Maersk has broken the world record for hauling the largest-ever number of TEUs between Europe and Asia.
The Mary Maersk, the third vessel in Maersk’s Triple-E mega-ship series, left Algeciras, Spain, on July 21, 2014, en route to Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia.
The ship was carrying a record 17,603 TEUs, the highest number ever loaded onto a vessel, and still below the ships vast 18,270 capacity.
The reason the Mary Maersk’s capacity has not yet been realised is due to ports not having the capability to handle such a massive load.
Carlos Arias, head of the South Europe Liner Operations Cluster, has said: “Algeciras has been preparing for full utilisation of the Triple-E for more than a year. This included the upgrading of four existing cranes and the arrival of four new Triple-E cranes.”
He added that the port of Tanjung Pelepas has had to make similar upgrades, and this was the first occasion where both ends were ready, according to Marine Link.
The Mary Maersk is already on the waters, with a somewhat lighter load, travelling to China.
Source: Port Technology