Top 7 Largest Ships in the World

Probably when you hear the phrase “largest ships” you first think of the historical Titanic that sank on her fist sailing. But, the boat building industry today has gone much further than the grand Titanic. The world’s seas and oceans are the routes for some of the largest ships in the world. Some of them are so grand that literally can have small towns gathered on their boards.

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#1. Seawise Giant

This is the biggest ship build ever. This ship has changed several names like Happy Giant, Jahre Viking, and Knock Nevis. It was a ULCC tanker and the longest ship that was ever built in the history. When fully laden, this ship displacement was 657.019 tons and 1504 feet which made her also the heaviest and longest ship ever built so far. This huge ship was built in 1979 by Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. at their Oppama shipyard in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan. The top speed of 16 knots of Seawise Giant has dedicatedly served the world and fared the seas for long 30 years till 2009. Seawise Giant was also called the Queen of oceans and rivers.
Seawise Giant
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#2. Pierre Guillaumat (supertanker)

This was the second largest ship in the world in the history of the human kind, but even though it was a huge monster, it didn’t last as long as its builders hoped. It was built in 1977 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique at Saint-Nazaire for Compagnie Nationale de Navigation. But the ship was unprofitable, because of her huge dimensions, which placed restrictions on where she could be used; the Pierre Guillaumat was put on hold at Fujairah anchorage since February 2, 1983. Later in the same year, she was bought by the Hyundai Corporation, and renamed Ulsan Master. The ship arrived at Ulsan, South Korea for demolition on October 19, 1983. Altogether this ship was serving the world for only six years.
Pierre Guillaumat (supertanker)
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#3. Batillus

It was built in 1976, as a supertanker by Chantiers de l’Atlantique at Saint-Nazaire for the French branch of Shell Oil. Batillus had almost 554,000 tones of dead weight and her speed was 16 to 17 knots. The length of Batillus was almost 1,359 feet. Her last voyage was in 1985, and the main reason for her retirement was finances.
Batillus
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#4. Prairial (supertanker)

Built in 1979 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique at Saint-Nazaire for Compagnie Nationale de Navigation, this supertanker was long 1359 feet, 555 000 tones heavy and had speed of almost 16 knots. It was sailing over years, which is pretty good number for huge ships. During her life time she changed several names like Sea Brilliance (1985), Hellas Fos (1986) and Sea Giant (1997). Prairial was an oil super tanker which has served the world for almost 34 years. It was transporting crude oil and goods from one part of the world to the other.

Prairial (supertanker)

Prairial (supertanker)

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#5. Esso Atlantic

It was an oil tanker who served for 35 years and weight over 516 000 tones. It was 1334 feet long and could achieve speed of 16 knots. Esso Atlanticwas disposed off as scrap on 2002 in Pakistan.
Esso Atlantic
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#6. Emma Mærsk

Emma Maerskis currently the biggest ship which and is still in service. Emma Mærsk is the first container ship in the E-class of eight ships owned by the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group. When she was launched in 2006, Emma Mærsk was the largest container ship ever built. This huge shit is able to carry around 11,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). The deadweight tonnage capacity of Emma is almost 159,000 the speed is almost 26 knots which makes her one of the fastest container ships in the world today. The length of this magnificent and huge ship is 1,305 feet.
Emma Mærsk
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#7. TI class supertanker

TI Oceania is around 440,000 tones while the speed capacity varies from 16 to 18 knots and length of 1246 feet. People say that if TI Oceania is seen from the sky, it looks like a giant ice berg floating in the ocean. Oceania is highly equipped with technology in order to handle every obstacle that might occur during her sail. TI Oceania has been through a lot during its 9 working years, and it is still in good condition.
TI class supertanker
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