The international industry of shipping is amongst the world’s most significant industries in the trade world. It is responsible for fulfilling the movement of about 90% of goods worldwide.
According to a report from the International Chamber of Shipping, it is announced that about 50,000 merchant ships, which includes tankers, bulk carriers, and container ships, are now involved the business of transporting cargos on an everyday basis. This has definitely changed the global trade market over the last few decades. Shipping industry has come a long way from clipper ship to container ships which are driving the world economy nowadays.
The container ships are mainly designed to transport huge quantities such as cargos. These vessels are further categorized into several categories depending upon the length, carrying capacity, etc. of the container ship. Some of the types of containerships which is presently in service are feedermax, small feeder, feeder, ultra-large Panamax, Post-Panamax and New Panamax.
Here we have listed the largest container ships in the world according to their TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit) capacity and length. This article might help you to know a little bit more about container ships and their massive size.
- OOCL Hong Kong
Popularly known as OOCL, this is biggest container ships in the world and is the newest ship in the naval force of the Chinese shipping firm Orient Overseas Container Line. This container ships is 399.87 meters in length and falls under the category of Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV). This is also the first ship which has crossed the mark of 21,000 and has a carrying capacity of 21,413 TEU. The ship is a Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard construction which is 32.5 meters in depth and 58.8 meters wide.
- Madrid Maersk
This is a Danish ship and is the largest vessel of Maersk Line. It was considered as the largest container ship until OOCL Hong Kong. This vessel was constructed by the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard and its capacity is 20,568 TEUs.
It can carry about 23 rows of containers in its deck. The length of the ship is 399 meters and 58.8 meters wide and according to some reports, it is equipped with highly advanced facilities.
- MOL Triumph
This container ship is owned by the Japanese shipping operator Mitsui O.S.K. Lines. Its length is about 400 meters and its maximum cargo capacity is 20,170 TEU. This container ship was also constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries. It was the MOL’s first container ship in its fleet of six 20,000 TEU class of vessels. The vessel is 32.8m deep and 58.8m wide, and the deadweight of this ship is 192,672 DWT. It has the capability of cruising at a speed of 24kts and is powered by MAN B&W G95ME.
- MSC Diana
MSC Diana is owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company and this Pegasus-class container ship measures 58.80 meters in breadth and 399.999 meters in length. It has the ability to carry 19462 TEU and its weight is 197708.00 tonnes. Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea is the constructor of the vessel which is now sailing under the Liberian flag.
- MSC Ingy
MSC Ingy is also a Pegasus-class container ship which is owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company. The length of the vessel is 399.990 meters and its breadth is 58.80 meters. It can carry about 19462 TEU and its dead weight is 201869 tonnes. This is another container ship which sails under the Liberian flag and its draught is 23.31 meters. This vessel was launched in April of 2016 by Samsung Heavy Industries.