South Korean ship liner HMM launched and christened the world’s largest container ship HMM Algeciras last week. To purchase and launch the ship cost the Korean company over $140 million.
The first of twelve in its type, Algeciras has a container capacity of 24,000 TEU. It is measured at 399.9 meters long, 60 meters wide, and 70 meters high.
To conceptualize these measurements, imagine the Empire State Building laid down on its side, the sizes would be quite relative. In fact, this newly-christened ship is some 60 feet longer than the landmark building. It would be about half a mile to take a walk around the Algeciras.
Previously, the largest container ship was OOCL Hong Kong, and had a carrying capacity of 21,413 TEU. Clearly, the Algeciras has made a name for itself by outrunning others in size, cargo capacity, carbon footprint and other aspects.
Many compare the launch of this revolutionary ship to the launch of the Titanic in 1911, or that of the Symphony of the Seas in 2017. Taking a closer look at the dimensions and functionalities of all three ships, we find some interesting commonalities, however, what shines the most, is the idea of technological advancement and development in tonnage capacity.
The Titanic was known as the largest passenger liner of its time, and remains as the most famous ship in the world. It was around 269 meters long (882 feet), and was around 28 meters wide (92.6 feet).
The Symphony of the Seas is 362 meters long (1,185 feet) and 65 meters wide (215 feet). However, the ship is so advanced that it has a gross tonnage capacity of 228,081 across its 18 decks -- 5 times larger than the Titanic was able to hold.
When it comes to comparing the two with the Algeciras and its gross tonnage of 228,283, we learn that with time, advanced technology, and top-notch engineering, shipbuilding has taken a revolutionary turn for higher capacity and encouraged competition.