Biggest ship sets sail to Asia (video)

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CMA CGM ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT_1The world’s biggest ship, a container vessel constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding for French maritime company CMA CGM, has set sail for its maiden journey on the Europe-Asia route and is expected to berth in Port Klang, Malaysia, on July 3.

The ship, which was christened on May 30 in the Port of Hamburg and travels under the UK flag, has a length of 396 meters, a width of 50 meters and can carry 16,000 containers.

The vessel, dubbed Alexander von Humboldt after the famous German explorer, is the second in a series of monstrous ship deployed by CMA CGM after the Marco Polo was inaugurated in December 2012. It will be followed by the Jules Verne set to be christened in the French port of Marseille in the coming weeks.

The main advantage of such a huge ship is that it consumes less fuel compared to the industry average. On the downside, it is slower than smaller vessels, and the number of ports where it can call is limited due to its greater loaded draught.

However, the Alexander von Humboldt and its sister vessels will not hold the crown for the biggest ship for long. Danish shipping company Maersk is close to finish its Triple-E class, a series of behemoth ships at 400 meters length and 59 meters width that are able to carry 18,000 containers. Such a ship could technically transport around 190 million iPads, enough for every person in Brazil, or 100 million pairs of Nike shoes, enough for everyone in the Philippines.

The route of the Alexander von Humboldt: Le Havre (June 5), Malta (June 11), Suez (June 14), Khor Al Fakkan (June 22), Jebel Ali (June 24), Port Klang (July 3) and Ningbo (July 10).

 

 

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The world’s biggest ship, a container vessel constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding for French maritime company CMA CGM, has set sail for its maiden journey on the Europe-Asia route and is expected to berth in Port Klang, Malaysia, on July 3.

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CMA CGM ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT_1The world’s biggest ship, a container vessel constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding for French maritime company CMA CGM, has set sail for its maiden journey on the Europe-Asia route and is expected to berth in Port Klang, Malaysia, on July 3.

The ship, which was christened on May 30 in the Port of Hamburg and travels under the UK flag, has a length of 396 meters, a width of 50 meters and can carry 16,000 containers.

The vessel, dubbed Alexander von Humboldt after the famous German explorer, is the second in a series of monstrous ship deployed by CMA CGM after the Marco Polo was inaugurated in December 2012. It will be followed by the Jules Verne set to be christened in the French port of Marseille in the coming weeks.

The main advantage of such a huge ship is that it consumes less fuel compared to the industry average. On the downside, it is slower than smaller vessels, and the number of ports where it can call is limited due to its greater loaded draught.

However, the Alexander von Humboldt and its sister vessels will not hold the crown for the biggest ship for long. Danish shipping company Maersk is close to finish its Triple-E class, a series of behemoth ships at 400 meters length and 59 meters width that are able to carry 18,000 containers. Such a ship could technically transport around 190 million iPads, enough for every person in Brazil, or 100 million pairs of Nike shoes, enough for everyone in the Philippines.

The route of the Alexander von Humboldt: Le Havre (June 5), Malta (June 11), Suez (June 14), Khor Al Fakkan (June 22), Jebel Ali (June 24), Port Klang (July 3) and Ningbo (July 10).

 

 

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