Frequently asked questions

Where can I find photos of the Triple-E?
All photos are stored on the Triple-E section of the
You can also download a selection of photos here:
Low resolution JPEGs
High resolution TIFFs

Why is the ship called Triple-E?                                                                                           
The three Es correspond to the ship’s main attributes:
Economy of scale, Energy efficiency and Environmentally improved.

When are you launching the Triple-E?  
The first vessel is scheduled to be delivered on 2 July 2013.
It will be launched shortly thereafter. The last one is scheduled for
delivery in the Summer 2015.

What’s the capacity of the Triple-E?
18,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (or containers)

How does that compare to existing ships?
Our largest vessels (Emma Maersk class) have a capacity of 15,500 TEU. With 18,000 TEU, the Triple-E offers a 16% increase.

What are the dimensions of the Triple-E?
The Triple-E is 400 metres long, 59 metres wide and 73 metres high.

How does that compare to existing ships?
That’s three meters longer and three meters wider than the Maersk E-class, our largest ship.

What is the weight of the Triple-E?
The pure steel weight of the vessel is approximately 55,000 tons. That does not include ballast water, cargo etc.

Is it safe to launch such big ships?
The number of accidents in container shipping doesn’t increase with the size of the vessel.

Although benchmark on safety is scarce, our record is among the best in the industry.

How many crew members does it take to operate a Triple-E?
The Triple-E will be manned by 22 crew.

Are crews specially trained to sail the Triple-E?
The crew (engineers and navigators) will receive specific training including five-day simulator training for navigators.

Where will the Triple-E sail?
The Triple-E will sail between Asia and Northern Europe. The list of ports can be found on under Services/AE10

What’s new in the Triple-E?
The main innovations are two ‘ultra-long stroke’ engines, an innovative efficient shape and advanced waste heat recovery system saving up to 10% of main engine power.

The Triple-E will have two four-blade propellers instead of the 6-blade larger propeller found on Maersk E-type class vessels.

How much fuel does the Triple-E use?
We expect the daily consumption to be approximately 100 tons.

Where will Triple-E go to refuel?
We predominantly fuel the ships in Rotterdam due to the attractive fuel prices there

What’s the impact of the Triple-E on the environment? 
Shipping is a polluting industry. Maersk Line emits 0.1% of the global CO2 emissions. In 2011 our CO2 emissions amounted to 34 million tons of CO2.

We have invested a lot to improve on those aspects. The Triple-E will consume approximately 35 percent less fuel per container than the 13,100 TEU vessels being delivered to other container shipping lines in these years.

It will be approximately 20% more fuel efficient than Maersk E-type class vessels, which are currently our best performing ships.

It will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 50% per container moved, compared to the industry average CO2 performance on the Asia-Europe trade.

It will come with a ‘Cradle to Cradle passport’ which is a database describing the material composition of the main components of the ship. The passport will be kept updated throughout the lifetime of the ship, and it will enable better recycling of the materials used to build the ship.

How does transporting goods on the Triple-E compare to airline/rail/truck?
Shipping good by sea is by far most environmentally-friendly transportation mode. See comparisons here

How fast does it sail?
The Triple-E will sail an average speed of 16 knots (=30 km/hour). This means the Triple-Es will be be slow steaming, like the other vessels on the AE10 string where they will be deployed. The slower the ship sails, the less fuel it will burn. It is cost and energy efficient and better for the environment.

How long does it take to sail from Asia to Europe on a Triple-E?
It takes 24 to 25 days to sail from Shanghai to Rotterdam on the current trade (AE10).


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