The World's Largest Cargo Ship

Get a load of this ship!  15,000 containers and a 207-foot beam!  And look at the crew size for a ship that is longer than a U.S. aircraft carrier (which has a complement of 5,000 men and officers).

Think it's big enough?  Notice that a 207-foot beam means it was NOT designed for the Panama or Suez canals.  It is strictly trans-Pacific.  Check out the cruise speedů..31 mph means the goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 mph) on a China-to-California run.  So this behemoth is hugely competitive carrying perishable goods.  This ship was built in three, and perhaps as many as five, sections. The sections were floated together and then welded.

The ship is named Emma Maersk.  The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 rigs that can operate simultaneously.


Additional info:


Country of origin: Denmark

Length - 1,302 ft

Width - 207 ft

Net cargo - 123,200 tons

Engine - 14 in-line cylinder diesel engine (110,000 BHP)

Cruise Speed - 31 mi/h

Cargo capacity - 15,000 TEU.   
Note: A cargo ship's capacity is measured in TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).
This is the number of 20-foot containers that a vessel can carry.

Crew - 13 people

First Trip - Sept. 08, 2006

Construction cost - US $145,000,000+

Silicone paint applied to the ship's bottom reduces water resistance
and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year.

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