Triple-E gets high marks for economy

There are massive financial benefits from sailing containers on Maersk's huge Triple-E ships, according to an analysis by Drewry.

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They're hard to miss. The massive Triple-E ships are not only the biggest ships in the world right now, they're also the most economic ships by far, according to a new analysis from Drewry.

When the first Triple-E ship, named for late shipowner Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, is fully loaded, it holds 18,270 containers, and under normal circumstances the ship would consume 164 tons of fuel per day. Thus, the estimated IFO bunker costs would be 35 percent lower than for a typical 13,100 teu ship if calculated by individual containers. If converted, this corresponds to USD 128 for a "Triple-E container" versus USD 333 for the smaller container ships.

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