Maersk Line orders another 11 huge container ships

The Regina Maersk is 1,063 feet long, about 140 feet shorter than 11 new vessels Maersk Line has oredered.

Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk says it has ordered 11 huge container ships with an option to buy six more in a deal worth $1.8 billion.

Soeren Toft, spokesman for the shipping unit Maersk Line, says the 1,200-foot-long ships “will help us stay competitive in the Asia-Europe trade and will be key in our strategy to grow with the market.”

Toft says the vessels, built by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, should be delivered in 2017. They will be the largest in the Copenhagen-based group’s fleet.

The deal with Daewoo includes an option for six additional vessels.

The ships will be able to carry the equivalent of 19,630 20-foot-long containers.

Tuesday’s deal was part of a $15 billion investment program to meet growing demand for shipping and to replace less efficient vessels.

Maersk is the Port of Charleston’s largest shipping line. The newest ships would not serve Charleston.