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Emma Maersk nearly 15,000 teu: AXS-Alphaliner

Paris: Paris-based AXS-Alphaliner has upgraded its capacity estimate of Maersk Line's giant boxship Emma Maersk that suggests it, and its seven sisters, will remain the world's largest containerships even when the rash of mega-ships ordered in the summer arrive in a few years time. Maersk itself has rated the ''PS'' class ships with a loadable capacity of 11,000 teu but AXS-Alphaliner has set the figure far higher at 14,904 teu, up from an earlier calculation of 13,512 teu taking into account nine tiers on deck rather than seven tiers before.  Launched in August 2006, Emma Maersk, at 398 meters (1,305 feet) in length and 56.4 meters (185 feet) wide, will not be able to take advantage of the widened Panama Canal, unlike the leviathans ordered recently. AXS-Alphaliner's analysis is available at: http://www1.axsliner.com/WWW/research_files/EMMA_MAERSK_capa_estimate.pdf . [26/09/07]

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