5 Most Massive Ships Ever Built

Massive ships

Oil tankers, transport carriers, and cruise liners are just a few of the world’s largest ships. These massive machines are engineering marvels that convey a large percentage of the world’s goods, not to mention people.

We have compiled a list of some of the world’s biggest ships below.

1. TI Class Supertankers

TI Class supertankers

The TI Class supertankers are among the largest oil tankers still in service. The TI Africa, TI Asia, TI Europe, and TI Oceania are part of the Tankers International L.L.C fleet.

These mega tankers were built for the business Hellespont by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in Okpo, South Korea, in 2003.

The TI range is 78 meters (256 feet) shorter than Knock Nevis, which is only 380 meters (1,247 feet) long. With a tonnage of 234,006 GT (162,477 NT), the TI range can cruise at 16.5 knots (30.5 km/h; 18.9 mph) when fully laden.

The Hellespont Alhambra, Hellespont Fairfax, Hellespont Metropolis, and Hellespont Tara were originally named the Hellespont Alhambra, Hellespont Fairfax, Hellespont Metropolis, and Hellespont Tara before being purchased by Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) and Euronav NV, a Belgian shipowner, in 2004.

In 2010, the tankers TI Asia and TI Africa were transformed into FSO oil storage vessels. However, ULCCs TI Europe and TI Oceania continue to operate.

 

2. Q-Max Ships 

Q-Max ships

The Q-Max ships are the world’s largest membrane-type liquefied natural gas carriers. They each have a gross tonnage of 162,400 GT and a length of 1,132 feet (345 meters). The Q-max ships have a capacity of 9,393,701 cubic feet (266,000 cubic meters) and can cruise at a top speed of 19.5 knots (36.114 km/h; 22.4 mph).

Al Mayeda, Al Mafyar, Umm Slal, Bu Samra, Al-Ghuwairiya, Lijmiliya, Al Samriya, Al Dafna, Mozah, Mekaines, Shagra, Zarga, Aamira, and Rasheeda are the names of the fourteen Q-Max ships in service. Samsung Heavy Industries, Hyundai Heavy Industries, and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering built the ships.

The naming ceremony for the maiden ship, Mozah, took place at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea in 2007. The Q-Max ships are all operated by Nakilat, a Qatari gas transport firm. The Q-Max ships are the largest ships that can dock at Qatar’s LNG terminals, hence the suffix “Max” in their name.

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3. The CSCL Globe

The naming ceremony for the CSCL Globe, the world’s largest container ship at the moment, took place in November 2014. China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) ordered five 19,000 TEU container ships in 2013. The CSCL Globe was the first of them.

Hyundai Heavy Industries purchased the CSCL Globe, which will be used on the Asia-Europe trade loop. The mega-ship is 400 meters (1,312 feet) long and has a gross tonnage of 187,500 tons.

The 77,200 BHP electronically regulated main engine on the CSCL Globe is reported to exceed rival 10,000 TEU container ships in terms of engine efficiency. As a result of the feedback it receives from sea conditions, the engine uses 20% less fuel per TEU. In 2011, Maersk awarded Daewoo Shipbuilding two contracts totaling approximately US$200 million for 20 Maersk Triple E Class container ships.

The Maersk Triple E Class container ship, which has a capacity of 18,000 TEU compared to the Globes’ 19,000 TEU, is somewhat larger than the CSCL Globe. The Maersk Triple E Class is the same length as the Maersk Triple E Class and can cruise at 23 knots (26 mph; 42 km/h).

 

4. The Oasis of the Seas

oasis-of-the-seas

The Oasis of the Seas, along with the Allure of the Seas and the Harmony of the Seas, originally known as ‘Project Genesis,’ are the world’s largest passenger ships. They were built for the Royal Caribbean corporation and delivered in 2009, 2010, and 2016. Symphony of the Seas, the fourth ship, was launched in March 2018. The fifth Oasis-class ship, Wonder of the Seas, was under construction as of April 2019, and a sixth, unidentified ship had been ordered.

The cruise liners are 1,181 feet (360 meters) long, with a maximum capacity of 6,296 passengers and 2,394 crew members. With a gross tonnage of 225,282 GT, these ships are the quickest in our big league, clocking in at 22.6 knots (41.9 km/h; 26.0 mph).

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There are enough leisure activities on cruise ships to keep families entertained for weeks. Two FlowRider surf simulators, an ice rink, two 43 ft (13 mt) high rock-climbing walls, swimming pools, a full-sized basketball court, and even a water park are among the ships’ attractions. The Oasis of the Seas is the most costly commercial ship ever built, costing an estimated €900 million ($1.24 billion).

The Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas offer seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises, and being a guest on one of these behemoths is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s no surprise that it’s so popular!

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5. The USS Enterprise (CVN-65)

The USS Enterprise

She isn’t the Star Trek spacecraft, but she does have the same name. The USS Enterprise was the longest navy vessel ever built when it came to warships.

She was the only ship of the Enterprise-class of aircraft carriers, and she was a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier originally known as the CVA(N)-65. The future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier USS Enterprise has taken the name (CVN-80).

This ship has a long history and is still an engineering marvel today. The USS Enterprise was the eighth ship to bear the name, measuring 1,122 feet (342 meters) in length and capable of carrying 4,600 military troops while cruising at 33.6 knots (38.7 mph; 62.2 km/h). She was also the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the third-oldest commissioned warship in the US Navy at the time of her decommissioning.

After more than 55 years of continuous service, the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was retired in 2017. This is longer than any other aircraft carrier in the United States to date.

Because the world has evolved so rapidly since the 1960s, even a ship that was at the height of technology had to be retired at some point.