Maersk Line this week revealed that the first of its ultra-large triple-E container vessels, the MAERSK MC-KINNEY MOLLER, will join the carrier’s AE10 Asia Europe service at Busan on 15 July.
The service entry date is noteworthy in as far as the 18,270 teu ship is scheduled for delivery on 28 June. The new record ship will thus spend the first two weeks of her commercial life idle at the DSME shipyard.
While Maersk Line has not provided any details about the planned christening ceremony, it seems a safe bet to assume that the Danish carrier will officially christen the ship on 13 June 2013, the 100th birthday of Mr. Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller whose name the ship carries and who passed last year at the age of 98.
The MAERSK MC-KINNEY MOLLER will replace the 13,092 charter vessel MAERSK EDMONTON on the AE10. The second ship of the ginormous triple-E class, MARY MAERSK, is expected to phase-in four weeks after the MAERSK MC-KINNEY MOLLER and replace the 9,661 teu BUTTERFLY, which Maersk sub-chartered from CMA CGM as a stand-in for the damaged EMMA MAERSK.
The maiden voyage of the world’s largest container ship will look as follows:
Busan 15/16 July, Kwangyang 16/17 July, Ningbo 20/21 July, Shanghai-Yangshan 18/19 July, Yantian 24 July, Tanjung Pelepas 28/29 July, Suez Canal Passage 09 August, Rotterdam, 16/17 August, Bremerhaven 21/24 August, Gdansk 21/24 August, Aarhus 26 August, Gothenburg 27/28 August, Bremerhaven 29/30 August, Rotterdam 31 August/01 September, Tanger Med 05/07 September, Suez Canal Passage 12/13 September, Singapore 27/28 September, Yantian 03/04 October, Hong Kong 04 October, Busan 07/08 October.
Maersk Line is to add a Busan call to its Chennai Express, so far linking North China to the Indian East Coast.
The new rotation of the six-week, fixed-day service will read as follows:
Qingdao, Tianjin, Busan, Shanghai, Nansha, Tanjung Pelepas, Chennai, Krishnapatnam (fortnightly), Visakhapatnam, Qingdao.
The 5,040 teu MAERSK DRURY is scheduled to make the first voyage on the revised rotation with a departure from Korea on 12 May.
The ‘Chennai Express’ will be the second service offering a direct link between Busan and the Indian port of Visakhapatnam, which was so far an exclusivity of ‘IFX’, a five-week service jointly operated by Hanjin, PIL and RCL.