World’s Largest Ship Makes Its First Visit to Denmark
The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, the first EEE-Class 18,000 TEU capacity vessel now in service continued its maiden voyage with a port call at the APM Terminals-Cargo Service A/S facility at Aarhus, Denmark’s largest port, and Scandinavia’s second-busiest port by container throughput.
While at the deep-water APM Terminals-Cargo Service A/S terminal, the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller discharged 697 containers and loaded 771, achieving a productivity rate of 35 moves per hour (MPH) per crane.
“This is a very special day for Denmark and for the terminal,” said APM Terminals-Cargo Service A/S CEO Johan Uggla.
The Aarhus facility, equipped with four super post-Panamax cranes and three post-Panamax cranes, is one of only a few European ports with the draft and cranes to accommodate EEE-Class vessels, which are loaded 23 containers wide. At 400 meters (nearly a quarter of a mile) in length, the EEE-Class vessels, of which the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller is the first of 20 to be delivered, are currently the largest vessel afloat of any kind, 73 meters in height (as tall as a 24-story building) and 59 meters wide.
APM Terminals-Cargo Service A/S was established in September 2010 through the merger of the operations of APM Terminals Aarhus with the adjacent Cargo Service terminal facility. The port offers a deep-water 14-meter berth depth and serves as a transshipment hub for Scandinavian and Baltic Sea cargoes, with direct rail service to Copenhagen. Throughput at the combined terminal in 2012 was 400,000 TEUs, second only to Gothenburg, Sweden in container traffic among Scandinavian ports.
The Aarhus call will be followed by stops at APM Terminals Gothenburg and APM Terminals Tanger-Med, in Morocco.
Press Release, August 28, 2013