World's largest container ship makes port call here

World's largest container ship makes port call here

Last weekend, Majestic Maersk, the world's biggest container ship, made a port call at PSA Singapore Terminal.

Owned by Danish shipping line A. P. Moller-Maersk, the Triple-E class vessel measures 400m long and 59m wide.

The US$185m (S$230m) Triple-E is 3m longer and 3m wider than the Maersk E-class, the previous largest ship record holder. The Triple-E class carries 18,000 TEU - 16 per cent more load than the E-class' 15,500 TEU.

But size is not its true claim to fame.

Triple-E stands out in the shipping industry, where fuel is a huge cost and a significant pollution factor.

Designed to cruise at 16 knots (30kmh) instead of the 20 knots and above for regular cargo vessels, the Triple-E is fitted with less powerful engines.

The new design cuts fuel consumption by 37 per cent, saving fuel and cost, and also halving the carbon dioxide emission. Slower speed also means that the ship can have a wider hull design, making space for more cargo.

Five Triple-Es will sail by the end of the year, with 15 more delivered between 2014 and 2015.

PSA has been gearing up to meet the growing demands of these mega ships - including its future $3.5 billion Pasir Panjang Terminal Phases 3 and 4 developments. And a new terminal operating system is already in place.

All necessary to keep up with these giants of the sea.

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