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How large ships are built (timelapse)

Ever wondered how these huge freight carriers, which have a length of more
than 1000 feet, are built and then watered? Then you should watch this 75
seconds timelapse and your question should be answered. Maersk and a
shipyard in Korea have built the largest freight carrier, recording the result.

What you see, is the growth of the largest container freight ship. It’s dimensions are as follows:

  • Length: 400 metres (1312 feet)
  • Width: 59 metres (194 feet)
  • Height: 73 metres (240 feet)
  • Draft: 14 metres (48 feet)
  • Capacity: 18’000 small cargo units (TEU – Twenty-feet-Equivalent-Unit)
  • Deadweight tonnage: 160’000 tonnes
  • Speed: up to 25 knots (46 km/h) – Optimum: 19 knots (37 km/h)
  • Two ultra-long-stroke diesel engines delivering 64’000 kW (86.000 HP) power
  • Two 4-blade propellers with 9.8 metres (31.5 feet) diameter
  • At 17 knots only half the fuel is needed
  • Double-hull construction
  • Price: 190 million US$ per ship (10 ordered, 20 planned until 2015)
  • Operation area: Europe-Asia, Suez channel (USA ports don’t support draft!)
  • Europe ports: Rotterdam, Gothenburg, Bremerhaven and Felixstowe
  • Asia ports: Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian, Hong Kong, and Singapore

As you can see, the new vessel is just 2 metres shorter than a quarter-mile and thus stil a very impressive vessel. The Triple-E container ship is at the moment the biggest man-made ship and the most-efficient and environment-friendly cargo vessel to date!

What a HUGE vessel! – Imagine a 20-storey-skyscraper besides!

So watch the entire build here:

March 24, 2013 Netspark - 1105 posts - Member since: May 9th, 2011 No Comments »

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