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COSCO Shipping's 'Universe' container ship among world's largest

Editor: Zhang Jianfeng 丨CGTN

06-13-2018 13:49 BJT

China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) is now equipped with the world's largest container ship by maximum capacity.

The COSCO Shipping Universe, delivered by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) on Tuesday in Shanghai, has a dead-weight of 198,000 tons, the largest in the world.

The cargo capacity is also among the best. It can carry 21,237 TEU (20-foot equivalent unit) of standard cargo. 

The vessel breaks China's record of largest container ship, which was set just last month by another COSCO ship: the COSCO Shipping Virgo, with a cargo capacity of 20,119 TEU.

The world TEU record is maintained by the OOCL Hong Kong (built in 2017) with 21,413.

Container ships are vessels that carry metal containers from one port to another.

The Universe is 400 meters long and 58.6 meters wide, with a maximum draft of 16 meters and a design speed of 22 knots.

The ship was developed to be green and smart. It is China's first time installing an intelligent system in an ultra-large container ship (ULCS).

Equipped with multiple cabin monitoring and alarm systems, and efficiency management and closed-circuit television monitoring systems, crew members will be able to conduct real-time surveillance over the performance of the unmanned cabins and all the key parts of the ship.

The most advanced pilot control system, local area network system and ship-shore satellite communication system in the cab ensure a safe voyage and smooth communication.

There are five more ships of the same type being delivered in 2019.

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