(Photo: Marine Traffic)
At 400 meters long, the newly-launched Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller is the largest ship in the world. It left the South Korean port of Busan, where it was built, on July 16th en route to Rotterdam. The Daily Telegraph describes this wonder of naval architecture:
No ship has ever been able to carry so many goods in one journey; the Mc-Kinney Møller has room for 18,000 containers, each of them 20ft long, 8ft wide and 8ft high. That’s enough space for 36,000 cars or 111 million pairs of trainers. But Maersk, the ship’s Danish owner, will not just benefit from the economies of scale that spring from operating such a large vessel; it will also save money on petrol.
The ship has been designed to sail at an average of only 16 knots – a system known as “super slow steaming” – which is expected to save the company around £750,000 in fuel on a typical journey between Shanghai and Rotterdam.
At the link, you can see infographics that illustrate the scale and capacity of this ship.