Maersk: We don't just build big because we can

Maersk Line's Triple-E vessels have reduced costs and increased the carrier's competitive edge, but one should not keep up-scaling just because one can, says Paolo Tonon, Head of Maersk Maritime Technology.

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In the course of 2015, Maersk Line will place new orders for ships as part of the carrier's investment program totaling USD 15 billion over the next five years.

Numerous observers have speculated about whether these will be vessels of up to 20,000 teu and thus larger than the Triple-E vessels that started the wave of very large ships. According to the Wall Street Journal, Maersk Line is supposedly in the midst of negotiations with Asian yards, reported the paper in January, but so far this has neither been denied or confirmed by Maersk Line.

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