The Dimensions of a Mega-Ship


An infographic released by the International Transport Forum (ITF) in its ‘Real Impacts of Mega-ships’ report shows the dimensions of the world’s largest ships, including the length and width of the world’s largest vessel.

To read the full report, click here

It was previously reported that the size of the containership had increased by around 1,200% in the last 50 years, with the world’s largest ships – the MSC Oscar and Oliver – having a capacity of 19,224 TEU.

In the infographic, the total length of the largest ships is marked out as being 400 metres long. Maersk’s Triple-E class vessels reach around 400 metres, and the steel used to construct the ship could be used to build eight Eiffel Towers.

Cosco has recently announced an order for a stunning nine 20,000 TEU ships, further driving up the scale of vessels and by extension exacerbating the ‘cascading effect’ that is permeating trade lanes of all sizes.

Read a Technical Paper by Drewry’s Neil Davidson on the impacts mega-ships are having on ports and terminals

Designers are also reportedly planning a 22,000 TEU ship that would be the first vessel to surpass 400 metres.

In a previous video, CMA CGM show how to construct a mega-ship, stating that it can take as long as two years.

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