Estelle Mærsk

Estelle Mærsk is a container ship owned and run by the Mærsk Line. She was, in 2009, the largest ever built by terms of gross tonnage. Estelle Mærsk has a capacity of 11,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), including around 1,000 40-foot (12 m) reefer containers, though a maximum capacity of 13,500 TEU is claimed. She is identical to the seven other ships in the E class, the first built of which was Emma Maersk.

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Estelle Maersk leaving Rotterdam.
NameEstelle Mærsk
OwnerMærsk Line
Port of registryHellerup, Denmark
BuilderOdense Steel Shipyard
Yard number204
Launched25 August 2006
IdentificationIMO number9321495
General characteristics
Class and typeE-class container ship
Length1,302.5 ft (397.0 m)
Beam183.7 ft (56.0 m)
Depth98.4 ft (30.0 m)
Installed powerWärtsilä diesel engine; 85,000 kW (114,000 hp)
  • 14,700 TEU
  • 1000 TEU (Reefers)

The Estelle Mærsk is 1,302.5 feet (397.0 m) long and has a gross tonnage of 151,687. Her beam (width) is 183.7 feet (56.0 m).[1] She is powered by a Wärtsilä diesel engine, assisted by a waste heat recovery system, that can produce between 80,000 and 90,000 kilowatts (110,000 and 120,000 hp) of power. A coat of environmentally safe silicone paint is used on the hull below the waterline, reducing drag and thus increasing speed and saving up to 1,200 tons of fuel per year. Estelle Mærsk was built by Odense Steel Shipyard of Denmark in 2006.[2] Mærsk claim that these technologies, and staying below 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) whenever possible, reduce emissions by around 25% compared to other ships.[1]

An older ship of the same name was attacked with rocket propelled grenades by Iranians near Dubai in 1987,[3] many years before the current Estelle was built.


  1. ^ a b Harrabin, Roger (18 September 2009). "Harrabin's notes: Shipping out". BBC News. Archived from the original on 9 September 2020. Retrieved 18 September 2009.
  2. ^ IHS Fairplay (2010). Register of Ships. Surrey, UK: IHS Fairplay. p. 2224. ISBN 978-1-906313-41-8.
  3. ^ "Iran raids 2 tankers, sets ships ablaze". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 7 December 1987. Archived from the original on 9 September 2020. Retrieved 18 September 2009.