Largest Container Ships In The World

Largest Container Ships In The World

Largest Container Ships In The World

1) CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin
2) MV Barzan
3) MSC Oscar
4) MOL Triumph
5) Madrid Maersk
6) OOCL Hong Kong
7) Prelude FLNG
8) Emma Maersk
9) CMA CGM Vasco De Gama
10) Madison Maersk

Humans have always strived to build the biggest, largest and fastest ships. So, today we will be telling you about the largest container ships in the world.

Out of the different kinds of ships, container ships play an important role as they help in transporting cargo over long distances. Following are some of the largest container ships in the world today. The article only lists the large container ships of the world which are still in function. The world has seen a lot of large and amazing ships which are now not operational anymore.

1) CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin
CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin is a container ship which was built for the French company CMA CGM or Maritime Freighting Company – General Maritime Company. It is considered as one of the largest container ships of the world today. The ship was delivered in November of 2015.

It is a cargo vessel with a capacity of nearly 18000 twenty-foot equivalent units. As the name suggests the ship was named after the founder of the United States of America Benjamin Franklin. It has a length of nearly 400 m and a beam of 54 m. It also has a height of 60 m. Most of its routes are in Asia and northern Europe.

However, it arrived at the port of Long Beach in December 2015 making the first ship of its size to have been used in North America. The ship was designed in such a way that it meets the goals of its company to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and protect biodiversity.

The company became successful in this initiative by reducing the emission of carbon dioxide by nearly 50% in 10 years. As the ship is controlled electronically the use of oil and other fuels has also been significantly reduced.

2) MV Barzan

MV Barzan
MV Barzan

MV Barzan is a large container ship built for the United Arab Shipping Company or the UASC. It was built in South Korea in 2015. The construction of the ship was completed in 2015 and it was named in the same year. It is considered as one of the largest container ships of the world today. The ship took nearly 6 months to build. It has a length of 400 m on the capacity of 18,800 twenty-foot equivalent units. The ship has a deadweight of 199,744 tonnes. It has a beam of 58.6 meters.

The ship was designed in a way that would allow it to save energy and reduce carbon emission. According to the builder of the ship MV Barzan has the lowest levels of carbon emission per container. The crew of the ship is multinational and only consists of 35 members. Most of its roots are in Asia and Europe. This includes North China, South China, Central China, Southeast Asia and European ports like London Gateway, Rotterdam, Hamburg, and Zeebrugge.

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3) MSC Oscar

MSC Oscar
MSC Oscar

The MSC Oscar is a large container ship which was named in January 2015. It was considered as the largest container ship of the world at the time of its construction, surpassing the CSCL Globe. It is owned and operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company. The ship has been named after the son of the president of the Mediterranean shipping company. The ship was constructed in a total of 11 months. It is 395 m in length and has a beam of 59 m.

It has a capacity of 19,224 twenty-foot equivalent units. It has a crew of maximum of 35 people. The cost of the ship was 140 million dollars. The ship mainly operates in the east-west trade routes in the regions of Asia and Europe. It completed its maiden voyage and March of 2015. It is designed in such a way that it emits a lot less carbon dioxide. As the ship is large in size and can carry a lot of goods, it reduces or rather eliminates the need to make multiple container ships and thus helps in saving fuel. The ship also uses cargo storage space efficiently and provide extra flexibility for the loading of other extra goods on board.

4) MOL Triumph

MOL Triumph
MOL Triumph

MOL Triumph is a container ship which was built in 2017. It is the seventh largest container ship of the world today. It was built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. It has a capacity of 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent units. It is also the first ship in the world to have this capacity. It was built for Mitsui O.S.K. Lines which is a Japanese shipping operator. The ship was named on 15th March 2017. There are five sister ships to this ship that will be delivered soon.

The ship is 400 m in length. It has a beam of 58.8 meters, a draft of 16 m and the depth of 32.8 m. There are various different technologies used in the ship which help in the reduction of pollution and the conservation of energy. The ship mainly takes trade routes of Asia and Europe.

5) Madrid Maersk

Madrid Maersk
Madrid Maersk

The Madrid Maersk is currently the second largest container ship of the world today, after OOCL Hong Kong. It was built in the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard. It is owned by the Maersk Line. It was delivered in 2017. It is the second ship in the world to have ever crossed the 20-foot equivalent unit capacity of 20,000 after MOL Triumph. Port of Tianjin in China was the first port of the ship on its maiden voyage.

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It has a length of 399 meters and a beam of 58.6 meters. It is the first of the 27 new ships that the company plans to build in order to replace the old ones in its fleet. The project is expected to be completed in the year 2019.

6) OOCL Hong Kong

OOCL Hong Kong
OOCL Hong Kong

OOCL Hong Kong is the largest container ship ever built. It is the third ship in the world to have crossed the 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent units. mark. It was also the first ship ever to cross the 21,000 twenty-foot equivalent units. It was built at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard. It was delivered in May 2017.

This ship is also one of the most widely known ships in the world. The ship and its sisters operate on various trade routes all over the world. These are mostly from Eastern Asia to North Europe. This route includes from Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian, Singapore, via Suez Canal, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Gdansk, Wilhelmshaven, Felixstowe, via Suez Canal, Singapore, Yantian, and Shanghai. The ship has a length of 399 m, beam of 58.8 meters, a draught of 16 m and depth of 32.5 m.

This is till date one of the mightiest ships ever built with some of the biggest capacities. It can still not match the massiveness of the Knock Nevis which was the largest ship ever built by mankind. The sister ships of the OOCL Hong Kong include the OOCL Japan, the OOCL Germany, the OOCL Scandinavia, the OOCL Indonesia, and the OOCL United Kingdom.

7) Prelude FLNG

Prelude FLNG
Prelude FLNG

The Prelude FLNG is considered as one of the largest container ships of the world today. The FLNG in the ship stands for Floating Liquefied Natural Gas. It is the largest ship ever built of its kind i.e it is the world’s largest offshore facility ever made. The ship was built for a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell, KOGAS, and Inpex. It was built in South Korea by the Technip / Samsung Consortium (TSC).

The ship has a length of 488 meters and a width of 74 m. More than 260,000 tonnes of steel were required to build the ship. When it is fully loaded it is capable of displacing 600,000 tonnes. The ship was launched in 2013 while its construction began in October 2012. The ship is estimated to be costing something between 10.8 to 12.6 billion US Dollars. The life expectancy of the ship is about 25 years. Bishop also has been designed and so strong that it could survive a category 5 cyclone.

8) Emma Maersk

 Emma Maersk
Emma Maersk

Emma Maersk is one of the oldest and largest container ships which is still in service. It is owned by the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group. It was built by a company called the Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd. based in Denmark. The ship has been named after Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller’s late wife. Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller was an important figure in the company which owns the ship. It was launched in 2006 and at that time was the largest container ship ever built. In the year 2010, the Emma Maersk and her sister ships were some of the longest container ships in the world.

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This ship is capable of carrying 11,000 to 14,700 twenty-foot equivalent units. The ship has a length of 397 m, a beam of 56 meters, a draught of 16 meters and a depth of 30 meters. It is capable of occupying up to 30 crew members. Some large ships including the Emma Maersk were highly criticized for burning a lot of bunker fuel.

9) CMA CGM Vasco De Gama

CMA CGM Vasco De Gama
CMA CGM Vasco De Gama

The CMA CGM Vasco de Gama was built for the French company CMA CGM or Maritime Freighting Company – General Maritime Company. It is an explorer class container ship. Explorer class container ships is a series of ships built for the same company. There is a total of 8 ships in the explorer class container ship series. It has been named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama. It was built by the Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry in China. It has been in service since 2015.

It has a length of 399.2 meters, a depth of 29.9 meters, a beam of 54 meters and a draft of 16 meters. It was initially planned that the ship would be named after Benjamin Franklin what was later decided to name it after Vasco da Gama. Another ship called the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin was later launched in the same year and it was owned by the same company. The ship was delivered in July 2015. It has a capacity of 17,859 twenty-foot equivalent units.

10) Madison Maersk

Madison Maersk
Madison Maersk

The Madison Maersk is a very large container vessel or a VLCV. It is one of the largest ships built of its kind. It is also considered as one of the largest container ships in the world. It was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea in the year 2014. It is owned by the Ap Moller Maersk. It was ordered along with its sister ships which include Matz Maersk, Mayview Maersk, Marstal Maersk, Magleby Maersk, and Maribo Maersk.

The ship has a capacity of 18,270 twenty-foot equivalent units. It has a length of 400 m and a beam of 59 meters. It also has a draught of 15.5 meters.

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