Biggest container ship sails into Singapore

Biggest container ship sails into Singapore
The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, the world's largest container ship, making its maiden call at Singapore's port on Friday. It leaves today for China. -- ST PHOTOS: NURIA LING

The world's largest container ship made its maiden call at Singapore's port on Friday.

The 400m-long Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller is longer than the Eiffel Tower laid flat and weighs 60,000 tons empty.

The US$185 million (S$232 million) vessel can carry 18,000 20-foot containers and can transport the equivalent of 182 million iPads, or 144 million pairs of sneakers.

The ship is deployed on a Maersk Line route connecting Asia to Northern Europe via the Suez Canal.

It leaves Singapore today for China's Yantian port.

A.P. Moller-Maersk is Denmark's largest company, and one of the world's biggest shipping companies.

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, named after the shipping company's former chief executive officer and the son of its founder, is the first of 20 'Triple-E' class vessels the company has ordered.

It was built in South Korea and custom-fitted with a range of features that make it more energy efficient and help save on shipping costs per container, said Maersk Line's Asia-Pacific chief executive Thomas Knudsen.

It has a wider hull and more full-bodied design than other container ships so more cargo can be carried.

The ship is designed to travel at a maximum speed of 23 knots, or 43kmh, which increases fuel efficiency and reduces carbon dioxide emissions. Most container vessels have a maximum speed of 25 knots to 27 knots.

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