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'Emma Mærsk'

E-class container vessel ‘Emma Mærsk’ undergoes her second survey and maintenance works at Damen Shiprepair Brest

February 2016
Ship name
'Emma Mærsk'
Ship type
Container Vessel
Damen Shiprepair Brest
Tasks performed for this project
  • Survey
  • Maintenance

The E-class container vessel ‘Emma Mærsk’ visited Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) for her second special survey and maintenance works.

At 397 meters long and a beam of 56 meters, the vessel is one of Maersk Line’s largest container vessels.

DSBr’s largest drydock measures 420 meters in length and 80 meters in breadth and has ample water depth above the blocks suitable for accommodating the enormous size of ‘Emma Mærsk’.


DSBr, located in Brest, Northern France, is conveniently positioned along ‘Emma Mærsk’s’ regular voyage between Northern Europe and the Far East via the English Channel and the Suez Canal and allowed the vessel to drydock with minimal diversion.

The larger container turn-around terminals in Northern Europe - the ports of Felixstowe, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven - are all a short distance from Brest, which lies at the entrance to the English Channel.

Propeller overhaul

Work carried out to ‘Emma Mærsk’ included the removal, overhaul and refit of the propeller. As this is one of the heaviest propellers in the world, great care was needed with the planning and execution of this task.

Other assorted maintenance works included inspection of the boiler valves, shipside valves and the anchor and chains. DSBr also completed a complete wash down of the vessel’s underwater hull, a total of 24,850m² and the equivalent of more than three football pitches.

Ship owners’ trust

“It’s been a privilege to work on such a ground-breaking vessel and great to see our largest dock accommodating a ship of her size,” said Boudewijn Baan, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion Sales Manager.

“We are proud to be selected by such a global customer,” added Robert Diepenbroek, Managing Director at Damen Shiprepair Brest. “The shipyard was originally built to service the largest LNG, seagoing and cruise vessels.

“Recently the cruise vessel Norwegian Epic completed her first retrofit here within three weeks and the works on the ‘Emma Mærsk’ mark another milestone in building ship owners’ trust in our company.”


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Damen Shiprepair Brest is a well-established repair yard with modern facilities. It has three dry docks, the largest being 420 x 80 m, which is one of the biggest in Europe. This allows the yard to accommodate almost any ship in the world.