MV Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller rotterdam

(c) REUTERS/Michael Kooren

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.

MV Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller rotterdam

(c) REUTERS/Michael Kooren

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  • Joe

    It’s almost not ugly, and that’s an accomplishment among containerships, which generally look like they would be right at home next to a rusting Camaro in the back yard of some shack in the hills.

  • Ruud B

    Call me “old fashioned”, but I prefer a picture of a fully laden Liberty or Victory over these monstrosities. They maybe more efficient etc, but ugly they are!

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