Maersk Line has officially christened its 18,000teu mega ship, the Marchen Maersk, during a ceremony held at the Port of Felixstowe in Britain.
Maersk Line is operating the 399m long Triple-E class vessel on its Asia-Europe service.
First introduced in 2013, the vessels of this class have a beam of 59m and a maximum draught of 16m.
Maersk Line UK and Ireland managing director Brian Godsafe said: "The Triple-Es, with their efficiency, economies of scale and environmental benefits, are an embodiment of our business.
"It is fitting that some of our customers, the lifeblood of our business, are able to be a part of such an event at the Port of Felixstowe, which is a key partner in the services we offer."
The Port of Felixstowe is capable of serving the latest generation of mega-vessels. The Marchen Maersk represents the 46th ship of 18,000teu or more to call at the port so far this year.
Port of Felixstowe CEO Clemence Cheng said: "The Marchen Maersk is the 17th maiden call we have had by one of Maersk’s Triple-E vessels this year.
"Maersk Line and HPH share a commitment to service excellence and, together, we offer UK importers and exporters the most competitive route to get goods to market."
Maersk Line recently signed a $1.1bn contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the supply of nine 4,000teu container vessels.
The 353m long vessels are expected to be delivered in 2017 and will sail under a Singaporean flag.
Image: Officials during the signing ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Port of Felixstowe.