On July 21, 2014, the MV Mary Maersk departed Algeciras, Spain with a world record 17,603 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), the most TEU’s ever loaded onto a single vessel.

MV Mary Mearsk is the third vessel in Maersk Line’s Triple-E class, which have nominal capacity of 18,270 TEU, although port restrictions have prevented the vessels from reaching full capacity.

“Algeciras has been preparing for full utilisation of the Triple-E for more than a year,” says Carlos Arias, head of the South Europe Liner Operations Cluster. “This included the upgrading of four existing cranes and the arrival of four new Triple-E cranes.”

After departing Algeciras, the vessel was bound for Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia, which included a trip through the Suez Canal. Arias added that similar upgrades needed to be made at the port of Tanjung Pelepas, and this was the first occasion where both ends were ready.

Triple-E nearly fully loaded. Photo courtesy Maersk Line

Triple-E nearly fully loaded. Photo courtesy Maersk Line

“It feels very good, and nice memories to look back on at a later stage,” commented Mary Maersk captain, Captain Thorvald Hansen, on the world record feat.

“We were a little excited to pass Suez with such a big load, but everything worked out as planned,” Hansen added.

The MV Mary Maersk is now enroute to China with a slightly lighter load, but by the end of the month will once again be headed west.

MV Maersk Maersk, not fully loaded. Image (c) Vladimir Tonie

MV Maersk Maersk, not fully loaded. Image (c) Vladimir Tonie

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  • david02292590

    FerrymanThe Wow, that went through Suez. Imagine seeing that from the desert! Algeciras is a good port, safe, ideal place.

  • RydeAbide

    david02292590 FerrymanThe gCaptain It looked like a tower block today

  • david02292590

    RydeAbide FerrymanThe One Nov night leaving Le Harvre in yacht came within few hundred metres of one of those in fog. It scales ‘awesome’

  • RydeAbide

    david02292590 FerrymanThe A 40ft container of anything is worth a minimum of 100k-how many on one of those ships? #BigBucks

  • cmallen99

    It looks like there is a ship in there, somewhere beneath all those containers. Awesome.

  • david02292590

    RydeAbide FerrymanThe This has 18k TEUs = 9k 40′ * £100k = £900,000,000 in round money. Or a billion beer tokens.

  • FerrymanThe

    RydeAbide david02292590 A #Maersk triple E can carry 18,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent units) although containers can come in diff sizes

  • RydeAbide

    FerrymanThe david02292590 If Dick Turpin was alive today he would have a speed boat :-)

  • david02292590

    RydeAbide FerrymanThe He is. They do. Somalia. That one is going thru’ Suez through the Gulf of Aden :( How much do they pay the Captain?

  • FerrymanThe

    david02292590 RydeAbide Will be well protected. Big company can afford it. Capts pay depends on nationality. But I’d say plenty!

  • david02292590

    FerrymanThe RydeAbide Let’s hope (s)he keep mind on the job! Won’t be a ‘she’ tho’, will it?

  • tperran

    mtechman guan Wow! That’s pretty impressive! And it’s not even full capacity!

  • mtechman

    tperran guan I think it’s amazing.

  • tperran

    mtechman I’ve always been fascinated by industrial technology. It’s amazing what people can do when they put their minds to it!

  • blorst

    Oh wow! A modal popup encouraging me to sign up to some rubbish news letter! Just why I came to this website!

  • strangemeetings

    semanticist ntlk cor, check out the size of her cargo ;p.

  • DMPicone

    gCaptain MaerskLine Now thats a lot of cargo. would hate to be the crane operator tasked with moving all of those.

  • pmichelreichold

    gCaptain MaerskLine aren’t they concerned by a lack of free board.? looks precaroius

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