Amid throngs of shoreside and seagoing spectators, the world’s largest containership, MV Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, arrived today in Rotterdam on her maiden voyage from Asia to Europe.
The vessel was built at South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) at a cost of $185 million.
In May, gCaptain’s John Konrad visited the shipyard and was given a tour of the 400-meter vessel while the yard was putting on the finishing touches. Click here for images from his trip: Mærsk McKinney-Møller– Meet The World’s Largest Ship! [Multimedia Gallery]
The vessel was officially named on June 14th during a ceremony at DSME.
Maersk plans to incorporate up to twenty of these giant vessels over the next few years as a means to lower their cost per teu, as well as reduce their overall carbon footprint.