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The largest container ships in the world just keep getting bigger.
Maersk’s 18,000 TEU capacity Triple-E’s have been overtaken by China Shipping Container Lines newest ship, built by HHI the CSCL Globe. CSCL Globe is the first of 5 new CSCL 19,000 TEU mega-ships, besting Maersk’s biggest Triple-E ships by 1,000 TEUs.
Gizmodo: The CSCL Globe is the first of an upcoming fleet of five such $175 million vessels that the company plans to operate throughout the Pacific. The CSCL Globe measures more than 1,300 feet long, almost 200 feet wide, 98 feet deep, and weighs 183,800 tons. It’s powered by a single 94,791 hp MAN B&W 12-cylinder diesel engine. That’s not quite as powerful as the RTA96-C, but the CSCL Globe’s engine incorporates an electronically-controlled throttle that takes the ships relative speed and the prevailing ocean conditions into account to offer increased fuel efficiency rates. In fact, the ships engine burns 20 percent less fuel per TEU than a cargo ship roughly half its size, even when travelling at its 16 knot top speed.
IHS Maritime: CSCL Globe will be joined into early 2015 by deliveries of four sister ships: CSCL Arctic Ocean, CSCL Atlantic Ocean, CSCL Indian Ocean, and CSCL Pacific Ocean (scheduled for delivery next month).
It’s a bit brisk on the waterfront these days, but great light for photos. I photographed a couple of first timers and some regulars this week. Also, I caught the guys on the Vane tug Red Hook “Spotting Me”. The “Offshore Supply Vessel” Michael Lawrence and the James William ex Lisa Moran were among this week’s highlights.