Just weeks after the delivery of the first 20,000+ TEU containership, the 20,150 TEU MOL Triumph, the Madrid Maersk has broken the record for the world’s largest containership. According to Alphaliner, the Madrid Maersk can accommodate 20,568 TEUs, making it the world’s largest ship by TEU capacity.
Maersk Line ordered 11 of the 2nd generation Triple-E’s, known officially as the EEE Mark II vessels, in 2015 for a rumored $1.8 billion. Delivery of the remaining 10 EEE ships is expected to take place between April 2017 and the second quarter of 2018.
Maersk’s 2nd generation Triple-E vessels were originally planned with a 19,630 TEU capacity, but it’s believed that the design was later modified to accommodate a “notably higher capacity.” The new ships sit deeper in the water by 50 cm, to 16.5 meters, raising the dead weight to 206,000 tons from the previous 194,500, and enabling an extra tier of containers on deck; increasing from 11 to 12.