For the first time in Portugal, a Maersk vessel from the “Triple E” class called the Port of Sines on last September 18. It was the “Maersk MC Kinney-Møller” with a capacity of 18.270 TEU, 399m of l.o.a. and a 59m beam, allowing having 23 containers’ rows aboard.
The vessel started operating in 2014, and the call in Sines lasted for 13 hours, under the responsibility of PSA at the Sines Container Terminal (TXXI) with a total handling of 1.200 TEU. The vessel then headed to the Suez and to Singapore, integrating the Lion service, connecting Europe to the Far East under the 2M alliance, comprising the 1st and 2nd international ship-owners, Maersk and MSC respectively. In operation since the beginning of this year, the 2M has selected the Port of Sines to perform several intercontinental services.
This is already the third ULCS – Ultra Large Container Ship calling the Port of Sines in the last few weeks, attesting the endowment of this infrastructure for receiving and operating Deep Sea vessels. After two ULCS from MSC, it was now the turn of one from Maersk, belonging to the family of the “Triple E”. The name of this family of vessels derives from its three design principles: Economy of Scale, Energy efficient and Environmentally improved. They aim to be not only the largest vessels operating in the world but also the most efficient per unit of cargo (TEU).