Maersk's Triple-E: from spec to sea
Maersk’s first Triple-E vessel is scheduled for delivery on 28 June 2013, with its actual service in the Maersk Line fleet on the Asia - Europe trade to begin in mid-July.
An official Triple-E website has been created to explain how to design a 400 metre ship that can carry 18,000 containers and consume 35 percent less fuel than much smaller ships, and how seafarers prepare for sailing a ship like this before it exists.
It is from this website where the progress of the vessels’ construction can be tracked, as well as a countdown to launch and delivery, and a multitude of photos, videos and stories from the many phases of the project can be found.
“A project like this has multiple stages and a huge diversity of people, machines and activities responsible for so many different parts,” said Steen Reeslev, Head of Group Relations at Maersk. “It’s fascinating, and until now has happened behind the gates of the shipyard.
“The Triple-E site is our chance to share the build and development of these amazing ships from beginning to end with our customers, employees and the public,” he continued.
The Triple-E website will host all new information about the Triple-E and is part of the wider communication plan around the Triple-E launch with a goal to excite and engage the general public, customers, investors and employees in the creation and launch of these vessels.
A number of events are planned in connection with the completion and launch of the first Triple-E, including a traditional naming ceremony in the shipyard, a maiden voyage, as well as local events in and around the ports of call. There will also be various social media events that will enable people around the world to participate on different levels in the arrival of these new ships.
“We want our customers, our employees and people around the world who are passionate about Maersk ships or ships in general, to feel part of this great project,” Reeslev continued. “We hope with the worldslargestship.com we can make it easy for everyone to experience and share the stories around these ships.”
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Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany