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.
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 …
Image credits: Photographs by Jakob Wagner and used with permission