sarge

Maersk has already awarded the contracts for larger ships.


7 posted on 07/05/2013 10:05:40 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Pan_Yan

Holy crap. That’s 8 ft. short of a quarter mile long ship!


8 posted on 07/05/2013 10:09:51 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Pan_Yan

The day this ship is commissioned will become a Somalian national holiday .


9 posted on 07/05/2013 10:12:35 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Old Sarge
Discovery channel will air a series on building the ship

http://www.worldslargestship.com/discovery-channel-to-broadcast-maersk-triple-e-build/

10 posted on 07/05/2013 10:16:39 AM PDT by Lockbox
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To: Pan_Yan

That’s a carrier and an escort destroyer combined.


11 posted on 07/05/2013 10:18:06 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (I'm so conservative I won't even wear progressive bifocals.)
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To: Pan_Yan; showme_the_Glory

12 posted on 07/05/2013 10:22:28 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Pan_Yan
Capable of carrying 16pc more cargo than Maersk's largest vessel currently plying the oceans, the Triple E class was designed to cut costs through economies of scale.

There should be some traffic first. From Wiki:
"The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) is a number issued daily by the London-based Baltic Exchange. Not restricted to Baltic Sea countries, the index provides "an assessment of the price of moving the major raw materials by sea. Taking in 23 shipping routes measured on a timecharter basis, the index covers Handysize, Supramax, Panamax, and Capesize dry bulk carriers carrying a range of commodities including coal, iron ore and grain."


13 posted on 07/05/2013 10:24:40 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Old Sarge

During World War II some German tanks had to have their tracks removed when loaded onto flatcars in order to be able to go through the train tunnels in Europe. Too wide. The Tiger I comes to mind.


14 posted on 07/05/2013 10:25:55 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: 17th Miss Regt

I remember reading about that.


15 posted on 07/05/2013 10:38:24 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: Old Sarge

We’re gonna need a bigger port..............


16 posted on 07/05/2013 10:39:13 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Pan_Yan

I have a distant cousin who is a big shot at MAERSK. He has more money than God.

If I was him, I would have retired decades ago.


17 posted on 07/05/2013 10:43:21 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: martin_fierro

I was up in the city a couple of years ago and look out over the bay.

I say an office building in the middle of the bay and thought “Why the heck would anyone put a building over?”

Felt dumb as heck when I late realized what it really was...


18 posted on 07/05/2013 11:23:42 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: martin_fierro

We should give it its own zip code..


19 posted on 07/05/2013 11:27:43 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: Oatka
Remember, this is dry bulk carriers, not container ships.
20 posted on 07/05/2013 11:34:13 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: Pan_Yan

There’s a sort of pleasant quaintness to old movies showing tough looking dock workers loading cargo with big nets and muscle power.


21 posted on 07/05/2013 11:38:02 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: JoeFromSidney
Remember, this is dry bulk carriers, not container ships.

Point taken. Is there an index for them?

22 posted on 07/05/2013 11:51:49 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: rarestia

200 feet taller than the World Trade Center was tall.


23 posted on 07/05/2013 11:53:51 AM PDT by Husker24
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To: Husker24

Longer, sorry.


24 posted on 07/05/2013 11:57:01 AM PDT by Husker24
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To: Pan_Yan
Didn't work so well, once before:


25 posted on 07/05/2013 11:57:31 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: Pan_Yan
...capable of holding more than 18,000 standard 20ft shipping containers.

That is a lot of immigrants.

26 posted on 07/05/2013 12:01:23 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Fight the culture of nothing.)
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To: Oatka

The baltic dry index measures the price of moving raw materials (grain, iron ore, gravel, etc), not of moving containers. The largest recent impact is from China’s curtailing its imports of iron ore, and of excess capacity coming online. Ships moving these raw materials are not compatible with container shipping.


27 posted on 07/05/2013 12:07:08 PM PDT by Islander828
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To: carriage_hill

There must be some serious math involved in figuring out the container configuration to make the weight right forward to aft, port to starboard and top to bottom.


28 posted on 07/05/2013 1:10:41 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: Pan_Yan

I sure couldn’t do that math. Heh.


29 posted on 07/05/2013 1:21:26 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: Islander828

Point taken. Is there an index for container shipping?


30 posted on 07/05/2013 3:59:14 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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