A beautifully presented “minnow”: the “Susan Maersk,” built in 1997. Photo: Maersk
It has been quite some time since the “Susan Maersk” was one of the giants on the high seas. Built in 1997 at the “Odense Steel Shipyard”, which was still in existence at that time and belonged to the Moller-Maersk Group, the ship has a capacity of over 9,500 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units). That makes her a “minnow” among the kind of vessels with capacities far in excess of 20,000 TEU that are now put into service – also at Maersk.
And yet: the “Susan Maersk” is still going strong! For example, on routes passing through the Panama Canal, for which the current giant ships are far too big, even after the upgrade. And above all: traveling at full speed as shown here in this bird’s eye view, even after all these years she is still a grand sight.