New ‘green’ super ships for Maersk
Maersk is upgrading its fleet with an order for 10 new container vessels to be built by Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.
The new USD190 million Triple-E class ships scheduled for delivery between 2013-15, with an option on an additional 20, will be the largest of any type currently sailing at 400 metres long, 59m wide and 73m high. The 18,000 TEU (20 foot container) capacity is 16 percent or 2,500 containers more than today’s biggest container ship the Emma Maersk.
The Triple-E will produce 20 percent less CO2 per container than the Emma Maersk and 50 percent less than the industry average on the Asia-Europe trade lane and consume around 35 percent less fuel than the other 13,000 TEU vessels to be delivered to other shipping lines in the next few years for the same service.
The design uses optimised hull and bow forms and two ultra long stroke engines to turn two propellers. An advanced waste heat recovery system will capture and reuse energy from the engine’s exhaust gas for extra propulsion with less fuel consumption.
All materials used will be mapped in a cradle-to-cradle passport that prescribes how they can be recycled or safely disposed of when the vessel is retired from service.