The world’s largest ship started its maiden voyage from the Korean port of Busan on July 15th.(Korean Japanese)
The McKinney Moller is the first in Maersk’s Triple-E series. Its capacity of 18,270 TEUs exceeds that of the previous record holders, three CMA CGM containerships called Marco Polo, Alexander von Humboldt, and Jules Verne, which can each transport 16,020 TEU boxes.
The McKinney Moller was built in Okpo Shipyard (DSME) in Geoje, on an island off the coast from Busan. Maersk Line took ownership of it on June 28th. An additional four of Triple-E ships will be delivered from the shipyard during 2013, while the remaining 15 ships will be delivered in 2014 and 2015.
Maersk and the Busan Port Authority (BPA) announced that the McKinney Moller started its first Asia-Europe loop from Busan on July 15th. More precisely, the giant of the seas made its maiden call at the Pusan Newport Company terminal at 1pm on July 15th, where it handled more than 10,000 TEUs, BPA said.
A ceremony took place. BPA’s president Lim Ki-tack said: “This prestigious event is expected to raise the brand awareness of Busan port and strengthen the market position of Busan port as the main transshipment hub for Northeast Asia.”
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