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DSME Launches World's Largest Containership

SEOUL, KOREA - Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering held a naming ceremony for the world's largest 18,000-TEU containership at its Okpo Shipyard in Geoje Island in South Gyeongsang Province on June 14.

Danish ship owner Maersk exercised its option attached to its previous order for ten 18,000 TEU containerships it had placed in 2011 from the Korean shipyard. Maersk, accordingly, ordered a total of twenty 18,000-TEU containerships from DSME. Costing 200 billion won apiece, the ships have a combined value of about 4 trillion won.

The ship, named on June 14, was the first in a series of the twenty ships ordered en bloc by the Danish owner. The ship has a length of 399 meter and a width of 59 meter, with the size of its deck similar to the combined size of four soccer stadiums.

The ship was named "Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller" by Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla, vice chairman of Maersk's board of directors. The ship bears the name of the late Danish ship magnate Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, who passed away in April 2012. Ane Maersk Mc-Kinney Uggla is the youngest daughter of Moller.

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