At the beginning of the last week of December 2014, the Maersk Line Triple E behemoth – the Maersk McKinney Moller, left the port of Algeciras, Spain on a voyage to Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia); with a record cargo of 18,168 TEUs. The record was previously held by the sister ship Mary Maersk, which had sailed the same route with a total of 17,603 TEUs, in August 2014.
Personally I am both very proud, and humbled, to be the Captain of the iconic Maersk McKinney Moller, and to be the first vessel to cross the 18,000 TEU limit. All crew members have shared their excitement with cameras, questions, and of course a lot of planning and calculations … It is not an easy task to fill up a vessel like this. It is difficult to make a record like this, with a few people pushing, and many highlighting the risks. It is 100% team work all over the line, and a lot of planning and thoughts had been done.- Captain of Maersk McKinney Moller
Maersk is no stranger to holding world records. The Maersk McKinney Moller was the first Triple E vessel introduced to the industry, with the (Triple E) series holding the record as the world's largest container ships, by capacity, until just recently surpassed by CSCL in December 2014, with the launch of the 19,100 TEU CSCL Globe. Since that time, CSCL has been overshadowed by the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) 19,224 TEU MSC Oscar.