The (2nd) Largest Container Ship in the World
All records are meant to be broken — especially if you’re the largest container ship in the world!
I’m not sure who originally said that, but it’s true. Actually nobody said it — I just made it up. But regarding container ships, I wouldn’t get too carried away with all of the “We’re #1” stuff. All you need to do is check out this list of the largest container ships in the world, and you’ll see it’s true. Oh, well…
However, we here at Shipped.com happen to love anything that has to do with Shipping Containers. And when the CSCL Globe was launched in November of 2014 for her maiden voyage in December, she was indeed the largest container ship currently sailing in the world. This baby is 400 meters long, is equipped with 2000 reefer points and has a maximum capacity of 19,100 20-foot containers! Forget about it…that’s a lot of containers!
When I say currently sailing, I mean there are at least 5 more ships under construction at the time of this writing that will be larger than the CSCL Globe.
The Globe left Shanghai, China on its maiden voyage in early December 2014, and just about the time it arrived at its first port of call in the UK this past January, it was the second biggest container ship in the world, being surpassed by the MFC Ocsar, which was launched the day after the Globe arrived in Felixtowe, England. The Globe arrived on January 7th and the Oscar launched on the 8th!
Can you imagine…you leave port as the biggest and you arrive half-way around the world only to discover you’ve dropped to number 2 the very next day. Here’s a link to an interesting article and video by the BBC, which covered the arrival of the Globe. It was a very big deal in Felixtowe, as hundreds of people lined the shore to take videos and photos of the humongous ship’s arrival.
I’ll write about the Oscar another time. Until then, let’s bask in the glory of the Globe and give it up for number 2!
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