The Danish islands and straits, which limit the Baltimax ship size
|Tonnage:||100,000 DWT..205,000 DWT|
|Length:||240 m (787 ft)..400 m (1,312 ft)|
|Beam:||42 m (138 ft)..68 m (223 ft)|
|Height:||65 m (213 ft)|
|Draft:||15.4 m (51 ft)|
MV Elysee is a Balticmax Gearless container feeder vessel which has room for 1,404 20-feet (TEU) containers.
|Type:||1425 TEU ICE CLASSED CONTAINER VESSEL|
|Length:||168.00 m (551 ft)|
|Beam:||26.80 m (88 ft)|
|Draft:||9.60 m (31 ft)|
|Propulsion:||MAN B&W 8L5864, 11.200 kW|
Baltimax is a naval architecture term for the largest ship measurements capable of entering and leaving the Baltic Sea in a laden condition.
It is the Great Belt route that allows the largest ships. The limit is a draft of 15.4 metres and an air draft of 65 metres (limited by the clearance of the east bridge of the Great Belt Fixed Link) . The length can be around 240 m and the width around 42 m. This gives a weight of around 100.000 metric ton.
Nevertheless, there are also certain larger ship types plying the baltic sea. Particularly the so-called B-Max-crude oil tanker with more than 205.000 tons deadweight (68 m width, 325 m length) and the Maersk Triple E class container ship, 400 m length and 165,000 metric tons deadweight.
The Öresund allows only 8 m draft and is no alternative for large ships. The shortcut Nord-Ostsee-Kanal, allows 9,5 m draft.
Furthermore many ports limit ship size. The iron ore ports of Luleå (11 m, to be deepened to 13 m) and Kemi (10 m) and the large oil port of Klaipėda (12.5 m) have less draft than Baltimax. The largest oil port is Primorsk, Leningrad Oblast|Primorsk which has 15 m draft, similar to Baltimax. The Gdańsk container port can take the 165.000 ton 14.5 m draft ship.