How is Maersk’s new Triple E class containerships—nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall—like a job shop?
Forget the fact that, as reported by BusinessWeek, the behemoth is designed to go only 16 knots to save fuel. Sure, heat-capture devices use heat from the massive ship engines to drive secondary turbines, saving fuel a bit. But you also just can’t beat the savings of going slow, not just for the Triple E but for any ship, really. If you need a small quantity of something fast, a container ship isn’t for you.
With all that capacity, the slow-moving ships may work well for companies that need a lot of something, but aren’t necessarily in a hurry. But the demand for this kind of business is incredibly cyclical. And it just so happens that these ships give Maersk some unprecedented levels of capacity.