In the fastest evolving Maritime industry, the title “World’s Largest Container Ship” cannot be held for long. There is an unofficial battle between shipping rivals to build the largest container ship always exists. MSC, Maersk, OOCL, COSCO, MOL and CMA CGM are the top players in this race.
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So, Which is the Largest Container Ship in the World?
- MSC Gulsun is the World’s largest container ship ever built to date. It is the first 24k Mega Max container ship with a container carrying capacity of 23,756 TEU.
- It is longer than 4 football fields together and bigger than The Empire State Building and Eiffel Tower.
- With dimensions of 399.9 metres long and 61.5 metres wide, its a titan among container ships at sea. She is an engineering marvel roaming across oceans.
MSC Gulsun is owned by Mediterranean Shipping Company. She is currently operating under Panama Flag. She was built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and launched in July’2019. MSC Gulsun is powered by MAN B&W new generation G-type engine with an ultra-long stroke. This optimized engine design ensures efficient propulsion, reduced fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions.
MSC Gulsun is the first of 6 Megamax Container ships ordered by MSC Shipping. All of her sister ships Scheduled for delivery before the 2nd quarter of 2020. Refer here to know the status of upcoming Mega Container Ships.
Are these Megamax Ships Economical?
The new generation Megamax Ships are equipped with fuel-efficient engines and latest technologies to minimise CO2 emissions. These giants are built to carry twice or thrice of Cellular vessels. Thus leads to lower freight rate and cheaper overall transport costs.
Will this race ever end?
Not very long before 14500 TEU Ultra Max Container Ships were considered as mammoths of the ocean. This rivalry driven race will only end at the pause of engineering innovations. To know more about this unofficial race, check out the post – Top 10 World’s Largest Container Ships.