The Largest Container Ship in the World (for now)
I recently wrote about the CSCL Globe, which at the time of its maiden voyage was the The Largest Container Ship in the World, with a capacity of 19,100 containers and length of over 400 meters. The irony of that voyage was that by the time it left Felixtowe, UK, it was the second largest CS in the world, having been eclipsed by the Geneva based the container ship, the MSC Oscar.
The Mediterranean Shipping Company, founded in Sorrento, Italy is the second largest shipping company and container ship owner in the world. The MSC was founded by Gianluigi Aponte and currently run by his son Diego. The Oscar was named after Diego’s son. The Oscar flies the Panamanian flag and is a fairly impressive ship, as the photos prove.
Built in South Korea at the DMSE Shipyard, the Oscar will provide yet another link between Asia and Northern Europe. At 396 meters long, the Oscar is a few meters shorter than the Globe, but it can carry 124 more containers, the standard by which Container Ships are judged. At its current configuration, the MSC Oscar can carry 19,224 containers.
To see a fairly cool video of the Oscar at different stages of production, check out this video. And for those of you that enjoy tracking a ship’s location, check out her location from Vessel Finder. And for an extremely detailed article on the Oscar and the MSC in general, read this article in Lloyds List. If you like to read about containers, check out their Containersation, which consolidates and covers the Shipping Industry with amazing thoroughness.
Lloyds rules….and so does the Oscar!
Want to track the Oscar? Check out this link.
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