Emma Maersk Ready to Return

The Emma Maersk arrives in Palermo, Sicily following a 1,276 mile tow from Port Said. Photo credit: Fairmount Marine
The Emma Maersk arrived in Palermo, Sicily late February following a 1,276 mile tow from Port Said. Photo credit: Fairmount Marine

The mighty Emma Maersk is ready to return to service nearly 6 months after a damaged stern thruster caused her to take on water and lose power in the Suez Canal.

The Emma Maersk has been sidelined since February 1 when her engine room flooded and she lost power near the northern entrance of the Suez Canal.

On Friday, Maersk Line said that the vessel will return to service July 18 after undergoing repairs at the Fincantieri yard in Palermo, Sicily.

When launched in 2006, the Emma Maersk was the largest container ship ever built, which at 397 meters long can carry 14,770 TEU.

On Monday, Maersk Lines’ first Triple-E and now the largest ship in the world, the MV Mærsk McKinney-Møller, will depart on her maiden voyage from Busan, South Korea to ports throughout Asia and Europe.