25 November 2006
These make the modern world possible
Michael Jennings


On the right is Emma Maersk, the world’s largest container ship (and the world’s largest ship of any kind that is still in operation), at the A P Moller terminal in Aarhus harbour in Denmark on November 11, a few minutes after completing her maiden voyage to Asia and back (Aarhus, Gothenburg, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Algeciras, the Suez Canal, Singapore, Yantian (Shenzhen), Kobe, Nagoya, Yokohama, Yantian, Hong Kong, Tanjung Pelepas, the Suez Canal, Felixtowe, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven, Gothenburg, Aarhus). On the left is her identically sized sister ship, Estelle Maersk, in port in Aarhus, waiting for a few technical difficulties to be resolved prior to her maiden voyage on a similar route. I went to Aarhus because I knew that Emma Maersk was coming into port. The presence of Estelle Maersk was a bonus.

Now on her second voyage, Emma Maersk sailed through the Suez Canal yesterday, and next docks in Singapore. Estelle Maersk left Rotterdam they day before yesterday, and next docks in Algeciras.

  1. “...currently in operation.”

    Now, there’s a story.  What happened? did they sink? were they too big for the docks? some other reason?  Please tell.

    Posted by Patrick Crozier on  28 November 2006 at 01:37 pm

  2. I’m sure when my uncle was on the supertankers they either couldn’t or weren’t allowed to pass through the straights of Dover. Can these babies? Or do they have to go round the top of Scotland?

    Posted by Mark Holland on  29 November 2006 at 01:54 am

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