In the end of the year Maersk Line will be receiving the first in a series of 20 giant container ships of the Triple-E class. The new ships are contracted with a South Korean shipyard. But Seaintel estimates that the new ship won’t be a definite advantage for Maersk.
"Maersk faces a dilemma in 2013. The new ships are fine enough, because they have lower unit costs, but the challenge is to fill them up.In a way they have cornered themselves, because they also have decided to introduce the concept Daily Maersk, with almost daily departures. This means that you can not just uninhibitedly close routes to fill the big ships, without compromising the Daily Maersk concept. It is a sound concept, but only if there is enough volume", says owner of the shipping analysis company Seaintel Lars Jensen to the newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
"CMA CGM also get a few big ships more with 16,000 containers, which are the largest today, and several other ships with 14,000", says Lars Jensen told the newspaper.