Largest Container Ships in World 2021

Oct 28, 2021

Let’s take a look at the world’s ten largest container ships based on their capacity

World's Largest Ships.jpg


Container ships are critical players in commercial intermodal freight transport, and thus in the maritime industry. Currently, these types of ships transport nearly 90% of non-bulk cargo around the world. These ships have been built in increasingly larger sizes to be more cost-effective, taking advantage of economies of scale and lowering operational costs.


So, let's get to know them a little better. The following are the ten largest container ships still in service, as measured in TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit).


Table of Contents:

No.10  Madrid Maersk

No.9    CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery

No.8    COSCO Shipping Universe

No.7    OOCL Hong Kong

No.6    CMA CGM Jacques Saadé

No.5    MSC Mina

No.4    MSC Gülsün

No.3    HMM Oslo

No.2    HMM Algeciras

No.1    Evergreen Ever Ace














No.10  Madrid Maersk - 20,568 TEUs

Largest Ship Madrid Maersk.jpg


Madrid Maersk, the first of eleven second-generation Maersk Triple E-class container ships, was built in 2017 in South Korea. With a deadweight Tonnage of 192,672MT, it measures 399 meters (1,309 ft.)in length and 58.8 meters(192 ft.) in breadth.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
Madrid Maersk2017399m/1309ft.
58.6m/192ft.20,568214,286
Maersk


Sister Ships:

·Munich Maersk     ·Moscow Maersk

·Milan Maersk        ·Monaco Maersk

·Marseille Maersk   ·Manchester Maersk

·Murcia Maersk       ·Manila Maersk

·Mumbai Maersk    ·Maastricht Maersk

 

See where Madrid Maersk is right now.





No.9  CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupéry - 20,954 TEU

Largest Ship CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupéry.jpg


Named after the French author and aviator Antoine De Saint Exupery, this ship is 400 metres long and 59 metres wide with 20,954 TEU, making it the largest container ship to sail under the French flag. It was launched in 2017 and entered into service in February 2018 to serve in the French Asia Line 1 (FAL-1), the longest sea route connecting Asia to Northern Europe.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator

 Antoine De Saint Exupery

2018400m/1312ft.
59m/194ft
20,954219,277CMA CGM


Sister Ships:

·CMA CGM Jean Mermoz

·CMA CGM Louis Blériot

 

See where CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery is right now.





No.8 COSCO Shipping Universe - 21, 237 TEU

Largest Ship COSCO Shipping Universe.jpg


With a carrying capacity of 21,237 TEU, this behemoth is China's largest cargo ship, built in 2018. It measures 400 meters in length and 58.6 meters in width. With a deadweight of 199,000 MT, the ship has become a flagship vessel of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which links China’s coast to Europe and Africa.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
COSCO Shipping Universe2018
400m/1312ft
58.6m/192ft
21,237
215,553COSCO


Sister Ships:

·COSCO Shipping Nebula

·COSCO Shipping Galaxy

·COSCO Shipping Solar

·COSCO Shipping Star

·COSCO Shipping Planet

 

See where COSCO Shipping Universe is right now.





No.7 OOCL Hong Kong - 21,413 TEU

Largest Ship OOCL Hong Kong.jpg


The OOCL Hong Kong is the largest container ship ever built, with a length of 399.87 metres, a breadth of 58.8 metres and a depth of 32.5 metres. In 2017 &2018, this ship were named the world's biggest container ship ever to cross the 21,000 TEU mark.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
OOCL HongKong2017
399.9m/1312ft
58.8m/193ft
21,413
210,890
OOCL


Sister Ships:

·OOCL Germany

·OOCL Japan

·OOCL United Kingdom

·OOCL Scandinavia

·OOCL Indonesia

 

See where OOCL HongKong is right now.





No.6 CMA CGM Jacques Saadé - 23,112 TEU

Largest Ship CMA CGM Jacques Saadé.jpg


Jacques Saadé of CMA CGM is one of the world's largest containerships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The vessel is 400 meters long, with a 61-meter beam and a height of 78 meters, and has a capacity of over 23,000 TEU. It was built in 2020 by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator

CMA CGM

Jacques Saadé

2020
399.9m/1312ft61.3m/201ft
23,112
236,583
CMA CGM


Sister Ships:

·CMA CGM Champs Elysées  ·CMA CGM Palais Royal   

·CMA CGM Louvre                 ·CMA CGM Rivoli        

·CMA CGM Montmartre        ·CMA CGM Concorde    

·CMA CGM Trocadero            ·CMA CGM Sorbonne

 

See where CMA CGM Jacques Saadé is right now.






No.5 MSC Mina - 23,656 TEU

Largest Ship MSC Mina.jpg


MSC Mina is a Mediterranean Shipping Company container ship with a capacity of 23,656 TEU, which also belongs to Gulsun class of container ships. The ship, which was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, is around 400 meters long and 61 meters wide.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
MSC Mina2019
399.8m/1312ft
61m/200.1ft
23,656228,741
MSC


Sister Ships:

·MSC Mina      ·MSC Isabella

·MSC Arina      ·MSC Nela

·MSC Sixin       ·MSC Apolline

·MSC Amelia    ·MSC Diletta

·MSC Michelle

 

See where MSC Mina is right now.






No.4 MSC Gülsün - 23,756 TEU

Largest Ship MSC Gülsün.jpg


MSC Gülsün at the time of her launch in 2019 was the world's largest container ship. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, she is almost 62 metres wide and 400 metres long. 

It is the first vessel of its kind to be capable of transporting 24 containers across the width of its hull.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
MSC Gülsün2019399.9m/1312ft.61.5m/202ft.
23,756
232,618
MSC



Sister Ships:

·MSC Samar

·MSC Leni

·MSC Mia

·MSC Febe

·MSC Ambra

 

See where MSC Gülsün  is right now.






No.3 HMM Oslo - 23,820 TEU

Largest Ship HMM Oslo.jpg


HMM Oslo is the sistership of the world’s largest container ship HMM Algeciras and HMM Copenhagen. Constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries, HMM Oslo and its sister ships made their maiden voyage in 2020.

This Panama Flagged Vessel is 400 meters long and 61.50 meters wide with a maximum draft of 16.50m.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
HMM Oslo2020399.9/1312ft.
61.5m/202ft
23,820232,311HMM


Sister Ships:

·HMM Rotterdam 

·HMM Southampton

·HMM Stockholm

·HMM St Petersburg

 

See where HMM Oslo is right now.





No.2 HMM Algeciras - 23,964 TEU

Largest Ship HMM Algeciras.jpg


HMM Algeciras was the world’s largest containership in 2020. It is one of twelve 24000 TEU Class vessels eco-friendly container vessels.

It is regarded as one of the world's most technologically advanced container ships. The Panama-flagged vessel measures 399.9 meters in length and has a depth of 33.2 meters. It has only 208 TEU more capacity than MSC Gülsün.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
HMM Algeciras2020399.9/1312ft.61m/200.1ft23,964228,283
HMM


Sister Ships:

·HMM Copenhagen

·HMM Dublin

·HMM Gdansk

·HMM Hamburg

·HMM Helsinki

·HMM Le Havre

 

See where HMM Algeciras is right now.





No.1 Evergreen Ever Ace - 23,992 TEU

Largest Ship Evergreen Ever Ace.jpg


The Evergreen A class is a series of 12 container ships being built for Evergreen Marine. The largest ships have a maximal theoretical capacity of around 23,992 TEU and are the largest container ships in the world. It measures 399.9 meters in length and 61.5 meters in width. 6 ships are being built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. Another 6 will be built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) at two shipyards in China.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
Ever Ace2021399.9/1312ft.61.5m/202ft23,992235,579
Evergreen


Sister Ships:

·Ever Act

 

See where Evergreen Ever Ace is right now.



Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_container_ships

https://www.marineinsight.com/know-more/top-10-worlds-largest-container-ships-in-2019/

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-58521299




World's Largest Ships.jpg


Container ships are critical players in commercial intermodal freight transport, and thus in the maritime industry. Currently, these types of ships transport nearly 90% of non-bulk cargo around the world. These ships have been built in increasingly larger sizes to be more cost-effective, taking advantage of economies of scale and lowering operational costs.


So, let's get to know them a little better. The following are the ten largest container ships still in service, as measured in TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit).


Table of Contents:

No.10  Madrid Maersk

No.9    CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery

No.8    COSCO Shipping Universe

No.7    OOCL Hong Kong

No.6    CMA CGM Jacques Saadé

No.5    MSC Mina

No.4    MSC Gülsün

No.3    HMM Oslo

No.2    HMM Algeciras

No.1    Evergreen Ever Ace














No.10  Madrid Maersk - 20,568 TEUs

Largest Ship Madrid Maersk.jpg


Madrid Maersk, the first of eleven second-generation Maersk Triple E-class container ships, was built in 2017 in South Korea. With a deadweight Tonnage of 192,672MT, it measures 399 meters (1,309 ft.)in length and 58.8 meters(192 ft.) in breadth.

 

Specification:


NameMadrid Maersk
Built2017
Length Overall399m/1309ft.
Beam58.6m/192ft.
Max.TEU20,568
GT214,286
OperatorMaersk


Sister Ships:

·Munich Maersk     ·Moscow Maersk

·Milan Maersk        ·Monaco Maersk

·Marseille Maersk   ·Manchester Maersk

·Murcia Maersk       ·Manila Maersk

·Mumbai Maersk    ·Maastricht Maersk

 

See where Madrid Maersk is right now.





No.9  CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupéry - 20,954 TEU

Largest Ship CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupéry.jpg


Named after the French author and aviator Antoine De Saint Exupery, this ship is 400 metres long and 59 metres wide with 20,954 TEU, making it the largest container ship to sail under the French flag. It was launched in 2017 and entered into service in February 2018 to serve in the French Asia Line 1 (FAL-1), the longest sea route connecting Asia to Northern Europe.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator

 Antoine De Saint Exupery

2018400m/1312ft.
59m/194ft
20,954219,277CMA CGM


Sister Ships:

·CMA CGM Jean Mermoz

·CMA CGM Louis Blériot

 

See where CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery is right now.





No.8 COSCO Shipping Universe - 21, 237 TEU

Largest Ship COSCO Shipping Universe.jpg


With a carrying capacity of 21,237 TEU, this behemoth is China's largest cargo ship, built in 2018. It measures 400 meters in length and 58.6 meters in width. With a deadweight of 199,000 MT, the ship has become a flagship vessel of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which links China’s coast to Europe and Africa.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
COSCO Shipping Universe2018
400m/1312ft
58.6m/192ft
21,237
215,553COSCO


Sister Ships:

·COSCO Shipping Nebula

·COSCO Shipping Galaxy

·COSCO Shipping Solar

·COSCO Shipping Star

·COSCO Shipping Planet

 

See where COSCO Shipping Universe is right now.





No.7 OOCL Hong Kong - 21,413 TEU

Largest Ship OOCL Hong Kong.jpg


The OOCL Hong Kong is the largest container ship ever built, with a length of 399.87 metres, a breadth of 58.8 metres and a depth of 32.5 metres. In 2017 &2018, this ship were named the world's biggest container ship ever to cross the 21,000 TEU mark.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
OOCL HongKong2017
399.9m/1312ft
58.8m/193ft
21,413
210,890
OOCL


Sister Ships:

·OOCL Germany

·OOCL Japan

·OOCL United Kingdom

·OOCL Scandinavia

·OOCL Indonesia

 

See where OOCL HongKong is right now.





No.6 CMA CGM Jacques Saadé - 23,112 TEU

Largest Ship CMA CGM Jacques Saadé.jpg


Jacques Saadé of CMA CGM is one of the world's largest containerships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The vessel is 400 meters long, with a 61-meter beam and a height of 78 meters, and has a capacity of over 23,000 TEU. It was built in 2020 by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator

CMA CGM

Jacques Saadé

2020
399.9m/1312ft61.3m/201ft
23,112
236,583
CMA CGM


Sister Ships:

·CMA CGM Champs Elysées  ·CMA CGM Palais Royal   

·CMA CGM Louvre                 ·CMA CGM Rivoli        

·CMA CGM Montmartre        ·CMA CGM Concorde    

·CMA CGM Trocadero            ·CMA CGM Sorbonne

 

See where CMA CGM Jacques Saadé is right now.






No.5 MSC Mina - 23,656 TEU

Largest Ship MSC Mina.jpg


MSC Mina is a Mediterranean Shipping Company container ship with a capacity of 23,656 TEU, which also belongs to Gulsun class of container ships. The ship, which was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, is around 400 meters long and 61 meters wide.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
MSC Mina2019
399.8m/1312ft
61m/200.1ft
23,656228,741
MSC


Sister Ships:

·MSC Mina      ·MSC Isabella

·MSC Arina      ·MSC Nela

·MSC Sixin       ·MSC Apolline

·MSC Amelia    ·MSC Diletta

·MSC Michelle

 

See where MSC Mina is right now.






No.4 MSC Gülsün - 23,756 TEU

Largest Ship MSC Gülsün.jpg


MSC Gülsün at the time of her launch in 2019 was the world's largest container ship. Built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, she is almost 62 metres wide and 400 metres long. 

It is the first vessel of its kind to be capable of transporting 24 containers across the width of its hull.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
MSC Gülsün2019399.9m/1312ft.61.5m/202ft.
23,756
232,618
MSC



Sister Ships:

·MSC Samar

·MSC Leni

·MSC Mia

·MSC Febe

·MSC Ambra

 

See where MSC Gülsün  is right now.






No.3 HMM Oslo - 23,820 TEU

Largest Ship HMM Oslo.jpg


HMM Oslo is the sistership of the world’s largest container ship HMM Algeciras and HMM Copenhagen. Constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries, HMM Oslo and its sister ships made their maiden voyage in 2020.

This Panama Flagged Vessel is 400 meters long and 61.50 meters wide with a maximum draft of 16.50m.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
HMM Oslo2020399.9/1312ft.
61.5m/202ft
23,820232,311HMM


Sister Ships:

·HMM Rotterdam 

·HMM Southampton

·HMM Stockholm

·HMM St Petersburg

 

See where HMM Oslo is right now.





No.2 HMM Algeciras - 23,964 TEU

Largest Ship HMM Algeciras.jpg


HMM Algeciras was the world’s largest containership in 2020. It is one of twelve 24000 TEU Class vessels eco-friendly container vessels.

It is regarded as one of the world's most technologically advanced container ships. The Panama-flagged vessel measures 399.9 meters in length and has a depth of 33.2 meters. It has only 208 TEU more capacity than MSC Gülsün.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
HMM Algeciras2020399.9/1312ft.61m/200.1ft23,964228,283
HMM


Sister Ships:

·HMM Copenhagen

·HMM Dublin

·HMM Gdansk

·HMM Hamburg

·HMM Helsinki

·HMM Le Havre

 

See where HMM Algeciras is right now.





No.1 Evergreen Ever Ace - 23,992 TEU

Largest Ship Evergreen Ever Ace.jpg


The Evergreen A class is a series of 12 container ships being built for Evergreen Marine. The largest ships have a maximal theoretical capacity of around 23,992 TEU and are the largest container ships in the world. It measures 399.9 meters in length and 61.5 meters in width. 6 ships are being built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. Another 6 will be built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) at two shipyards in China.

 

Specification:

NameBuiltLength OverallBeamMax.TEUGTOperator
Ever Ace2021399.9/1312ft.61.5m/202ft23,992235,579
Evergreen


Sister Ships:

·Ever Act

 

See where Evergreen Ever Ace is right now.



Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_container_ships

https://www.marineinsight.com/know-more/top-10-worlds-largest-container-ships-in-2019/

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-58521299




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