According to the maritime data provider Alphaliner, Maersk‘s new generation of Triple-E class vessels could be the first containerships to carry 20,000 TEU.
Alphaliner says that the first images taken to Madrid Maersk at the DSME yard in Okpo, South Korea, reveal that Danish giant has “extensively modified” the design of the ships in order to increase capacity, more than the official 19.630 teu capacity rating.
“The main change from the original design was moving the bridge two bays forward and the engine room and funnel section one bay aft,” says the data provider.
Among the differences from Triple-E predecessors, these new ships sit deeper in the water, by 50 cm and a deadweight of 206,000 tons, enabling an extra tier of containers to be stowed on deck. Additionally, the engines are lighter.
The dimensions of new containerships are the same as the previous class: a length of 399 meters and a beam of 58.6 meters with the capacity of 24 bays of containers across the weather deck.
The maritime news website The Loadstar indicates that these ships are a key factor for 2M’s Asia-Europe network to keep unit cost supremacy in comparison with its rivals The Ocean Alliance and The Alliance.
The latest quarter results showed that the carrier recorded a 13.8% reduction in unit cost, but was not enough to avoid the $116 million net loss:
“Our priority has always been to have the lowest cost so we can be comfortable with weak freight rates,” said Maersk Group chief executive Soren Skou last week.
Skou added that the carrier wanted to grow organically through the addition of a “little more” capacity than the market growth.
The new generation of Triple-E class vessels is expected to be delivered from April next year through to May 2018.