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World's largest container vessel makes maiden voyage

Published:Tuesday | January 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM

CSCL Globe, the largest container ship in the world, arrived at Felixstowe, London, on January 7 after commencing its 11,067-mile maiden voyage from the Chinese port of Yantian on December 8 last year.

The arrival of The Globe in London caused a stir with onlookers marvelling at its size, which is four football fields in size 400m (1,300 ft). Before arriving in London, the vessel stopped at the Port of Kelang in Malaysia to load more cargo before passing through the Suez Canal. The vessel has the capacity to carry 19,100 20-foot containers, 1,000 more than the previous record.

The Globe was constructed and built by Hyundai Heavy Industries at their shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. The vessel was launched in November 2014 and started operations for its owner, China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL). It is the first of five vessels of the same size which are being built for CSCL. The Globe will service CSCL's Far East - Europe line.

Local agent for CSCL is Jamaica Freight and Shipping Limited.