The ships are designed to meet the highest demands for safety and economy. Each vessel is equipped with a waste heat recovery system, which reuses excess heat from the exhaust to generate energy for propulsion of the vessel or on-board electricity consumption. It is the first time that an Asian yard will install a waste heat recovery system of this size and efficiency.
Senior vice president Michel Deleuran, Maersk Line's head of network & product, said that these vessels are part of Maersk's fleet renewal and development program, which will enable the carrier to continue to offer competitive container shipping based on a modern, economical, and environmentally friendly fleet.
Maersk Line expects to deploy the new vessels in the trades to and from Sub-Saharan Africa.
According to Deleuran, Maersk has served the Sub-Saharan African market for more than forty years, and aims to continue to develop services in the trades between Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, the average export growth is currently 7% and average import growth 11% per year. Since 2002, export and import volumes have almost doubled.
Today, Maersk Line has a 25% market share in Sub-Saharan Africa and own offices in 35 countries in the region.