What is the largest ship that has ever existed?
World's largest cargo ship How Wal Mart gets all its stuff from China Get a load of this ship! 15,000 containers and a 207' beam! And look at the crew size for a ship longer than a US aircraft carrier which has a complement of 5,000 men and officersThink it's big enough? Notice that 207' beam means it was NOT designed for the Panama or Suez Canal It is strictly transpacificCheck out the cruise speed, 31 knots means the goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 knots)on a China-to-California runSo this behemoth is hugely competitive carrying perishable goodsThis ship was built in three, perhaps as many as five sectionsThe sections floated together and then weldedThe ship is named Emma MaerskThe command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 crane rigs that can operate simultaneously Additional info: Country of origin - Denmark Length - 1,302 ft Width - 207 ft Net cargo - 123,200 tons Engine - 14 in-line cylinders diesel engine (110,000 BHP) Cruise Speed - 31knots Cargo capacity - 15,000 TEU I don't know what that means, but I'll bet it's a whole bunch Crew - 13 people First Trip - Sept08, 2006 Construction cost - US $145,000,000+ Silicone painting applied to the ship bottom reduces water resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year.