The world’s largest container ships now rivals crude oil tankers and bulk carriers as one of the largest commercial seaborne vessels.
Container ships are a common means of commercial intermodal freight transport and now carry most seagoing non-bulk cargo.
Today, about 90% of non-bulk cargo worldwide is transported by container ships, and the largest modern container ships can carry up to 24,000 TEU.
Largest Container Ship In 2022
The world’s largest container ship is the Ever Ace which has a capacity of approx 23,992 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).
In this article we will be listing the world’s largest container ships in 2022 , based on TEU capacity. Typical loads are a mix of 20-foot (1-TEU) and 40-foot (2-TEU) ISO-standard containers, with the latter predominant.
Table of Contents
Evergreen A class is a series of 14 container ships being built for Evergreen Marine. The largest ships have a maximal theoretical capacity of around 23,992 TEU and are the largest container ships in the world.
Six ships are being built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. Another eight will be built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) at two shipyards in China. As of August 2021, the record for most containers loaded onto a single ship is held by the Ever Ace, which carried a total of 21,710 TEU of containers from Yantian to Europe.
HMM Algeciras is the world’s second largest container ship with a capacity of 23,964 TEUs, and is one of twelve 24000 TEU eco-friendly container vessels.
Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea. It is 61 metres (200 ft 2 in) wide and 399.9 metres (1,312 ft 0 in) long.
Following closely behind its sister ship HMM Algericas, the HMM Oslo is the world’s third largest container ship with a carrying capacity of 23,792 TEU
Built by Samsung Heavy Industries, the Panama Flagged Vessel made its maiden voyage in 2020 measuring 400 meters long and 61.50 meters wide with a maximum draft of 16.50m.
Registered in Panama and operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, MSC Gülsün is the world’s fourth largest container ship at almost 62 metres (203 ft 5 in) wide and 400 metres (1,312 ft 4 in) long.
Built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, with a cargo system designed by MacGregor International AB the ship has a capacity of 23,756 containers (23,756 TEU) in rows of 24 across.
Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, the MSC Mina belongs to the Gulsun class of container ships.
The ship has a container carrying capacity of 23,656 TEU and measures around 400 metres long and 61 metres wide.
CMA CGM Jacques Saadé
CMA CGM Jacques Saadé entered commercial operation in 2020 with a capacity of 23,000 TEU. The ship was the first of a class of nine sisterships which at the time of construction were the world’s largest vessels to be powered using liquefied natural gas.
OOCL Hong Kong
The first ship to surpass the 21,000 TEU mark, the OOCL Hong Kong was launched in 2017 measuring 399.87 metres, a breadth of 58.8 metres and a depth of 32.5 metres.
OOCL Hong Kong is powered by an inline two-stroke, 11-cylinder MAN Diesel & Turbo (MDT) G-type 11G95ME-C9 engine, which generates 83,656 hp (62,382 kW) of power at 79 RPM.
This engine allows for a top speed of 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph), although her cruising speed is only 14.6 knots (27.0 km/h; 16.8 mph
COSCO Shipping Universe
The COSCO Shipping Universe is one of a series of 6 container ships built for COSCO SHIPPING Lines.
The ships have a maximum theoretical capacity of 21,237 TEU. They are some of the largest container ships ever built and was the second class of ships to exceed 21,000 TEU of capacity after the OOCL G-class (21,413 TEU). At the time they were also the largest Chinese built container ships.
CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery
Launched in 2017, the CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery was built by the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, Philippines.
With a capacity of 20,954 TEU and measuring 400 metres long and 59 metres wide and has a deadweight of 202684 MT, it is the largest container ship to sail under the French flag.
Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, the Madrid Maersk was the first of eleven second-generation Maersk Triple E-class container ships.
With a capacity of 20,568 TEUs and measuring 399 meters in length and 58.8 meters in breadth, the Madrid Marsk was the second container ship to surpass the 20,000 TEU mark.