Largest container ship to visit Felixstowe
This month saw the Globe make its first ever visit into the Port of Felixstowe . The 19,100 TEU CSCL Globe was up until January, the largest container ship in the world. Shortly after it was put in second place as the world’s current largest by the brand new MSC Oscar which beats the total 19,100 TEU held by the Globe by 124 (totaling 19,224 TEU).
The Globe is operated by China Shipping Container Line on its AEX1 service and as well as Felixstowe, the vessel is calling at Rotterdam, Hamburg, Zeebrugge, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian and Port Kelang.
Being a total of 400 metres long the Globe is approximately the size of eight Olympic-size swimming pools and weighs as much as 14,500 London buses.
With the main aim being a saving in overall fuel consumption, container ships have been increasing rapidly in size over the last few years, many of the larger shipping lines are hard at work manufacturing their entrants in locations such as South Korea with the help of large industrial companies like Daewoo and Hyundai.
The question now is how long will the MSC Oscar hold the title as the world’s largest for?
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