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Modern Terminals welcomes Madrid Maersk marking another milestone for the port of Hong Kong

09 July 2017

(Hong Kong) On 9 July (Sunday) at 11:30am the Madrid Maersk, one of the newest  generation of Triple-E vessels from Maersk Line and one of the largest container vessels in the world, berthed at Terminal 9 of Modern Terminals marking a new milestone for both the terminal operator and the Port of Hong Kong.

Peter Levesque, Group Managing Director of Modern Terminals Limited said: “With a capacity of 20,568 TEUs, Madrid Maersk’s maiden call at Hong Kong highlights the operating capabilities of the port as an international maritime hub and reinforces Modern Terminals’ competitiveness as a major player in the Region.

“This is an exciting moment for our company having made significant investments in our quay and landside infrastructure over the past two years to cater for the next generation of mega vessels. We have also been actively exploring new and innovative ways to gain additional operating efficiencies across the Hong Kong port, in order to provide greater value to global carriers like Maersk Line when they call Hong Kong.”

Robbert van Trooijen, Maersk Line’s Asia-Pacific CEO said: “We are very proud of the Madrid Maersk, which is the first in a series of our 2nd generation Triple-E vessels.  To deliver on our growth strategy we need new capacity.  Our new vessels complement our fleet and will replace older and less efficient tonnage.  They provide efficiency and economy of scale in specific trades and add flexibility across geographies.”

The 2nd generation Triple-E vessels are key to Maersk Line’s ambition to continuously take out operational cost, reduce CO2 emissions in the fleet and grow above the market.  They set new standards for liner shipping and provide further opportunities for customers and global commerce.  They boost environmental friendliness with greater fuel efficiency due to ultra-long stroke main engines with large diameter propellers and installation of waste heat recovery system.  They are approximately 35 percent more efficient than the average vessel on Asia-Europe trade when benchmarked against May 2016 figures from the Clean Cargo Working Group.

”Hong Kong remains an important location to the A.P. Moller Maersk Group. Hong Kong’s close proximity to China has been instrumental in driving Hong Kong’s development over the years. Hong Kong has long been a maritime hub with extensive marine services based in Hong Kong. We believe that Hong Kong will continue to be important to global shipping as a result” said van Trooijen.

The vessel is deployed on Maersk’s AE2 service with a port rotation of Hong Kong, Yantian, Xingang, Qingdao, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Algeciras, Felixstowe, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Algeciras, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Facts about the vessel:
• Length overall – 399.0 metres
• Beam (breadth) – 58.6 metres
• Height (above baseline) – 76 metres
• Height (above waterline) – 59 metres
• Draught – 16 metres
• Main engine – MAN B&W
• Nominal capacity – 20,568 TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit)
• Reefer capacity – 1,000 plugs
• Standard crew – up to 28
• Builder – Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), South Korea
• Flag state – Denmark

Please click the below link for the video of the vessel arriving at Hong Kong and berthing at Modern Terminals.