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1default The sea monster (for 53 days) on January 8th 2015, 4:19 am


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The world's largest container ship, the Globe, is docking in Britain for the first time as it continues its maiden voyage. But how vast and powerful is it and how long until it's superseded?


The Globe is more than 400m (1,312ft) long, the equivalent of eight Olympic-size swimming pools. It is 56.8m (186ft) wide and 73m (240ft) high, its gross tonnage is 186,000 - the equivalent of 14,500 London buses, according to the Port of Felixstowe, where it arrived on Wednesday.

But the record-breaking aspect of the Globe, owned by Shanghai-based China Shipping Container Lines and built in South Korea, is its capacity. It can carry 19,100 standard 20ft containers. That's estimated to be enough space for 156 million pairs of shoes, 300 million tablet computers or 900 million standard tins of baked beans.

Laid end-to-end, the maximum number of containers on board would stretch for 72 miles, the distance between Felixstowe and London, or Birmingham and Manchester.

The Globe's maiden voyage began in the Chinese city of Qingdao on 3 December and is due to end in Ningbo, China, on 25 February. Felixstowe is its first European stop. It will also call at Rotterdam, Hamburg and Bruges.

The Globe is the first of a series of five such ships of the same size to be built by South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries. All are expected to be delivered by the end of the year.

A short reign

The Globe's period as the world's biggest cargo ship is due to end later this month. The Oscar, owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company and built by Daewoo in South Korea, is scheduled for its official launch on Thursday. Named after company president Diego Aponte's son Oscar, it will be able to carry 19,224 20ft containers.

Its first full voyage, from Asia to Europe, starts on 25 January - 53 days after the Globe's commercial debut.

Ships of this size (over about 18,000 containers) can only be used on the Asia to Europe lines as ports in other Countries including the U.S. can't handle them.

The Globe docked at Felixstowe UK on Wednesday.


The engine has also set a second World record as the largest ever built. Not in terms of power, but in terms of sheer physical size, according to its German design firm Man Diesel. It is 17.2m (56.5ft) high, 5.2m (17ft) wide and 22.5m (74ft) wide.

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2default Re: The sea monster (for 53 days) on January 15th 2015, 3:38 am


Very neat. It almost looks like it was made of legos because of all the box shapes


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