Wednesday, August 22, 2018

New World Record Number of TEU on a Single Voyage as Container Numbers Mount

Most Ever Boxes Carried on One Ship Claimed as Company Shows Resilience
Shipping News Feature
DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – With a load of 19,038 TEU, the world's largest container shipping company Maersk Line claims that its 2nd generation Triple-E class vessel, the Mumbai Maersk has set a world record for highest-ever load, surpassing the 19,000 TEU mark for the very first time – not only for a Maersk vessel, but any vessel in the world.

The vessel left the dock of Tanjung Pelepas Port, Malaysia, over the past weekend and sails now into Europe. First stop is expected at Rotterdam on September 5th.

The Mumbai Maersk is a 2nd generation Triple-E class vessel with a nominal capacity of 20,568 TEU. She is the newest to entry to Triple-E fleet, joining in May 2018 and is now deployed on the Asia-to-Europe service (AE5). The supposed world record load of 19,038 TEU has raised a new bar for Maersk by surpassing Madison Maersk, a 1st generation Triple-E class vessel, which reached 18,215 TEU in 2015. At the same time, Mumbai Maersk apparently overtakes all other reported record loadings from other carriers.

The high-volume load also marks a sign of progress on one of Maersk's Core Priorities for this year: to make APM Terminals perform again. Tanjung Pelepas is one of the hub terminals where productivity is currently high, also benefitting Maersk Line in line with the integrator strategy. Keith Svendsen, Chief Operating Officer at APM Terminals, commented:

“Our hubs are currently breaking existing productivity records. This record on most loaded containers during a port stay is one of many illustrations showing that we are well-positioned to become a company of operators who are proud, passionate and world-class at servicing our clients.”

Maersk has proved its resilience having survived the most vicious, and effective cyber-attack in history after being blighted last year by the NotPetya worm, which attacked not only the ocean freight operation but many of the APM Terminal operations. Anyone interested in studying just how serious this incident was should take time to read a recent article in Wired which explains the background, modus operandi and efficacy of this attack.