QUESTIONS SURROUND A.P. MOLLERÆS LATEST GIANT CONTAINERSHIP
A.P. Moller, the parent company of Maersk Sealand, has named a new post-Panamax containership that could be the world’s largest containership afloat today.
In a statement, A.P. Moller said the new ship, the “Axel Maersk,” is “one of the largest and most modern container vessels in the world,” but it did not indicate its container-carrying capacity.
With an overall length of 352 meters and a breadth of 43 meters, the new ship is 5 meters longer than the 19 “S-class” vessels built for Maersk Sealand since 1997. With a stated capacity of 6,600 TEUs, the “S-class” ships are widely believed in the industry to have an actual carrying capacity of 7,400 TEUs or more.
The new ship was built by A.P. Moller-owned Odense Steel Shipyard.