China’s largest containerships, powered by ABB turbochargers

Fleet of eleven containerships to be largest built in China, with ABB turbochargers ABB turbochargers are powering the main engines and auxiliary engines of the largest containership ever built in China, a 20,000 TEU vessel named COSCO Shipping Taurus, launched in June 2017. This first ship was built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (SWS) for delivery to COSCO … [Read more...]

ClassNK Completes Forensic Study of MOL Comfort Structural Failure

With known weather and sea conditions at the time of the breakup, finite element modeling conducted by Japanese classification society ClassNK showed that the MOL Comfort's hull should have had no problem handling the stress.  Nevertheless, the 8,000 TEU-class MOL Comfort suffered a hull girder fracture amidships on June 17, 2013, eventually split into two sections, and slowly … [Read more...]

Video: Looking Up at The World’s (Once) Largest Containership

Here’s a video showing the CMA CGM Marco Polo as it is towed into the port of Hamburg at night. With 16,020 TEU capacity, the MV CMA CGM Marco Polo once held the title of world’s largest containership from her delivery to the French shipping company CMA CGM Group on November 5, 2012 until the arrival of Maersk Line's first Triple-E in July 2013. The UK-flagged behemoth was … [Read more...]

Instead of Bulk Carriers, Food Importers Are Shifting to Container Ships

By Sarah McFarlane and Jonathan Saul LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Food importers in Asia are switching from dry bulk cargo ships to container vessels, which normally carry goods such as toys and TVs, as they offer a way to import smaller amounts and can be cheaper per tonne. The global transport of agricultural commodities traditionally has taken place on carriers brimming … [Read more...]