The largest container ship Milan Maersk has just arrived in Southampton
The largest container vessel to visit Southampton has just arrived at DP World’s container terminal this afternoon at just after 14:15.
The Milan Maersk is 399m long, and the The 214,000 tonne megaship belongs to the second generation of Maersk Line’s Triple-E class (Economy of scale, Energy efficient and Environmentally improved) and is part of a series of 11 container ships, which will be delivered by the end of 2018.
The giant vessels have a dual engine with a maximum speed of 23 knots to increase efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.
Milan Maersk’s propulsion and software system creates energy savings which aims to reduce carbon emissions per container vessel by 35 per cent.
The Triple E class ships also feature a waste heat recovery system which uses hot exhaust gas to produce extra propulsion.
ABP Southampton Director, Alastair Welch said: “Milan Maersk is just the latest of these new megaships to visit the Port of Southampton. Not only are these vessels bigger – they are much cleaner too and we are seeing more of these new generation ships visiting across the port’s key trades.
Steve Wyeth, the Founder & Director of SDW and self confessed shipping geek, went along and witnessed her arrival in port. Steve commented “She is a real beauty, and certainly dwarfed anything else on the Southampton landscape this afternoon.” Steve continued “Surprisingly she was almost empty, but I am sure some of our clients can explain to us why this was”
I am sure everyone who works in the shipping, logistics, freight forwarding & transport industry locally, plus all the ship enthusiasts will join us in giving the Milan Maersk a huge welcome to Southampton, and may this be the first of many visits.