The Ultra Large Container Ship from a different angle

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The Ultra Large Container Ship from a different angle

The Ultra Large Container Ship from a different angle

ULCS, short for Ultra Large Container Ship, is the generic name for container ships with a nominal container capacity of 10,000 TEU and over. For many, the ULCS is a fascinating ship, and the editors of DynaLiners Weekly, published by Dynamar of Alkmaar/The Netherlands, are no exception. DynaLiners is keeping track of all ULCS operating and on order. Not only that, we also check the distribution of the ships over the individual operators, both by number, size and type. This, amongst others, reveals a carriers flexibility of trading through the new Panama Canal with ULCS. If not, it would basically be condemned to serving the Europe-Far East trade only with such large tonnage.

As of 1 January 2018, 451 ULCS were operating, while another 129 were on order for delivery into 2020. MSC deploys the largest number (ninety) and at the same time has the largest ULCS on order (11x 23,350 TEU).

Maersk Line, the inventor, initiator and developer of the ULCS with its 15,500 TEU Emma Maersk (initially rated at 11,000 TEU when launched in August 2006), comes second with eighty-six existing vessels, of which thirteen inherited from its recent Hamburg Süd acquisition. The Danes have eleven units on order, including six of 20,600 TEU each.

Cosco Shipping Line currently uses sixty-seven ULCS, which will be joined by another twenty-nine units over the....

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