OOCL Hong Kong Breaks 21,000 TEU Mark, Becoming ‘World’s Largest Containership’

Less than two months after the MOL Triumph earned the title of the world's largest containership by carrying capacity as the first ship to cross the 20,000 TEU mark, a new Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV) is already boasting the ability to transport more than 21,000 twenty-foot containers as the world’s largest shipping companies compete to expand their fleets. On … [Read more...]

Madrid Maersk, the Latest World’s Biggest Containership, Enters Service in China

The latest ultra-large container vessel (ULCV) to wear the crown for the title of the 'world's largest containership', and one of the first vessels to surpass the 20,000 mark, has entered into service with its maiden port call in China. Maersk Line confirmed Tuesday that on 27 April 2017, Madrid Maersk, a 20,568 TEU containership and the first of Maersk Lines' 2nd generation … [Read more...]

Five ‘World’s Largest Containership’ Titleholders SPOTD

Today's ship photos are of five containerships that were once considered the world's largest by TEU carrying capacity. The list starts with the mighty Emma Maersk, part of the Mearsk E-Class, delivered in 2006. While each of these ships would eventually be joined by sister vessels of equal size, each at one point was considered the sole titleholder for the … [Read more...]

World’s Biggest Containership Title Shifts Monthly as Rates Fall

By Kyunghee Park (Bloomberg) -- This is how much size matters in the shipping industry: Bragging rights for the world’s largest container ship have changed hands four times in as many months - - and will soon shift again. With weak freight rates encouraging shipping lines to send as many goods as possible in a single voyage, Samsung Heavy Industries Co., the world’s … [Read more...]

MOL Orders Record-Breaking 20,150 TEU Capacity Containerships

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has entered into a contract with Samsung Heavy Industries for the construction of four 20,150 TEU capacity Ultra Large Container Carriers. MOL also announced that it has concluded an Memorandum of Understanding for long-term charter of two additional 20,150 TEU capacity containerships with Shoei Kisen Kaisha, headquartered in Imabari-shi, Japan. Those two … [Read more...]