CSCL Globe – Introducing the New World’s Largest Containership

CSCL Globe
CSCL Globe at sea trials. Photo: HHI

Move over Triple-E’s, there’s a new big dog in town.

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. in Ulsan, South Korea has just named the new title-holder for the world’s largest containership; a 19,000 TEU giant for China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) named CSCL Globe.

CSCL Globe measures 400.0 m in length, 58.6 m in width and 30.5 m in depth, and will be deployed on the Asia-Europe trade loop after being handed over to the owner later this month.

The ship was ordered by CSCL back in May 2013 along with four other 19,000 TEU capacity ships for a total cost of $700 million. The series was originally planned to carry 18,400 TEUs, but were later updated by 600 TEU.

For comparison, Maersk’s Triple-E’s have a TEU capacity of 18,000 and measure 400 meters long by 59 meters wide. Maersk Line has ordered a total of 20 of the ships from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, also in South Korea, to be delivered by 2016.

HHI says the CSCL Globe features a single, 77,200 bhp electronically controlled main engine to enhance fuel efficiency by automatically controlling fuel consumption according to the ship’s speed and sea conditions, translating to a 20 percent reduction in fuel per TEU in comparison with similar 10,000 TEU containerships. The vessel also features two EcoBallast seawater treatment systems, capable of treating 3,000 m3 of seawater per hour by filtering and sterilizing bacteria and plankton bigger than 50 µm with ultraviolet rays

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The naming ceremony, held Tuesday, was attended by Xu Li Rong, chairman of China Shipping Group; Zhao Hong Zhou, managing director of CSCL; Qiu Guo Hong, Chinese ambassador to Korea; Choi Kil-seon, chairman and CEO of HHI and 150 other guests. CSCL Globe was officially named by Godmother, He Li Jun, wife of Xu Li Rong.

HHI built the world’s first 10,000 TEU containerships in 2010 and since then it has built 82 large containerships capable of carrying more than 10,000 TEUs.

Upon delivery, CSCL Globe will take over the title of world’s largest containership from MV Maersk Maersk McKinney Moller and her Triple-E sister vessels, first delivered in July 2013. Before that, the title of was held briefly by MV CMA CMG Marco, a 16,020 TEU capacity containership delivered to CMA CGM Group in November 2012.