Maersk line has ordered 11 more Triple-E container ships which is likely to join Maersk’s fleet by 2017. DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering) bagged these hefty contracts and the order carries an option for six additional ships.
According to Søren Toft, the container shipping company’s chief operating officer (COO) –
“These vessels will help us stay competitive in the Asia – Europe trade and will be key in our strategy to grow with the market. It is the second order this year and we expect to order more vessels, which we can add to our fleet from 2017 and onwards.”
With such Ultra large ships being added to the world’s container fleet at one end, it is high time that the container terminals and the multi-modal transport system should get ready to cope up with large volume of containers as any of these Ultra large ships reaches a port. It is to be noted that Maersk Line was a pioneer of the larger vessels. Its first ‘Triple-E’ class vessels began to enter service in 2013.