Hyundai Heavy Industries has started working on the construction of the world’s largest cargo ship, with 19,000 TEU, or the capacity to hold 19,000 shipping containers that are approximately 6 meters long and 4 meters wide.
This is the first cargo ship out of five that it received orders for from China Shipping Container Line (CSCL). At first orders for all five ships were to be 18,400 TEU, but the specification for one ship was changed to 19,000 TEU. The largest cargo ship that has been built so far was an 18,270 TEU ship built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.
The container ship to be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries will be 400m long and 58.6m wide, roughly four times the area of a football field. It will also have height of 30.5m. It will have a digitally-controlled 77,200 horsepower engine, and will be equipped with a highly-sophisticated energy management unit that controls the emissions of carbon. It will also be equipped with a type of ballast control system called EcoBallast, a high-tech digital maneuvering system of ballast water designed to not adversely impact the environment.