In the same way an unofficial race exists to construct the tallest building in the world, so too it appears shipping companies are competing for the largest container ship. Just 18 months ago, we showcased a list of monstrous cellular vessels (past and present) and already the featured title-holder, the Maersk Triple-E Class, has lost the coveted crown. In fact, just a few months later the CSCL Globe was announced the new winner in 2014, increasing the maximum TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units - or 20' general purpose shipping containers) from 18,270 to 19,100. It was a short-lived victory, however, with 2015 hailing a new winner...
...the MSC Oscar.
With a DWT (deadweight tonnage) of 197,362 tonnes the MSC Oscar marginally increases the maximum TEU by 124, to 19,224. This is an important statistic to note, as it is the TEU that determines the world's largest container ship, not its length or beam. Case in point, the CSCL Globe is 4.6 metres longer than the MSC Oscar, measuring a whopping 400 metres in length - roughly the size of four football pitches placed end-to-end.
Filmed just three days ago, take a look at the MSC Oscar as it arrived from Algeciras in the Port of Rotterdam.