HMM Algeciras now the biggest in the world   4192
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Location: Terneuzen, Waterfront (66 m)      by: Mentor Depret
Area: Netherlands      Date: 2020 06 11 5:55 pm CEST
Maybe for a few months, the HMM Algeciras will hold the crown of the biggest container ship in the world. The measure they use is how many TEU containers the ship can load. For the HMM Algeciras, this is 23.964 TEU units so hardly 208 more than what the MSC Gülsün and 5 sister ships can transport. Of course this is totally unnoticible for the eye and I can tell you the MSC Gülsün and MSC Samar looked even bigger when they pass here, a few months ago. And indeed although the overall length of all these ships is the same i.e. 399.9 meters, the MSC Gülsün and sisters have a beam (width) of 61.5 m while the HMM Algeciras is 61.0 m.
TEU stands for twenty-foot equivalent unit containers but most of the containers you see on ships are the double as long forty-foot equivalent units or FEUs'

I shot this from a height of about 68 m above the water level so you can imagine how high these ships are. The ship was commissioned in April 2020 and will have 5 sisters soon.

Canon Eos M6 with EF-M 18-150 mm, 11 p RAW, 35 mm (56mm KB), iso 125, f 9, 1/320, 5000°K, PtguiPro, 11967x3475 167.6 MB TIFF, crop 6229x1296, downsized 2404x500 418 KB JPEG


Very interesting to see. The ship is not fully loaded. Is this due to partial unloading on the way already or due to reduced freight in the crisis? Cheers, Martin
2020/06/15 19:44 , Martin Kraus
hi Martin. I asked a ship reporter how these containers are placed on the ship. This is quite complicated because for reasons of stability, the weight must be divided well and the heavier containers low in the vessel. In addition, the containers with the same destination are grouped in the same compartment(s).
Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is of course a South Korean company, so I suppose that most of the containers were loaded in that country and in Japan.
Then the fully loaded ship sails to many destinations in Europe for instance starting in Algeciras (Spain), then to Le Havre, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremerhaven,.... That is why some compartments are already empty. Of course empty containers must go back to Asia so they are stored again on the ship as well as freight from European countries to Asia. That is how it works in normal conditions but it may be that some of the empty compartments are now the result of corona.
During the corona lockdown, I didn't see many container ships but since the economy started up again, they (the big ones) are back in high numbers.
2020/06/15 22:46 , Mentor Depret
I've never seen such a giant with my own eyes, this must be an impressing moment for you.
2020/06/17 19:42 , Silas S
to Silas: yes indeed and I can tell you hundreds of people came to Terneuzen to see this ship. It is simply incredibly big. That is why I presented it here heavily cropped from the pano, giving a much better feeling to the viewer how big it is.
2020/06/17 23:14 , Mentor Depret

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