Maersk Line preps Gothenburg port for Triple-E

Gothenburg port expects the new Maersk Line fleet of the world’s largest container ships to to call at the Swedish port. The preparations have started.

Photo: Port of Gothenburg

When the first Triple-E ship sets sail this summer, Gothenburg port expects that the ship or one of its sister ships in the series of the world’s largest container ships, will call at the port.

According to Swedish Sjöfartstidningen, the port has begun work on the preparations to enable the port to receive the ships of 1320 feet length and 195 feet width, which are to be inserted between Asia and Europe, and which can carry 18,000 containers.    

Together with Maersk Line, the port carries out simulator tests with a model of the great ship at the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology at Chalmers University. Among others, pilots have escorted the large ship in the port on the computer.

“We can handle vessels which are 198 feet in width, and now we are testing to see that the entries and exits work,” says the harbor master Jörgen Wallroth.

One of the other ports, which are preparing for the large ships, is APM Terminals’ terminal in the Spanish sea port Algeciras, which has invested in cranes to handle the new ships, APM Terminals confirms.

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