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Is first in series of 12. Nine of the new ships will be deployed in Asia/Europe trade.
Maersk Line has launched the world's largest containership, a behemoth that is the first to break the 6,000-TEU mark.
The new 6,000-TEU vessel, Regina Maersk, was launched Jan. 10 in Maersk's Odense shipyard in Aaarhus, Denmark. The ship is the first of a series of 12 identical vessels, the first nine of which will be deployed in the Asia/North Europe trade.
The vessels symbolize the quest of carriers for scale economies, automation and gigantism. At 1,044 feet (318.2 meters) long, the new Maersk ships are longer than the Eiffel tower, but they are still capable of a high …