PHOTOS: World's Largest Container Ship Maiden Call at Port of Tanjung Pelepas

By Vessels

The first Triple-E container ship of MAERSK Line and the biggest container vessel in the world, 18,000-TEU Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, made its maiden call at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia.

World's largest container ship Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller loaded 4,800 TEU on its first maiden call at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas. On leaving the Malaysian port Tanjung Pelepas, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller sailed to Suez and on to northern Europe, with Rotterdam being its 1st European port of call.

The largest ship of the world is built by Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), and it is 400-meters long, 59-meters wide and is 73-meters high including draft.

The company of Maersk Line and Senior executives from the Port of Tanjung Pelepas joined the key clients of the container carrier for a small celebratory event and ship tour to commemorate this momentous event.

World's largest ship Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller is deployed on Maersk Line’s AE-10 service, which is the connection of Asia to Europe.

“For the last twelve years of having calls at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, we have built a strong business partnership with the port. Today, we're really excited to witness the maiden call of our new Triple E ship, as it makes its last port call in Asia before it makes it way to Europe,” stated Bjarne Foldager who is country manager for Maersk Malaysia in Bruinei, Singapore.

“Besides making economies of scale due to its enormous size, the first Triple-E ship is also the most energy efficient vessel in the world. The innovative design and technological features of Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller are going to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by over 50% for every container it transports, compared to the industry average on the Asia-Europe trade,” told Mr. Bjarne Foldager.

“The Port of Tanjung Pelepas is really glad to welcome the world's largest container ship Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller on her maiden voyage. Our port is equipped to cope with the first Triple-E and is investing in new infrastructure and equipment specifically made for the new generation of container ships of 18,000-TEUs and beyond,” stated the CEO of Tanjung Pelepas port, Glen Hilton.