Top 10 Largest Ships Ever Built in History
Do you know which the biggest ship in the world is? The first name that comes in our mind is the Titanic. The Titanic is very famous and had a sad and memorable first journey. But Titanic is not the only large ship in the world. There are many biggest ships which many may not be aware about. Here we present you the top 10 biggest and gigantic ships built in the history even though some are scraped and some are still active.
The ships are listed according to their overall length, dead weight tonnage and gross tonnage. Either as individual ships or ship classes, the list includes the current record-holders, of each major ship type as well as some former record-holders and larger vessels that have been scrapped.
Measuring 488 m (1,601 ft) long and 74 m (243 ft) wide, Prelude is the biggest ship of the world ever built till present 2017. It weighs more than five times of the weight of the largest aircraft carrier more than 600,000 tonnes and during its construction, more than 260,000 tonnes of steel is used. In December 2013, South Korea, a hull longer than the Empire State Building is tall, was launched. It belongs to the largest floating facility ever built because it belongs to Shell’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility.
Mont, previously known as Oppama, Knock Nevis, Jahre Viking, Happy Giant and Seawise Giant was built in 1979 by Sumitomo Heavy Industries,Ltd. at their shipyard in Japan. It was a ULCC supertanker. Seawise Giant was also called the Queen of oceans and rivers.Mont became the longest and largest ship by deadweight tonnage after lengthening. During the Iran-Iraq War it was damaged by an air force attack and sank so it was considered completely lost. Fortunately, it got repaired and was she was back in service as Happy Giant. Along with the title of being the biggest ship of the world at that time, it also holds the title of being the biggest Oil tanker type ship ever built.
It was renamed Mont for her final journey in December 2009 after the vessel was sold to Indian ship breakers. Then in India it was beached for demolition.
Pierre Guillaumat was almost 555,000 tones with near about 16 knots of speed with the length of 414.22 m (1,360 feet).It was the third biggest ship ever built in the history of world. The name was taken from the French politician and founder of Elf Aquitaine oil industry, Pierre Guillaumat.
It was a supertanker, built in 1977 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique at Saint-Nazaire for Compagnie Nationale de Navigation but it served the world for only 6 years before it was disposed of as scrap. This was because of the huge unprofitability and declining demands. Her size was a disadvantage because she couldn’t pass through either the Panama or Suez canals. She ocund not enter many ports and was moored on offshore rigs, and oil terminals like Antifer and after off-loading to reduce her draft, at Europoort.
In 1976, for the French branch of Shell Oil, Batillus was built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique at Saint-Nazaire. It was a supertanker, the first vessel of homonymous Batillus class supertankers. it was the 4th biggest ship with the deadweight capacity of almost 554,000 tones and length of 414.22 m (1,359 feet) . It had the speed 16 to 17 knots. Batillus, was one of the biggest ships in the world together with her sister ships Bellamya, Pierre Guillaumat and Prairial. It was surpassed in size only by Seawise Giant built in 1976, and extended in 1981, although the four ships of the Batillus class had a larger gross tonnage.She made her last journey on December 28, 1985, from Vestnes to Kaoshiung (Taiwan).
Esso Atlantic was an oil tanker and is one of the most popular names in the history of the big ships. It has served the world with its constant services level of straight 35 years. The ship is 406.57 m (1,333.9 ft) long with deadweight capacity of 516,891 tons. Esso Atlantic was disposed off as scrap on 2002 in Pakistan but there’s no need to say that it used to be the best ship of its time.
Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller
Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller is the world’s largest and most efficient operational container ship as of 2013. It is 399 metres (1,309 ft) in length and with a cargo capacity of 18,270 TEU containers. Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller is the lead ship of Maersk’s Triple E class of container vessels. In July 2013 it came into service and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea constructed it for Maersk. She has the largest cargo capacity in TEU of any ship yet constructed, and is the longest ship in service worldwide and maximum speed of 23 knots as of 2013.
Emma Maerskis was launched in 2006. When it was launched, it was the largest container ships ever built which is currently the second biggest ship which is still in service. It carries all kinds of things to different countries. It is able to carry around 11,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) or 14,770 TEU depending on definition. It is the first container ship in the E-class of eight owned by the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group. As of 2010, she and her seven sister ships are among the longest container ships constructed and the length of this ship is 397.71 m (1,305 ft).
CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt
The ship was the world’s largest containership. It is an Explorer class container ship built for CMA CGM. It was named after Alexander von Humboldt, CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt. The length of the massive big ship is 396 m (1,299 ft). The deadweight tonnage of CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt is almost 187,624 tones. It was the largest ship until the delivery of the Maersk Triple E Class.
The Berge Emperor was launched on 30 August 1975 was the largest oil tanker of all time. It was a large oil tanker built in Japan by Mitsui. The ship was owned by Bergesen d.y. & Co. but in the year 1985 it was sold to Maastow BV and the ship’s name was changed to “Emperor”. The ship weighed 211,360 tons and had a length of 381.82 meters and was scrapped at Kaohsiung on the 30th of March 1986.
TI Class Supertanker
TI class supertanker Oceania has four largest double-hulled supertankers in the world and is one of the most attractive ships ever built with massive capacity transferring crude oil. They are also the largest ships in the world currently. In terms of deadweight tonnage and gross tonnage, the IT class till date is the biggest and longest. 440,000 tones is the deadweight tonnage of TI Oceania. IT has the speed between 16 to 19 knots.