Maersk reveals first replacement for ‘Big Whites’

Oct 6, 2004
Author: P&S

Maersk Sealand has named the first new container ship destined for the Europe – South Africa trades at a ceremony in Odense, Denmark on Saturday, 2 October 2004.

Mrs Inge Brenøe, wife of executive vice president of AP Møller-Mærsk, Lars-Erik Brenøe, named the 266m long and 37m wide post panamax vessel LARS MÆRSK.

The picture shows Lindø newbuilding No.193 Lars Mærsk at the outfitting quay at the Danish shipyard. Photo courtesy Maersk Sealand

According to Maersk Sealand the Lars Mærsk will enter the South Africa-Europe Container Service (SAECS) in 2005 as a replacement for one of the four ‘Big Whites’ currently in service with both Maersk Sealand (Maersk Constantia, ex SA Waterberg) and Safmarine (SA Sederberg, SA Helderberg, SA Winterberg).

The new ship is motored by an eight-cylinder HSD-Wärtsila Sulzer diesel engine developing 45,700 kW at 102 revolutions per minute, which is the equivalent of 62,200 BHP. According to Maersk Sealand the vessel will be capable of transporting up to 3,700 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent containers) at a speed of 25 knots per hour.

Lars Mærsk will carry a crew of 15 (compared with up to 40 or more for the Big Whites) but has accommodation for a total of 28 persons all in single cabins.

The new ship is registered in Sakskøbing and is to be commanded by Captain Kim Ulf Hansen. Birger Oskar Larsen is the ship’s first chief engineer.

At the namegiving ceremony were (from the left): Captain Kim Ulf Hansen, Mr Jess Søderberg, Partner & Chief Executive Officer, the sponsor of LARS MÆRSK, Mrs Inge Brenøe, Mr Torben Anker Sørensen, Managing Director, and Chief Engineer Birger Oskar Larsen

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