What you are about to read redefines the term “big”.
In February of 2011, Mærsk line announced that it had commissioned Korea’s Daewoo to build the world’s largest ship. At a cost of US$190 million, the 400 meter-long ’Triple-E’ class behemoth will carry 18,000 TEU containers, 2500 more than the vessel that ranks Number 1 in size, the Emma Mærsk.
This newest giant is scheduled for delivery in 2013.
At that time, Jack Martin documented some astounding facts about this class of ships for Gizmag:
Superior economies of scale will enable the new monsters to surpass the industry record for both fuel efficiency and (20% better) CO2 emissions per container moved. In a move set to impact global shipping transport costs and efficiencies, ten Triple-E ships will go into service between 2013 and 2015 with a further 20 ships optioned. If the same number of containers were loaded on a train, it would be 110 km long. If they were stacked on top of one another, they’d reach beyond the stratosphere (47 km).
The vessel’s enormous capacity will enable Maersk Line to move the greatest number of containers possible for its customers in the most energy efficient way and with the smallest CO2 footprint.
The Triple-E isn’t just the largest vessel of any kind in operation today: it is actually the longest and widest container vessel possible based on port restrictions. And the reality is that the visible dimensions of the ship–only four meters longer and three meters wider than Emma Mærsk, the world’s largest vessel in operation – do not fully convey its size.
The Triple-E’s enormity is actually in its bulk. Through feats of engineering, the Triple-E’s vastly expanded inside cavity gives it a capacity 16 percent greater than Emma (equivalent to 2,500 containers), despite relatively little change in the length and width.
In June, 2011, Marine Insight assembled a list of the longest ships currently afloat at that time. Can you name any of them?
Here’s a couple of hints. By reading the passage above, you already know the name of one, and it is the longest. Two of the vessels named are actually cruise ships. The rest are cargo ships.
And here are the first few paragraphs from the June 23, 2011 article that appeared in Marine Insight to get you started before you click through and discover the answers. Have fun!:
Of the largest ships that ever set sail in the world, most of them have been demolished at various points in history and scrapped from the face of the earth. The Seawise Giant or later known as the Knock Nevis, which is considered to be the biggest ship ever made had her final voyage in December 2009.
The existing largest ships are mostly containers and tankers and cruise ships. Here we have a list of the top 11 longest ships in the world in 2011 in an ascending order:
11) COSCO Guangzhou
Arguably ranked 10th in the list of world’s largest ships in 2011 is the Cosco Guangzhou, a container ship built in 2006 for Cosco Ship Management at the company’s shipyards and sails between the ports of China, India, Japan, Western Europe and the United States. Weighing 107,000 metric tons (deadweight tonnage), it has a length of 350 meters (1,150 ft), with a beam of 43 meters (141 ft). Its fuel efficient and less lubricant oil consuming engine enables to cruise at a maximum speed of 24.5 knots.
The next in the line is the CMA CGM Medea, a container ship, built in 2006 in the ship-yard of Hyundai Heavy Industries, boasts a length of 350 meters (1,150 ft) and a beam of 43 meters (141 ft). 50,109 net tons and a deadweight tonnage of 113,909 metric tons make the ship larger and more profitable. A reliable and high power engine produces a maximum speed of 25.4 knots.
9) Axel Maersk
A Danish container ship, Axel Maersk is part of the fleet of the Maersk Line. Constructed in 2003 in the ship-yard of the Maersk Line in Odense, Denmark, this ship is 352 meters (1,154.86 ft) long, with a beam of 43.00 m (141.08 ft) and weighs 109,000 metric tons (deadweight tonnage) with a with a gross tonnage of 93,496 gross tons. A strong and reliable main engine, which is also designed to emit lesser CO2, empowers the Axel Maersk to reach a maximum speed of 25.4 knots and a cruising speed of 23.9 knots.
Considered as the largest cruise ship ever constructed, the Allure of the Seas is owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. 360 meters (1,181 ft) long and boasting 225,282 gross tonnage, the Allure of the Seas is packed with numerous features like: entertainment and events with DreamWorks characters, Royal Caribbean’s L’Ecole Nouvelle, Specialty Dining at Chops Grille, Ocean Views Films Premiere, and Family-Game Night at Sea, Royal Advantage Revitalization etc.
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