Photos Taken Aboard One of the World’s Largest Ships, the Emma Mærsk


The Emma Mærsk is one of the largest ships in existence. In fact, when it first launched in 2006, it was the largest. Measuring in at almost a quarter-mile long, it can carry more cargo than a 41-mile-long train, and sports the world’s largest diesel engine under the hood.

Of course, numbers and statistics are hard to really fathom, so we’re fortunate that photographer Jakob Wagner was able to hitch a ride on the Emma Mærsk back in 2010 with his camera in tow.

At the time, Wagner was only a photographic assistant, but that didn’t stop him from wandering the decks taking pictures of the massive ship and compiling them into a photo series of his own dubbed Container.

Seventeen photos in all, Wagner captured the loading of the ship in Rotterdam, a 100-mile journey across the English Channel to Felixstowe, and everything in between. There’s even photos of the ships navigation deck, manned by an extremely laid-back captain:


Here are the other photographs Wagner captured from aboard the ship:
















Sadly, at last update the Emma Mærsk was out of commission. As of late February, she was scheduled to be undergoing 4-months worth of repairs in Italy after taking serious damage in the Suez Canal a month earlier.

But have no fear, if you like huge ships, you’ll be happy to know that Mærsk has already ordered an even larger set of “Triple E-Class” vessels, the first of which are to be delivered in 2014. Now if we could just figure out a way to get Wagner on one of those …

(via Jakob Wagner via Gizmodo)

Image credits: Photographs by Jakob Wagner and used with permission

  • Adam Cross

    very nice. I always want to shoot misty photos but I’m just never prepared to wake up early enough :P

  • Neo Racer

    Oh oh he has pictures of a dock, report him to TSA for photo terrorism

  • Based Anon

    Miki’s photos were more impressive…

  • cokal

    Welcome to europe, where nobody cares about the TSA ;)

  • Bill Binns

    Years ago I read that many freighters take a few paying passengers on every trip. It’s very expensive, no frills and many trips are months long but this is pretty much my dream vacation. Being one of 15 or so people on a 1000+ ft freighter beats the hell out of being one of 5000 on one of Carnival’s floating buffets as far as I’m concerned.

  • Neo Racer

    Yea they where all over my ass for taking pics of a crane from a public road lloll made me delete my pics too!!

  • Chris

    Can’t agree more with you. My dream cruise would be aboard one of those russian nuclear-powered icebreakers.

  • Ayden Gotzmer

    I do hope you got their names. Forcing you to delete your pictures is against the law.

    Know your rights.

  • Neo Racer

    yea its all well and good to know the rights, but first they will beat you down, arrest you and you can argue about it in jail. I didn’t wanna go that route..(I know your right)

  • Neo Racer

    We don’t have any rights, anymore..

  • Chris Rusanowsky

    Amazing Images!

  • Burnin Biomass

    On Facebook I follow the M.v. Algolake ( ). She is a bulk carrier on the Great Lakes. Although the images may not be all of Mr. Wagners quality, many of them are quite good.

  • Steven Wade

    Welcome to a very large liberal controlled government.

  • Neo Racer

    yepp they want to ban aerial photography now but of course, they can shoot us (literally & figuratively) with THEIR

  • Austin Smith

    Ah the Algolake. The Chief Mate and the Chief Engineer are both talented photographers. I was on there for a hair under 4 months as an apprentice officer. Excellent crew

  • Dov

    Sorry no! its conservative run. remember its a republican controlled congress so all republican