10 striking images of the CSCL Globe sailing into the sunset

So it’s not technically the biggest ship in the world anymore, but the CSCL Globe is still a sight to behold. Particularly when it's sailing off into a lovely sunset.
10 striking images of the CSCL Globe sailing into the sunset
Credit: Screenshots for Hamburg HD Videos, YouTube

The CSCL Globe may not hold the title of the largest ship on the planet anymore (the MSC Oscar stole that away very quickly) but this behemoth of a vessel is still strikingly large, and worthy of some admiration.

On January the 17th 2015, the CSCL was filmed en route from Hamburg, Germany to Zeebrugge, Belgium on the river Elbe after her maiden call at Euro Gate Container Terminal Hamburg. Hamburg HD videos posted the video on YouTube, and there are some shots in there that deserve to be seen. Here’s 10 incredible images of the CSCL Globe as it sails into the sunset.

The CSCL Globe is the first of a fleet of four $175 million vessels that China Shipping Line plans to operate throughout the Pacific.

The Globe measures over 1,300 feet long, nearly 200 feet wide, 98 feet deep, and weighs an incredible 183,800 tons.

 It's powered by a single94,791 hp MAN B&W 12-cylinder diesel engine. While this is not as the RTA96-C, the engine includes an electronically-controlled throttle that takes the vessel's relative speed and prevailing ocean conditions into account to give more fuel efficienct rates.


The CSCL can carry a total of 19,100 teus, nearly a 1,000 teus extra than the Maersk Triple-E Titans.

The Globe is also rather more green than some other vessels, its engine burns 20 percent less fuel per teu than a cargo vessel around half its size, even if it's travelling at its top speed of 16 knots.

Fun fact: The ship, which ws built to deliver cargo between Asia and Europe, weighs as much as 14,500 London buses.

Unfortunately the ship is no longer the world's largest, as the MSC Oscar stole that title back in January 2015. That vessel can carry 19,224 teus.

Despite its record-acheiving capacity, the MSC Oscar actually comes up a little short, measuring 395.4 metres long. The CSCL in comparison has a length of 400 metres. 

The maiden voyage of the ship began in November in China. It stopped at ports in Singapore, Malaysia and Egypt, U.K. Netherlands, before arriving in Germany. It will head to Belgium, before returning to China later in February. 

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by Laura Stackhouse

readmt.com Editor

Laura Stackhouse is the Web Editor of readmt.com, an official publication of the International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA). To discuss news, features or contributing to readmt.com please get in touch.

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