Video: Discovery Channel to Air Construction of World’s Largest Ships

Discovery Channel to Air Construction of World's Largest Ships

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s Okpo Shipyard, South Korea is building the world’s largest ships – Maersk Line’s 400m long Triple-E container vessels. Maersk and Discovery Channel have teamed up to bring you every stage of construction from design to maiden voyage.

In this six episode TV-series, Discovery Channel has exclusive access to document every stage of the build; from the design of the vessels unique hull to the construction of the Triple-E’s enormous engines and propellers, from the environmental improvements and safety systems to the ship’s naming ceremony and maiden voyage on the Asia-Europe route. All angles relating to the ships design, build and launch will be covered – with many sequences in 3D.

The series will also focus on the human side of the Triple-E’s development and zoom in on the lives of some of the people involved with the ship including the naval architect, members of the site team supervising the build and the Captain as he trains for his new role and eventually sails the first Triple-E out on its maiden voyage.

Morten Engelstoft, Chief Operating Officer, Maersk Line says:

 “The Triple-E is an exceptional ship, in terms of its size as well as its energy saving technology and design. We’re excited about these vessels and proud to have Discovery Channel as a partner for showing how it is built and the people and passion behind it.”

Dan Korn, SVP and Head of Programming at Discovery Networks, West Europe said:

“Discovery always delivers a unique and exclusive perspective on the world’s most ambitious engineering projects and the building of the world’s largest ship is no exception. The Triple-E’s scale is unprecedented and we’re glad our audience will be able watch these mighty ships being built, and launched, on Discovery”.

Produced by Windfall Films “The World’s Largest Ship” will air on Discovery Channel in November of 2013.

The following video brings a glimpse of the construction work on the spot to be featured in the series:

With a capacity of 18,000 20-foot containers, the Triple-E will be the largest container ship ever built. It comes at a challenging time though, with weak demand putting strains on all carriers.

The first Triple-E vessel (Economy of scale, Energy efficiency and Environmentally improved) will be joining the Maersk Line fleet end of June 2013. While the focus is on its scale and size, there is much more to it than just that. The Triple-E will consume approximately 35 percent less fuel per container than the 13,100 TEU vessels being delivered to other container shipping lines in these years. It will also reduce CO2 emissions by more than 50% per container moved, compared to the industry average CO2 performance on the Asia-Europe trade.

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Press Release, March 18, 2013; Image: DSME