Triple E named in Felixstowe
One of the largest vessels in the Maersk Line fleet was named yesterday afternoon in Felixstowe. The Marchen Maersk, a Triple E type container ship, was christened during a ceremony on its Bridge.
Brian Godsafe, managing director of Maersk Line UK & Ireland, introduced Melanie Collins who broke the traditional bottle of champagne on the ship’s Bridge in her role as vessel Godmother.
Godsafe said “I’m delighted to host the naming ceremony of a Triple E here in the UK, in the company of our customers and partners. The Triple Es, with their efficiency, economies of scale and environmental benefits, are an embodiment of our business. It is fitting that some of our customers, the lifeblood of our business, are able to be a part of such an event at the Port of Felixstowe, which is a key partner in the services we offer.”
Dignitaries including Maersk Line customers and Port of Felixstowe executives were in attendance at the event, which took place on what would have been the 102nd birthday of Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, long time CEO and Chairman of the AP Moller Maersk Group and the man the first Triple E to set sail in 2013 is named after.
The Port of Felixstowe was represented by Clemence Cheng, CEO of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, the port operator. He said ““Maersk Line has a long-term relationship with the Port of Felixstowe and we are honoured that the naming ceremony was held here. The Marchen Maersk is the 17th maiden call we have had by one of Maersk’s Triple-E vessels this year. Maersk Line and HPH share a commitment to service excellence and, together, we offer UK importers and exporters the most competitive route to get goods to market.”
The Triple E vessels are amongst the most advance ships currently at sea. The Marchen Maersk is the 19thof 20 vessels first announced in 2011, and like its peers is almost 400 metres long and capable of carrying 18,000 twenty foot containers. The Triple E stands for energy efficiency, economy of scale and environmentally improved, and operates on Maersk Line’s Asia-Europe services. On 2nd June, a new order was placed for second generation Triple Es, which will enter service between April 2017 and May 2018.
The Marchen Maersk’s previous port of call was Rotterdam, and it started its maiden voyage in South Korea at the beginning of June. It now departs for Port Tangier, before heading back to the Far East, where it will call Malaysia, China and South Korea.
Her nakrar myndir, tá ið skipið fekk navn og Kristoffur helt eina talu og sum frættist, so kom hann stak væl frá taluni.
Vit á Norðoya Portalinum ynskja reiðarí og Kristoffur Joensen góða eydnu við skipinum.