Top 10 World’s Largest Container Ships In 2019 (2)



The International Shipping Industry shares a major chunk, about 90%, of the global trade in goods. According to the International Chamber of Shipping, there are more than 50,000 merchant ships operating in the oceans currently.

Container ships (also spelt as containerships) are cargo ships that carry the load in large-sized intermodal containers. They are classified into various categories, based on their carrying capacity. Presently, there are seven major types of container ships in service. In ascending order, they are – Small Feeder, Feeder, Feedermax, Panamax, Post Panamax, New Panamax (or Neo Panamax) and Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV).


 MOL Triumph

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The vessel is the world’s first 20,000 TEU-class container ship. Triumph’s main engine is the MAN B&W G95ME, which provides it with a maximum output power of 82,440 kW. This is enough to enable the vessel to traverse with a service speed of 22.0 knots, while the maximum recorded speed is 24.0 knots.


The deadweight of the box ship is 192,672 DWT, while the maximum cargo capacity is 20,170 TEU. The ship has various highly advanced energy-saving technologies including low friction underwater paint, high-efficiency rudder, and an improvised propeller, which reduces the water resistance and thus helps to boost up the fuel efficiency.

8. COSCO Shipping Taurus

Carrying the pin-wheeled flag of Hong Kong, the Shipping Taurus is another marvel operated by the China Ocean Shipping Company Limited (COSCO). The ship was built in 2018 by Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding. It is a mono-hull ship meant exclusively for container carriage. The vessel has a length of 399.8 metres and a breadth of 58.7 metres.

COSCO Shipping Tauru

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Interestingly, it is one of the five sister ships of the DNV GL class, each having names of the five famous constellations, namely COSCO Shipping – Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Libra and Sagittarius. Each of them has a loading capacity of 20,119 TEU and a gross tonnage of 194,864 MT.

9. MV Barzan

This Ultra Large Container Vessel (UCLV) is of the DNV GL class and was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Mopko, South Korea in 2015. As of 2015, it held the record for the largest container ship. Unlike the previous ships generally owned and operated by Chinese or Japanese companies, this vessel is owned by United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).

MV Barzan

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Having a DWT of 199,744 and a gross tonnage of 195,636, this ship has far lower carbon emissions as compared to Maersk EEE class container ships, making it a significant accomplishment in this regard. In fact, it has the lowest per-container level of carbon emissions. It’s ‘Energy Efficiency Design Index’ is quoted as almost 50% less than the International Maritime Organization limit set for 2025.

We have the famous Hapag-Lloyd as the operator and the flag of Malta on it.

10. MSC Diana

Mediterranean Shipping Company’s MSC Diana measures 399.9 metres in length, 58.8 metres in breadth and 30.2 metres in the draught. This Pegasus-class container ship, with a dead weight of 197708 tonnes, has a carrying capacity of 19,462 TEU.

MSC Diana

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The ship was built in 2016 by Samsung Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries. It is currently registered and sailing under the Liberian Flag.

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