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World’s Largest Container Ship Arrives in the UK for the First Time

By 24/7 Staff / / January 8th, 2015

The Hong Kong-registered CSCL Globe, measuring more than 400m (1,312ft) in length, docked at Felixstowe at 12:30 GMT on Wednesday loaded with about 19,100 standard containers.

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 But how vast and powerful is it and how long until it’s superseded?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

“You would feel dwarfed by the Globe,” says Damian Brett, container expert at Lloyd’s List shipping publication. “It’s like an office block lying on its side. It’s a huge beast.”

World’s Largest Containership Also Sets Record for Largest Engine Ever
The newbuild for China Shipping Container Lines is also noteworthy for being powered by what is physically the largest engine ever constructed.

CSCL Globe has completed sea trials, putting the ship’s massive MAN B&W 12S90ME-C Mark 9.2 type low-speed main engine through its paces. The two-stroke engine is rated at 69,720 kW @ 84 rpm, although has been de-rated to 56,800 kW, and stands a whopping 17.2 meters tall (that’s over 56 feet!).

Just check out the size of this thing compared to a typical person:

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.

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    The UK recently welcomed the world's biggest container ship, the CSCL Globe, to the Port of Felixstowe. The ship is 1,312 feet long and can carry 19,100 containers. This is good news for the UK economy as it shows that trade is still flowing despite Brexit. You can click here  for more info as the Port of Felixstowe is the UK's largest container port and it is estimated that this ship will bring in an extra £130 million a year to the economy. This is a welcome boost to the UK economy which has been struggling since the vote to leave the European Union.