The world’s largest container ship has arrived in the UK for the first time at the Port of Felixstowe. The Hong Kong-registered CSCL Globe, measuring more than 400m (1,313ft) in length is longer than four football fields placed end-to-end.
The record-breaking aspect of the Globe, owned by Shanghai-based China Shipping Container Lines and built-in South Korea, is its capacity. It can carry 19,100 standard 20ft containers. That’s estimated to be enough space for 156 million pairs of shoes, 300 million tablet computers or 900 million standard tins of baked beans.
Laid end-to-end, the maximum number of containers on board would stretch for 72 miles, the distance between Felixstowe and London, or Birmingham and Manchester.
The Globe’s period as the world’s biggest cargo ship is due to end later this month, however. The Oscar, owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company and built by Daewoo in South Korea, is scheduled for its official launch on Thursday. Named after company president Diego Aponte’s son Oscar, it will be able to carry 19,224 20ft containers. Source: BBC News