You may not have noticed, because they don’t necessarily come to the US, but merchant ships are getting BIG. At the end of WWII a typical dry cargo ship (Victory ship) was about 442′ long and 57′ of beam. A typical tanker (T-2) was 502′ x 68′.
Maersk has contracted with S. Korean ship builder Daewoo to build 20 ships that will be the largest in the world. These ships are 400 meters by 59 meters or approximately 1312′ long and 194′ of beam. The hull is larger than that of the newest super carrier now building, SS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) 1092’x134′. (Ford’s overall width will be greater because of the width of the flight deck.)
If you need a demonstration of the fact that size alone is not a major determinate of the cost of a ship–that “steel is cheap and air is free,” these ships will cost about $190M each compared with $13.5B for the Gerald R. Ford and about $700M for the National Security Cutters. (I can’t help but think these would make some bodacious escort carriers.)
For more information on these ships, look here. Additional specs here.
More BIG ships here.
1312′?!?!? That’s almost a 1/4 mile! I’d love to see the engine on this behemoth 🙂
there is a website, i believe it’s called ‘monitor’, that highlights civilian marine engineering topics, some pretty interesting stuff. i believe you can link to it through ‘kennebec captain’.
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More proof for the addage steel is cheap and air is free. Apparently these ships will cost even less, only $185M each, less than the cost of an OPC.
Nice infographic about the ship and preliminary info about even bigger ships coming: http://gcaptain.com/worlds-largest-ship-triple-e-infographic/
They keep getting bigger and more numerous: http://gcaptain.com/imabari-japanese-shipbuilder-secures-orders-20000-teu-containerships/
Maersk has just ordered eleven more huge ships. http://www.bairdmaritime.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16913:maersk-line-orders-11-ultra-large-container-vesses&catid=66:container&Itemid=57