Top 10 Biggest Ships Ever Built In History

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10 Biggest Ships Ever Built

We all know about the Titanic and how that went, but surprisingly, the Titanic isn’t even among the 10 biggest ships ever built.  Although it had a record size at the time, there are other more impressive ships that have been built.  

The list is based on the overall length, deadweight tonnage and gross tonnage.  Let us take a look at the 10 biggest ships ever built in history.

10. TI Class Supertanker

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TI class supertanker Oceania are currently the biggest in terms of deadweight tonnage and gross tonnage.  They are the four largest double hulled supertankers which can reach speeds of up to 18 knots. It is 380 m in length and its deadweight tonnage is 440,000.

9. Berge Emperor

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Launched in 1975, the vessel was constructed by Mitsui and it was one of the largest oil tankers of all time. The ship was 381.82 meters long and had weight of 211,360 tons.  The ship was scrapped at Kaohsiung on the 30th of March 1986.

8. CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt

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The CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt was an Explorer class container ship, constructed for CMA CGM.  The Vessel is 396 meters (1,299 feet) long with a dead-weight tonnage of almost 187,624 tons.

7. Emma Maersk

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Of the eight vessels, Emma Maersk is the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group’s first container ship in the E-class.  The vessel was first launched during 2006.  It can carry approximately 11,000 (TEU) twenty-foot equivalent units or 14,770 TEU depending upon the definition.  This massive ship has a length of 397.71 meters (1,305 feet).

6. Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller

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Maersk Mc-Kinny Moller entered service in July of 2013 and was built for Maersk in South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding Engineering (DSME).  The Maersk Mc-Kinny Moller is 1,300 feet (399 meters) in length and possesses a cargo capability of 18,270 TEU containers and can travel at a maximum speed of 23 knots.

5. Esso Atlantic

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Esso Atlantic, an oil tanker, is one of the most prominent names in the history of large ships.  She measured 406.57 meters (1,333.9 feet) in length and had a deadweight tonnage of 516,891 tons.  Esso Atlantic was disposed off as scrap on 2002 in Pakistan.

4. Batillus

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Batillus was a supertanker, built in 1976.  The vessel was 414.22 meters (1,359 feet) long and had a dead-weight limit of nearly 554,000 tons.  She travelled at a speed of 16 to 17 knots.  She made her last voyage on December 28, 1985 from Vestnes to Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

3. Pierre Guillaumat

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Pierre Guillaumat was the third largest ship ever constructed.  It is still a record holder – over 3 decades since she was scrapped.  Its dead-weight tonnage was roughly 555,000 tons and could travel at nearly 16 knots of speed.  The length of it ran 414.22 meters (1,360 feet) long.

2. Seawise Giant

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This ULCC Supertanker was known by many different names – Mont, Jahre Viking, Seawise Giant and even Happy Giant.  It got renamed to Mont after it was sold to Indian shipbreakers and made its final quest in December of 2009.  After that, it was intentionally beached in India for demolition.

1. Prelude FLNG

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Until now, the Prelude is the largest ship in the world ever constructed.  Amazingly, it possess a hull that is longer in length than the Empire State Building.  Prelude is 488 meters (1,601 feet) long, 74 meters (234 feet) wide.  Almost 260,000 tonnes of steel have been used to build it.  This impressive ship could weigh up to 600,000 tons.

Source: WondersList

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