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That’s a lot of stuff!… This ship has set a world record for most containers ever carried

The Mary Maersk is so big that the Spanish port she left from had to be equipped with new cranes before the shipment could be loaded.


A SHIP OPERATED by the Maersk cargo company has set a record for the most containers ever carried on a vessel.

The Triple-E Mary Maersk left Algeciras, Spain on its journey on 21 July, bound for the port of Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia.

On board were 17,603 20ft containers.

“Algeciras has been preparing for full utilisation of the Triple-E for more than a year,” Carlos Arias of head of the South Europe Liner Operations Cluster said.

This included the upgrading of four existing cranes and the arrival of four new Triple-E cranes.

The Malaysian port has had to make similar upgrades — and this was the first occasion where both ends were ready.

Maersk Line’s Triple-E vessel has set a world record by carrying 17,603 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) between Europe and Asia.

More than half of the containers on board were empty — but were being shipped back to Asia for future use.

The rest of the shipment contained everything from Danish cheese and German beef to pharmaceutical products and flower bulbs from the Netherlands.

The ship has a full nominal capacity of 18,270 — but so far that capacity hasn’t been utilised.

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