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8th Jan 2015, 09:56
BBC News - The world's biggest ship - for 53 days (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30696685)

World's largest container ship docked in the UK on it's maiden voyage. 18,500 containers, 400 metres long :eek: and it will be superseded within a short while by a larger vessel. Maybe the future will mean fewer larger ships and minimal crewing.


8th Jan 2015, 10:08
I would have thought hogging or sagging would be an issue ??

Ancient Mariner
8th Jan 2015, 10:15
Two choices, flex or break.

8th Jan 2015, 10:30
False representation. When I saw the thread title I thought that Slasher was back. :sad:

Yamagata ken
8th Jan 2015, 11:54
Eight Olympic swimming pools!

tony draper
8th Jan 2015, 11:59
Pig ugly bastard she be,looks like a big shite barge wi a hut on deck.

wings folded
8th Jan 2015, 12:18
Larger than four football pitches? How many London buses is that?

What is that as a percentage of Belgium?

Low Flier
8th Jan 2015, 13:12
What is that as a percentage of Belgium?

More to the point: What is that as a percentage of Wales?

How many shelf-feet of cack will that fill at Primark and John Lewis?

8th Jan 2015, 14:47
I've spent a good amount of time near to the previous largest ships (300-330m long etc) in the past and they took a surprisingly long time to walk past, it just boggles the mind to think that these vessels take up 2 berths and are almost another 100m longer, wider, taller. Those Koreans are pretty good at pasting together these aquatic monsters. Ugly, but oh so practical.

p.s apologies that it wasn't one of those threads :}


8th Jan 2015, 15:08
If were talking length of the OP although not a cargo carrier (oil tanker) the Seawise Giant (scrapped 2009) was a massive 458.46m/1,504.1 ft some flex in that baby.

blue up
8th Jan 2015, 15:29
So, does anyone know what sort of percentage of the annual oriental cr4p that we import could be loaded on that one ship? Put it another way, how many torpedoes would be needed to balance the trade deficit?

Noah Zark.
8th Jan 2015, 15:32
According to one bit of blurb on the telly today, it could carry 900 million tins of beans! Think of the methane from that lot!!

8th Jan 2015, 16:39
To me, the engine is the most impressive feature.
Imagine the thrill of first starting up a 56 MW two-stroke. :ok:

8th Jan 2015, 17:42
I thought you meant the Channel4 prog tonight.

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa163/exshack37/Shut_Ins__Britain_s_Fattest_People.jpg (http://s196.photobucket.com/user/exshack37/media/Shut_Ins__Britain_s_Fattest_People.jpg.html)

Whiskey Kilo Wanderer
8th Jan 2015, 21:36
Allow me to introduce the Pieter Schelte


The ultimate (for the moment) floating pick up truck arrives in Rotterdam.

Having worked with previous Allseas pipe lay vessels, you can rely on them to come up with a novel approach.

The whole story on the gCaptain website (http://gcaptain.com/giant-pieter-schelte-arrives-in-rotterdam/)

Dan Gerous
8th Jan 2015, 21:50
Larger than four football pitches?

With 20,000 Leagues under the sea, let's hope they're in no rush to win one.

8th Jan 2015, 22:28
BBC News - Close up look at the world's largest container ship (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30720824)

8th Jan 2015, 23:31
I can't wait for the first one of these giant container ships to get wrecked. The resultant haul for the human scavengers, and the resultant massive marine pollution, will be something to see. :suspect:

9th Jan 2015, 02:34
Has any super-tanker ever wrecked?

I find it astonishing that modern ships still only use 1 engine. Surely a second one would be cheap insurance? Even well maintained engines do fail now and then.

9th Jan 2015, 04:24
Has any super-tanker ever wrecked?There have been quite a number of supertanker wrecks. The Amoco Cadiz and the Torrey Canyon I believe were the two worst. The following program looks at 5 of the worst supertanker wrecks.

Salvage Code Red | National Geographic Channel (http://natgeotv.com.au/tv/salvage-code-red/oil-tanker-disasters.aspx)

Not all supertanker wrecks were total losses, but the oil spills of all of them were major ecological disasters.

Historys 10 most famous oil spills (http://gcaptain.com/historys-10-most-famous-oil-spills/)

Whiskey Kilo Wanderer
9th Jan 2015, 08:05
https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSmtEatG6y8Q1Jf6zmmvw4eSopdDyyKCepsxQiWMID 366rOwJwiaQ

Case of cargo lost overboard.

At least it became a ready made oceanographic float tracking project. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendly_Floatees)

tony draper
9th Jan 2015, 08:19
The size and weight of ships as stated is very confusing,if they say a Tanker is a hundred thousand tonner it does not mean if you took the ship itself out of the water and stuck her on a set of scales she would weight a hundred thousand tons or anywhere near it,now dont ask me to explain it because it has also always confused me as well.

9th Jan 2015, 08:35
Mr Draper - The following, fairly clear article about the measurement of ship weights, is from the steamship era, but I don't think too much has changed, apart from metric measurements being used more widely.

Ship Tonnage Explained (http://www.gjenvick.com/SteamshipArticles/ShipTonnage/1932-06-28-ShipTonnageExplained.html#axzz3OJaxRHNh)

9th Jan 2015, 08:37
Yes, it's a pain, Tony.
GROSS tonnage is purely an internal VOLUMETRIC measurement - as is NET tonnage.
I forget the figures now.
What you are looking for is DISPLACEMENT. That's what a ship really weighs.

EDIT: Thanks, onetrack, our posts crossed.

9th Jan 2015, 09:08
Allow me to introduce the Pieter Schelte

Mr Whiskey, your's is most definitely bigger! The photo on that link where it's departing Korea and surrounded by smaller, but large ships, shows the crazy proportions of the vessel.


9th Jan 2015, 09:46
I looooove big girls.
Curves - that's what ladies are all about.
Take your skinny stick insects and....

9th Jan 2015, 23:32
Number one son who is ex REME now runs the workshop which maintains these clever little buggers at the container port in Rotterdam. They are programmed to pick up the containers at the drop off point and take them to the right ship, and vice versa when unloading. They are electric, and when they detect their batteries are running low they automatically go to the battery section where an unmanned overhead crane lifts out the battery pack and drops a freshly charged one in. Just like magic. Son says its just like running a REME workshop, but without having to do guard commander once a fortnight and being badgered to play sport for the regiment! Oh and the pay's a lot better too.


10th Jan 2015, 10:51
So, does anyone know what sort of percentage of the annual oriental cr4p that we import could be loaded on that one ship? Put it another way, how many torpedoes would be needed to balance the trade deficit?
They offloaded 4000 containers, and onloaded 3000.

So each time it visits, the deficit increases by 1000 containers ... ;)

10th Jan 2015, 11:13
There would be less confusion if we stuck to the old terms tuns and tunnage for volumetric measures and reserved tons/tonnes for measurement of mass.

1 Tun = a large barrel/cask holding 252 wine gallons (210 imperial gallons) i.e. 4 Hogsheads.


10th Jan 2015, 13:22
What I find mind-boggling is that a vessel carrying 19000 containers from a variety of dispatchers to a variety of recipients at various destinations can unload 4000 at the correct port and load 3000 in such a way that, presumably, other containers do not have to be removed at the next port of call to gain access to however many containers are to be unloaded.

The containers at the bottom of the stack presumably are destined for unloading somewhere - so what happens to those containers stacked on top?

10th Jan 2015, 13:29
I guess they load them in columns, not layers. :8