Emma Maersk - Once largest container ship in the world

Do you know Emma Maersk, the largest container ship today, and an orchid were named after the late wife of Maersk’s chairman, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller?

You will find the answer later on in this article, together with information about:

  • the ship's particulars;
  • sister ships;
  • other vessels once having that name;
  • interesting facts about the mega ship.

Have you ever wished to name something big after the name of your beloved ones?

I believe the daughter of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Maersk’s chairman did, and she completed her wish.

She christened the biggest container ship on 12 August 2006 after her later mother, Emma Maersk.

Emma Maerk and her owner

Godmother Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla flanked by (from left) Captain Henry Solms, 
senior shipowner Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller and CEO. Finn Buus Nielsen.
Source: http://www.skipsrevyen.no/batomtaler/batomtaler-5-2006/356.html

The extreme things like the longest river, the tallest skyscraper... usually impress people (including me). Emma Mærsk amazes us as the world’s largest container ship ever built, and the longest ship currently in use. (Actually, the biggest ship ever built, Knock Nevis – a supertanker, was scrapped in 2010).

The Danish conglomerate A.P.Moller-Maersk Group built Emma Maersk in 2006 at Odense Steel Shipyard, Denmark. After her delivery, Maersk Lines has deployed the ship en route from Europe – Far East via Suez Canal.

Europe-Far East route

Ship particulars

Emma Maersk

Emma Maersk at Singapore
Source: www.singaporepsa.com

GENERAL
Name Emma Maersk
Shipowner A. P. Moller-Maersk Group
Ship operator Maersk Lines
Nationality Denmark
Shipyard Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd, Denmark
Home port Taarbæk, Denmark
Call size OYGR2
IMO number 9321483
DIMENSIONS
Length of overall 397m
Beam 56m
Draft 15.5m
Depth 30m
GT 170,974
NT 55,396
DWT 156,907
Capacity (nominal) 14,770TEUs
Refer Plug 1,000
   
MAIN ENGINE
Maker Wärtsilä
Type Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C
Power 109,000 HP
Speed 25.5 knots

Maiden voyage

The Danish vessel set sail on her historic maiden voyage on 8 September 2006 under the command of Maersk Senior Master, Captain Henrik Solmer and Chief Engineer Michael Thomassen.

She departed Aarhus, calling at Gothenburg, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Algeciras, the Suez Canal, and arrived in Singapore on 1 October 2006.

The vessel departed Singapore in the following day, headed for Yantian in Shenzhen. She sailed on to Kobe, Nagoya, arrived at Yokohama on 10 October 2006, and returned via Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Tanjung Pelepas, the Suez Canal, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Gothenburg and finally to Aarhus, with arrival at that port 11 November 2006.

Watch BBC’s interview with Captain Henrik Solmer about his experience on the biggest container ship.

Sister ships

Emma Mærsk is the first of eight PS-class container vessels. Though they all have the same design and, of course, dimensions, we usually tend to remember only the first as the largest.

Name IMO No. Date Named Maiden Voy. Home port
Emma Maersk
9321483
12-Aug-06
8-Sep-06
Taarbæk, DK
Estelle Maersk
9321495
2-Oct-06
9-Nov-06
Hellerup, DK
Eleonora Maersk
9321500
25-Nov-06
21-Jan-07
Svendborg, DK
Evelyn Maersk
9321512
3-Mar-07
29-Mar-07
Copenhagen, DK
Ebba Maersk
9321524
21-May-07
6-Jun-07
Copenhagen, DK
Elly Maersk
9321536
25-Aug-07
-
Svendborg, DK
Edith Maersk
9321548
3-Nov-07
-
Roskilde, DK
Eugen Maersk
9321550
15-Dec-07
-
Randers, DK

Interesting Facts

On their website, Maersk Lines provides a very impressive and interesting illustration about a PS-class vessel like Emma Maersk:

  • A PS-class vessel can carry 11,000 full 20-foot containers. That equals a train of 71 kilometers long;
  • A single 20-foot container can hold about 48,000 bananas. So, in theory, a PS-vessel like the Emma Mærsk could transport approximately 528 million bananas in a single voyage - enough to give every person in Europe or North America a banana for breakfast;
  • The main engine of a PS-class vessel produces 109.000 horsepower, equal to that of 1,156 family cars;
  • The anchor of a PS-class vessel weighs 29 tons, equivalent to the weight of five adult African elephants;
  • The newly developed, more environmentally friendly silicone paint used below the waterline on a PS-class vessel creates a streamlining effect, saving an estimated 1,200 tons of bunker fuel per year;
  • A PS-class vessel is equipped with a waste heat recovery system, saving up to ten percent of main engine power. This equals the average annual electrical consumption of 5,000 European households.

Shipping world honors the Chairman and his wife

In the history of A.P. Maersk Group, before the giant container ship was built there had been up to 8 other vessels once having the name of Mr. Chairman’s wife, Emma Mærsk (she must have been very happy about that!). Those have been renamed or scraped. Therefore, Emma Maersk now widely reminds us of a beautiful huge container ship.

IMO/ID Year
Built
Type DWT Ex.Name Disposal
Place/Year
5332252 1924 Cargo
ship
5,242
26 FORDEFJORD - 37 RENA -
56 SLOWACKI - 74 RODANTHI A.
Piraeus
Feb 79
5606819 1928 Tanker
8,278
41 SALVATOR - 46 EMMA MAERSK -
56 PICKANINNY
La Spezia
8 Oct 59
5406730 1957 Tanker
18,116
63 MAGALLANES Pusan
16 Nov 76
6404844 1964 Tanker
63,675
- Kaohsiung
8 Mar 78
7702035 1979 Cargo
ship
29,750
84 PFC JAMES ANDERSON JR. in service
8321395 1985 Tanker
50,600
92 ODENSE MAERSK - 00 JAG PANKHI -
02 FAIR VOYAGER - 05 OCEAN GRACE
in service
9002611 1993 Tanker
299,700
97 BRITISH VIGILANCE –
02 EUGEN MAERSK 04 UNIVERSAL HOPE
in service
9002635 1995 Tanker
299,700
97 EMMA MAERSK –
04 UNIVERSAL PEACE
in service

Besides, on the occasion of the Danish vessel’s inaugural call at Singapore, PSA also took the opportunity to honor well-respected industry pioneer and maritime luminary visionary Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, by naming a specially selected orchid – Dendrobium Emma Mc-Kinney Møller – in honor of his beloved late wife, Mrs. Emma Mc-Kinney Møller.

Orchid named Emma

The Dendrobium Emma Mc-Kinney Møller, 
an orchid named after the late Mrs. Emma Mc-Kinney Møller.
(Source: www.singaporepsa.com)

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