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World's largest capacity container ship embarks on maiden voyage

The CSCL Globe, shown here on sea trials, has embarked on its maiden voyage (Photo: HHI)
The CSCL Globe, shown here on sea trials, has embarked on its maiden voyage (Photo: HHI)
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The CSCL Globe, shown here on sea trials, has embarked on its maiden voyage (Photo: HHI)
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The CSCL Globe, shown here on sea trials, has embarked on its maiden voyage (Photo: HHI)

The world's largest capacity container ship has set off on its maiden voyage. Measuring 400 m (1,312 ft) in length and 58.6 m (192 ft) wide – or the size of four soccer fields for those more familiar with that alternative unit of measurement – the CSCL Globe can carry 19,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) shipping containers.

The CSCL Globe was constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd (HHI) for China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) and is the first of five ordered by the Shanghai-based marine shipping company in May last year.

Despite being the same length and 0.4 m (1.3 ft) thinner, the CSCL Globe can carry 730 more TEU than the Maersk Triple E class container ships that have a capacity of 18,270 TEU. This is partially thanks to the CSCL Globe's extra expected service draft of 16 m (52.5 ft) compared to the Maersk Triple E's 14.5 m (47.5 ft). Although, both these ships fall short of the the monstrous Prelude FLNG.

In spite of its extra carrying capacity, HHI says the CSCL Globe's 77,200 bhp (56,800 kW) electronically-controlled main engine, which automatically adjusts fuel consumption based on the ship's speed and sea conditions, allows the ship to burn 20 percent less fuel per TEU than ships with 10,000 TEU capacity.

The CSCL Globe set off from Tianjin, China this week, embarking on its first of many voyages on the Asia-Europe trade loop.

Source: Hyundai Heavy Industries

Update 1 (Dec 9, 2014): There is some confusion as to the draft of the CSCL Globe. We've contacted HHI and will update the story when we hear from them.

Update 2 (Dec 10, 2014): We've been informed by Mark Pomroy, the Marine Manager at China Shipping (UK) Agency Co Ltd that 30.5 m (100 ft) is the molded depth of the CSCL Globe, with the service draft expected to be 16 m (52.5 ft) and have updated the story.

20 comments
MattII
So it's about the same dimensions, and carries fractionally more, but at the cost of not being able to fit through either the Suez Canal of the Strait of Malacca? That doesn't seem hugely intelligent to me.
Brendan Dunphy
Due to its mammoth dirty power plant run on bunker fuel (which is where all the sulfur extracted from diesel fuel production goes) it and the 14 other largest container ships will together generate more sulfur dioxide and carbon than the entire global fleet of private vehicles. Progress? I don't think so!
BZD
@Brendan Dunphy It is progress as in being less bad than it used to be ie. those big ships pollute less per TEU than the older/smaller ones.
owlbeyou
So it's: less-bad-because-it-coulda-been-worse... This kind of thinking is not sustainable. It will never have to fit through any canal because it will probably serve the west coast of N. America anyway, bringing us our much coveted goods at the cheapest possible price, so our lives can be enriched by material wealth, that we can never have enough of.
moreover
@ Brendan -- Thanks for mentioning the bunker fuel; it is the worst of the worst. The US and Europe have been outsourcing their CO2 emissions by having their consumer junk being produced in China, so their emissions are in fact ours. We share one single atmosphere.
Bill Roberts
Brendan - Unless you personally purchase 100% locally manufactured goods, calling the CSCL Globe a polluter is at best, hypocritical. The article stated it consumed 20% less fuel per TEU than a ship half its size. That's what I would call progress. If you are so passionate about pollution, stop whining, purchase your goods from the craftsman and farmer down the road, give up your car, and turn off the heat and lights in your house.
joer
I wish people would top blaming America when the greedy capitalists in their own country exploit the WORLD market place by producing and selling cheap made junk which they make by exploiting the own countrymen and fellow citizens and doing it by using massive amounts of dirty fuels and dumping their left over garbage In the worlds waterways and airstreams. . Hey "moreover" you and rest the third world citizens need to grow up and step up and decide if your going to do the right thing or continue to exploit people and the planet for the short term gain of a very few elitist super rich .001 percenters. .
Lloyd Alter
The height is 30.5 meters, the distance from keel to deck. Draft is the distance from water line to keel. There is not a container port in the world that can handle a ship with 100 foot draft.
James Turner
It also cant fit in any US port to my knowledge with a 100ft. draft. New Orleans would be close but it is not always that deep in the channel especially lower end. Houston can't handle it despite being able to handle large tankers. Galveston, Texas City, Port Arthur, Mobile and Pensacola out even though they can take Aircraft carriers. I cant say for sure any of the West Coast ports could handled it but I doubt it since it only listed Asia-Euro trade. Even the new enlarged Panama Canal could not handle it when finished.
PeterKay
Hey, Bill. Great tactics. Very astute political manipulation. So, let's see. Attack the person, not the message. Pillory them for not being perfect, even if what they are saying is actually true. The other amusing bit in you comment, is that you speak as though a 20% reduction will matter. Funny. In point of fact, not a one old duo will be retired because of this launch, so it will simply contribute to an already horrendous problem. I notice that you did not address any of the real salient points in any of the posts. Well done! You have a shining future in advertising.