With nearly 90% of non-bulk cargo worldwide transported by container ships, we take a look at the largest container ships in the world.
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Ever Ace is the world’s largest container ship, with a capacity of 23,992 TEUs. It set sail on its maiden voyage in July 2021. This 400-meter long giant has 24 rows of side-by-side containers,61.53 meters wide.
This state-of-the-art container ship was constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. Its main engine is a 2-stroke Wartsila engine with 11 cylinders that produces 70950 Kilowatts of power, allowing the ship to cruise at 22.6 knots.
HMM Algeciras is now the second largest container ship in the world, after Ever Ace took the top spot in July 2021. It has a capacity of 23,964 TEUs, just 28 containers less than the leading ship. It is one of twelve 24000 TEU eco-friendly container vessels.
The container ships are some of the most technologically advanced in the world. The Panama-flagged vessel is 399.9 m long with 33.2 m depth. The ship was constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.
HMM Oslo is close on the heels of her sister ship HMM Algericas in third place. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries, HMM Oslo and her sister ships made their maiden voyage in 2020.
The 400-meter long Panama-flagged vessel has a maximum draft of 61.50 meters and 16.50 meters wide. HMM Oslo can carry 23,792 TEU, just 172 TEU short of HMM Algeciras, the world’s largest container ship.
The MSC Gulsun is a massive container ship that can transport 24 rows of containers side-by-side. With a breadth of 62 meters, it is one of the largest cargo ships in the world and can carry up to 23,756 TEUs.
It was built by Samsung Heavy Industries and is registered in Panama. It is equipped with a dual-tower fire fighting system and is such designed that the increased container carrying capacity leads to reduction in overall carbon footprint.
The MSC Mina is also part of the Gulsun class of container ships. The MSC Mina, operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, has a container carrying capacity of 23,656 TEU.
The 400-meter long, 61-meter wide ship was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.
CMA CGM Jacques Saadé
CMA CGM’s Jacques Saadé is one of the world’s largest LNG-powered container ships, with a capacity of 23,000 TEU. The vessel is 400 meters long, with a 61-meter beam and height of 78 meters.
It is the first time a LNG-powered container ship has set sail under the French flag, the Jacques Saadé is also one of nine container ships built by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation.
The MSC Diana is a Pegasus-class container ship that belongs to the Mediterranean Shipping Company.
It has a carrying capacity of 19,462 TEU and is almost 400 meters long (399.9 meters to be exact), 58.8 meters wide, and 30.2 meters in the draught. It was built in 2016 by the Samsung Shipbuilding company in south Korea, East Asia.
MV Barzan is an ultra-large container ship built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea in 2015 for the United Arab Shipping Company.
With a DWT of 199,744 and a gross tonnage of 195,636, it was the world’s biggest container ship when it was produced.
COSCO Shipping Taurus
The COSCO Shipping Taurus was built in 2018 by Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, a marine engineering ship yard. It has a capacity of 20,119 TEUs and is 399.8 meters long and 58.7 meters wide.
MOL Triumph was designed with highly advanced marine engineering energy-saving technologies and built by Samsung Heavy Industries in 2017 in South Korea for the Mitsui O.S.K. Lines.
Its construction immediately made headlines as it was one of the world’s first 20,000 TEU-class container ships (20,170 TEU, to be exact) with a service speed of 22.0 knots, the maximum speed recorded is 24.0 knots.
The MOL Truth was manufactured by Imabari Shipbuilding Company Limited for the Ocean Network Express group of Japan in 2017.
At 400 meters long and 58.5 meters wide and has a container carrying capacity of 20,182 TEUs. The MOL Truth flies the flag of Panama and has an optimized hull shape that makes it not only one of the world’s largest container ships but also one of the most efficient container ships to set sail today.
Imabari Shipbuilding Company Limited has built another of the world’s container ships, Ever Golden, sailing under the flag of Panama.
With a length of 400 meters and a beam of 58.8 meters this is one of the world’s largest cargo ships. Built in 2018 it is one of the few cargo ships to have a container carrying capacity of 20,000 tonnage, with of 21,7612, a deadweight of 199,692
Madrid Maersk was the first 20,000 TEU class ship ever built. It is a second-generation of the Maersk line of Triple E-class ships, launched in 2017 with a deadweight tonnage of 20,568 TEU.
CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery
Named for the famous French author Antoine de Saint Exupery, who penned the beloved classic The Little Prince, the CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery is the largest container ship to fly the French flag.
This CMA CGM ship is also the biggest Europe-based vessel of its kind.
The CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery was built in 2017 by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction. Its overall length is 400 meters long and is 59 meters wide, with a dead-weight of 202684 MT.
This container ship is an environment-friendly vessel and is among the new generation of the world’s biggest ships with an engine that improves optimum performance and energy efficiency, and includes uv lamps.
COSCO Shipping Universe
The COSCO Shipping Universe was constructed in 2018 by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation for China Ocean Shipping Company Limited.
It is registered and sails under the flag of Hong Kong. At 400 meters long, 58.6 meters wide, and with a carrying capacity of 21,237 TEU, it is the largest cargo ship in China.
COSCO Shipping Universe is one of the largest vessels in the maritime industry and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road fleet, with a deadweight maximum capacity of 199,000 MT.
OOCL Hong Kong
OOCL Hong Kong is one of the largest container ship in the world with a container carrying capacity of 21,413 TEUs.
The OOCL Hong Kong, built by Samsung Heavy Industries in 2017, became the third ship to surpass the 20,000 TEU.
At 399.87 meters long, 58.8 meters wide and 32.5 meters deep, for the first time it is the leading ship of the G-Class and can carry 14,904 cubic meters of fuel.