When it comes to largest ship the world has ever seen, Titanic is undoubtedly the very first name that strikes in our minds. It was definitely one of the most popular ships that met with an extreme accident on its initial cruise. But there are several other giant ships that we always don’t know. Here, we have listed some of the biggest ships in the world ever built. Some of them are still serving and some are scrapped.
We have listed the biggest ships in history as per their deadweight tonnage capacity, overall length and gross tonnage. In this list, we have added the existing record holders, either as ship classes or individual ships. These are some of the record holders and large vessels which are scrapped.
10. Berge Emperor
It was the largest oil tanker in 1975 built by Mitsui in Japan. The Berge Emperor was among the largest oil tankers in history ever built. Launched on August 30, 1975, the ship was around 381.82 meters long and weighed up to 211,360 tons. The owner of the ship was Bergesen D.Y. & Co. In 1985, the ship was sold to Maastow BV and the name of the ship was changed to Emperor. At Kaohsiung, the ship was scrapped on March 30, 1986.
9. TI Class Supertanker
Oceana TI Class Supertanker is among the most beautiful ships in the history. It was built to transfer crude oil with huge capacity. There are 4 double-hulled largest supertankers on planet. They are also world’s largest ship today. The containers of Maersk Triple E class are longer. But TI Class ships are still the largest when it comes to gross tonnage and deadweight tonnage.
TI Oceana’s deadweight tonnage is up to 440,000 tones. The top speed of these containers is around 16 to 18 knots. It is actually the masterpiece which is fully loaded with technology as they can easily cut through all the hurdles on their way. These ships are around 1247 ft. (380m) long.
8. Emma Maersk
Emma Maersk is the second largest ship which is still serving, out of top 10 largest ships in the world serving today. In E Class, it is the first of eight ships owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. When launched in the year 2006, Emma Maersk was the largest container ever made in the world. As of 2010, Emma along with its seven siblings is one of the longest containers built in the world. This container ship carries various goods from different countries. It has the capacity of over 11000 Twenty-feet Equivalent Units (TEU) to around 14770 TEUs, according to the definition. These ships are whopping 397.71m (1305 ft.) long.
7. CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt
CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt is named after Alexander von Humboldt and it is the Explorer Class ship which was built for CMA CGM. It was the largest container ship in the world until the arrival of Maersk Triple E Class. This giant ship is over 1299 ft. (396m) long. The CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt has up to 187,624 tons of deadweight tonnage.
6. Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller
It is the leader of Mersrk Triple E Class container ships. Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller comes with the largest TEU cargo capacity of any containership ever built in history. It is also the longest ship serving since 2013 across the world. It was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), South Korea for Maersk and started serving in July 2013.
Along with its siblings, Maersk Mc-Kinney is the most efficient and largest container ship in the world which is operational since 2013. It is around 1309 ft. (399m) long and has 18,270 TEU of cargo capacity. The top speed of this ship is 23 knots.
Manufactured by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in 1976 at St. Nazaire, Batillus was the super tanker built for Shell Oil, French branch. Both Prairial and Pierre Guillaumat were some of the biggest ships worldwide, surpassed by Seawise Giant only in size in 1976. The four Batillus class ships were built with large gross tonnage and they were extended in the year 1981.
Battilus was the fourth largest ship with 554,000 tons of deadweight capacity, length of 1359 ft. (414.22m) and top speed of 16-17 knots. It started its last voyage from Vestnes to Koashiung (Taiwan) on December 28, 1985.
4. Esso Atlantic
It is among the most leading names in big ships. It is around 1333.9 ft. (406.57m) long. The deadweight capacity of this giant ship is 516,819 tons. It has offered consistent services to the world for up to 35 years. Needless to say, it is known to be the best container ship of its time. It was actually an oil container and scrapped in Pakistan on 2002.
3. Seawise Giant
Also known as Knock Nevis, Oppama, Happy Giant, Jahre Viking, and Mont, Seawise Giant was a super tanker for ULCC. It was the largest and longest ship when it comes to its length and deadweight tonnage. It was also regarded as the Queen of Rivers and Oceans. The giant ship was built in the year 1979 at the shipyard of Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd in Japan. It was destroyed in an air strike during the Iran-Iraq War. It was known to be totally lost and was sunk. But wreck was rescued and repaired. It was back in service after repairs.
Indian ship breakers bought it and renamed it as Mont for its last journey in the year 2009. It was beached for demolition in India. It was known to be the biggest ship in history and also holds the title of the biggest oil tanker ship built ever.
2. Pierre Guillaumat
In the world history, it was another biggest ship built ever. It is named after the founder of Elf Aquitaine Oil Industry and a French politician, Pierre Guillaumat. Built in 1977, it was a supertanker by Chantiers de l’Atlantique for Campagnie Nationale de Navigation at Saint-Nazaire.
It was serviced for 6 years only before getting disposed as scrap due to reducing demands and high unprofitability. Due to its giant proportions, the usability of this ship was very limited. It couldn’t even pass through the Suez canals and Panama. Due to its draft, it just entered a less number of ports worldwide. Hence it was fastened to the offshore rigs. Pierre Guillaumat had the oil tonnage of over 555,000 tons and top speed of 16 knots. It was around 1360 ft. long (414.22m).
1. Prelude FLNG
It is world’s biggest ship ever built. It is longer than Empire State building and it was launched in December 2013 in South Korea. It was around 1601 ft. (488m) long. Around 260,000 tons of steel was used to manufacture it. It weighs over 600,000 tons.